MANILA - The Sandiganbayan has allowed former Sen. Bong Revilla and his former staffer Richard Cambe to spend Christmas eve with their families.
The anti-graft court's first division partially granted the request for a Christmas furlough filed by Revilla and Cambe and were allowed to spend time with their families from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 24.
Revilla originally requested that he be allowed to be with his family from Dec. 24 to 25 for Christmas and on Dec. 31 to January 1 for the New Year.
Revilla was allowed to be with his family in Bacoor, Cavite, while Cambe was allowed to go to his brother’s residence in Imus, Cavite.
The two, who are on trial for plunder at the Sandiganbayan for alleged involvement in the Priority Development Assistance Fund scam, must comply with usual conditions for a furlough, such as not being allowed to leave earlier than 1 hour before the appointed time and going back to the detention center on time.
Media interviews are also prohibited.
The Philippine National Police also has control over the use of communication gadgets, and Revilla and Cambe are directed to shoulder expenses to be incurred by the police escorts.