The Sandiganbayan has cleared Senator Bong Revilla of 16 counts of graft in connection with the P10-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel scam.
In a resolution promulgated July 1, the anti-graft court’s Special First Division granted the demurrer to evidence filed by Revilla due to insufficient evidence against him, but denied the same motion of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles.
The cases against Revilla’s co-accused and former aide Richard Cambe, meanwhile, were dismissed on account of his death in April.
Revilla was accused of diverting his pork barrel and giving unwarranted benefit to bogus non-government organizations (NGOs) linked to Napoles to receive kickbacks.
The Sandiganbayan said letters from Revilla endorsing Napoles NGOs were “merely recommendatory” and “[did] not command nor compel the implementing agencies to whom these are addressed to award the project to the recommended…