Sen. Bong Revilla surrenders to Sandiganbayan, files motion for bail
Revilla, wearing a white polo, arrived aboard a van that passed through the court compound's back entrance, radio dzBB's Rowena Salvacion reported.
The senator lost no time in filing a motion for bail but also asked the court to send him to Camp Crame for detention in case the bail petition is denied, according to his lawyer Joel Bodegon.
Shortly after noon, the court granted Revilla's motion to be detained at Camp Crame, said the clerk of court. He was to be brought to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit.
Revilla arrived at Camp Crame past 1 p.m. and will undergo booking procedure.
Revilla's lawyer, Joel Bodegon, insisted however that his client did not surrender, describing the senators' decision to go to the Sandiganbayan as a "voluntary submission."
Media crews mobbed Revilla while security personnel of the Sandiganbayan tried to keep media at a distance so the senator can formally surrender to the graft court.
Supporters of the senator managed to get near the area.
Revilla was at the Sheriff's Office as of 11:19 a.m.
Earlier, Revilla said there is no need to arrest him as he will surrender to the court. Plunder is a non-bailable charge.
On the other hand, Associate Justice Efren Dela Cruz recommended a P30,000 bail bond for the graft charges.
Meanwhile, lawyer Richard Cambe, Revilla's legislative staff who is also facing plunder and graft charges, is expected to surrender to the court within the day.
A source said he is just near the Sandiganbayan premises.
Lawyer Remigio Michael Ancheta, Cambe's counsel, said they will be filing a petition for bail on Monday. — Joel Locsin and Andreo Calonzo/LBG/KG/RSJ, GMA News