Sen. Bong Revilla surrenders to Sandiganbayan, files motion for bail
(Updated 1:22 p.m.) Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. surrendered to the Sandiganbayan before noon Friday, after the anti-graft court signed a warrant for his arrest in connection with the P10-billion pork barrel fund scam.
Bong Revilla surrenders to Sandiganbayan. Senator Ramon Bong Revilla Jr. surrenders to the Sandiganbayan on Friday, June 20, after a warrant of arrest was issued against him. Revilla and 32 others have been charged with plunder and graft for their alleged involvement in the P10-billion pork barrel scam. GMA News
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."
Revilla was accompanied to the Sandiganbayan by his wife, Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla; sons Jolo and Bryan; daughter Loudette and Gianna; and grandson Gab.
His sisters Andrea Yñares and Rowena Bautista, and brother Ram were also with him.
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