Philam Life exec testifies against Revilla in plunder trial

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 28 2017 05:36 PM

MANILA - The prosecution on Thursday presented Philam Life Assurance Corporation Compliance Head Imelda Fortugaleza to support the claim that former Sen. Bong Revilla amassed P224 million from his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). 

In what may have been the last hearing on Revilla's plunder case, Fortugaleza brought documents, which Philam Life submitted to the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC), on 4 insurance policies of Jose Marie Bautista, which she said “included an alias named “Bong Revilla Jr.” 

Defense lawyer Estelito Mendoza, however, dismissed the testimony of Fortugaleza, emphasizing that the years covered by the insurance policies were 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2001 when Revilla was not yet a senator. 

Revilla's was first elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2010. 

However, the prosecution said the insurance premiums included the year 2007 which was the time the PDAF transactions between Revilla and businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles happened. 

“Ang relevant dyan ay yung 2007 na payment of premiums which is included in the computation of AMLC's alleged unexplained and ill-gotten wealth of Sen. Revilla based on their investigation amounting to 87,626,587.63,” Office of the Special Prosecutor Director Joefferson Toribio said.

Meantime, the prosecution and the defense argued on the testimony of an additional prosecution witness, Commission on Audit auditor Magno Oasan, on Special Allotment Release Orders for the year 2010. 

The proposed testimony of Oasan was already denied by the court but is now a subject of a motion for reconsideration filed by the prosecution. 

The prosecution maintained that the P224 million kickbacks supposedly received by Revilla included amounts from the 2010 SARO, which was opposed by the defense which said that the 2010 SARO was not included in the information filed by the Ombudsman.

The court said it will resolve the matter before the next scheduled hearing on October 3.