Sandigan asks for more time to resolve Revilla’s bail bid
MANILA, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan has asked the Supreme Court for more time to resolve the bail petition of Senator Ramon Revilla Jr. who is detained for plunder over the pork barrel scam.
In a letter sent on Friday, the anti-graft court sought a 10-day extension from Saturday, November 22, to resolve the petition.
Under the high court’s rules, the Sandiganbayan is given 48 hours to issue a ruling after it submitted all evidence for resolution. In Revilla’s case, the court shall have released a ruling by Saturday since it submitted Revilla’s plea for resolution on Thursday.
The Sandiganbayan said it is “physically impossible” to resolve the petition within the deadline because of the voluminous documents of evidence and the number of witnesses.
The conclusion of the bail hearing gives way to the formal start of the trial on the corruption scandal.
Revilla is detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center with fellow Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, whose bail hearing remains pending. Another co-accused Juan Ponce Enrile meanwhile is under hospital detention. Accused mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles is locked up at the Camp Bagong Diwa female ward.
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