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TIMELINE: Senator Bong Revilla’s arrest and detention for plunder


(Updated 8:16 p.m., Sept. 2) After triggering a massive protest and the scrapping of lawmakers' discretionary funds last year, the alleged pork barrel scam has now reached the courts.

More than a year after the scandal broke out, criminal cases were filed against personalities accused of involvement in the anomaly, including alleged mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles, Senators Ramon Bong Revilla Jr., Jinggoy Estrada, and Juan Ponce Enrile. 

Last June 20, Revilla became the first senator to be arrested and detained for plunder and graft charges related to the massive fraud.

Revilla was first elected as senator in 2004 and is currently on his second and last term. In the 2010 polls, he topped the list of candidates elected to the Senate. He is being eyed by the opposition Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) as presidential candidate in the 2016 elections.

Below is a timeline of court proceedings on the pork barrel cases against Revilla.

September 16, 2013

The National Bureau of Investigation files plunder complaints against Napoles, Revilla, Estrada and Enrile, as well as two former members of the House of Representatives, in connection with the alleged pork barrel scam.

April 1, 2014

The Office of the Ombudsman announces its decision to indict Napoles and the three senators with plunder and graft in connection with the alleged pork barrel scam.

June 5, 2014

The Office of the Ombudsman denies the motion for reconsideration filed by the three senators and Napoles, and decides to push ahead with the filing of plunder and graft charges against them after concluding that their appeals were "rehashes of the arguments previously raised by them." 
 
June 6, 2014

The Ombudsman formally files plunder charges against Napoles and the three senators before the Sandiganbayan.
 
June 9, 2014

The Ombudsman files graft charges against Napoles and the three senators. Revilla is facing 16 counts of graft in the pork barrel scam.
 
June 13, 2014

The Sandiganbayan determines which divisions will handle the criminal charges filed against the three senators. Revilla's cases went to the first division, headed by Associate Justice Efren dela Cruz.
 
June 17, 2014

The Sandiganbayan issues a hold departure order against Revilla, Enrile and Napoles.
 
June 19, 2014

(past 10 a.m.)
- The Sandiganbayan First Division junks Revilla's petition to suspend court proceedings on his plunder and graft cases. Revilla's lawyers earlier argued that proceedings should be halted since the Ombudsman's request for two special panels to hear the case has not yet been decided on by the Supreme Court. 

(past 4 p.m.) - The Sandiganbayan First Division orders the issuance of arrest warrants against Revilla, Napoles and 31 of their co-accused. The arrest warrant on Revilla was not served within the day because Justice dela Cruz was not able to sign the document.
 
June 20, 2014

(past 8 a.m.)
- The Sandiganbayan First Division issues arrest warrants against Revilla and 32 of his co-accused. 
 
(past 10 a.m.) - Revilla arrives at the Sandiganbayan to surrender to authorities. 

(past 11 a.m.) - Revilla files a motion asking the Sandiganbayan to allow him to post bail for plunder. He also asked the anti-graft court to detain him at Camp Crame, which was granted. 

(around 1 p.m.) - Revilla proceeds to the Philippine National Police (PNP) multipurpose hall inside Camp Crame for a medical examination and booking procedures. His mug shots are also taken. PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac said an initial medical check of Revilla indicated he was "normal except for slightly high blood pressure."

(shortly before 3 p.m.) - Revilla is detained at Unit One of the PNP Custodial Center. His family members were allowed to pay him a visit.

Visiting hours at the custodial center are from from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

(past 4 p.m.) - Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado, Senator Revilla's wife, says the heat at the custodial center has given him a headache. His lawyer Joel Bodegon describes Revilla's quarters as "napakainit" but says the senator is all right aside from the migraine.

June 25, 2014 - The Office of the Ombudsman, through the Office of the Prosecutor, moved to amend plunder cases against Revilla and his co-accused. The Ombudsman wants to emphasize that it was Revilla "who amassed, accumulated, and acquired ill-gotten wealth" in the alleged pork barrel scam. [http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/367259/news/nation/ombudsman-bucks-amends-plunder-information-for-pork-scam-cases]
 
June 26, 2014 

 
past 7 a.m. - Revilla and his former staff member Richard Cambe arrive at the Sandiganbayan from their detention cells in Camp Crame for their arraignment for plunder and graft charges.
 
past 10 a.m. - Revilla refuses to enter a plea in his plunder case, prompting the Sandiganbayan First Division to enter a not guilty plea on his behalf. Cambe and Napoles enter a not guilty plea.

past 12 noon - The Sandiganbayan denies the Ombudsman's motion to amend the plunder and graft case against Revilla. 

June 30, 2014 - The Ombudsman asks the Sandiganbayan First Division to suspend Revilla in connection with the plunder charges filed against him.

July 9, 2014
 
8 a.m. - Revilla arrives at the Sandiganbayan for the pre-trial of the plunder and graft cases filed against him.
 
10:40 a.m. - The pretrial conference for Revilla's plunder and graft cases is canceled after his lawyers contested the fact that the public prosecutor failed to finish marking the documentary evidence against the senator.

July 17, 2014
 
 
July 31, 2014
 
 
August 7, 2014
 
4:28 p.m. - Lawyer Stephen David, main counsel of businesswoman and alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles, cross-examines Luy, insisting that he acted on the multibillion-peso scam on his own.

August 4, 2014
 
 
August 14, 2014
 
 
 
August 28, 2014
 
 
5:27 p.m. - Luy admits in open court that he never handed any money to Revilla, nor did he personally witness him signing endorsement letters for release of his PDAF to the bogus NGOs. — with Amanda Fernandez/RSJ/KG/JDS/YA/KBK, GMA News
 
RELATED | Timeline of Senator Jinggoy Estrada's arrest and detention on plunder charges

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