MANILA - The Sandiganbayan 1st Division has granted the request of former Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. to leave detention for a dental check-up in Makati City Friday afternoon.
Last March 23, Revilla was also allowed to undergo “2nd stage implant surgery, post-operation check-up, implant impression, trial implant coping, trial unglazed and permanent installation” at the Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center at Greenbelt Center in Makati City.
After his implant procedure, Revilla is now scheduled to have a “routine dental check-up and restoration of cavities” according to his motion submitted to court.
“Accused Revilla is authorized to undergo dental procedures on August 25, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center (GAOC), located at the Ground Floor, The Residences, Greenbelt Center, Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City,” the court said in its resolution signed by Associate Justices Efren Dela Cruz, Geraldine Faith Econg and Edgardo Caldona.
The resolution came with the usual conditions set by the court such as the supervised use of communication equipment and a bar on media interviews.
Revilla’s request was granted in open court, just before the continuation of his hearing on his plunder case in connection with the multibillion peso Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.
During the hearing, the prosecution presented 12 witnesses who all testified that as former local officials, they did not receive any agricultural package or livelihood projects from the non-government organizations of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles or from Revilla's PDAF.
The witnesses, who all came from various municipalities in Mindanao, were as follows: Genalyn Campos, Eddie Batan, Gilbert Bautista, Edilberto Adlawon, Nelfa Ronquillo, Erlinda Arpilleda, Julian Algoriz, Roel Paras, Diosdado Pallasigue, Glicerio Monton, Mark Bello, and Loreta Loren.
The witnesses were either mayors or agriculturists who all said they did not receive any assistance from NGOs such as Masaganang Ani Para sa Magsasaka Foundation Inc., Agrikultura Para sa Magbubukid Foundation Inc., and Social Development Program for Farmers Foundation Inc.
Revilla and former Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile were charged with plunder in 2014 for allegedly allocating millions of pesos from their pork barrel funds for fake non-government organizations set up by businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles.
Revilla and Estrada have been detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City since 2014, while Enrile was released on bail in 2015 due to his poor health and old age.