Legal counsel quits on Senator Bong Revilla
MANILA, Feb. 12 — The lead counsel of detained Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla had formally severed his legal relations with the senator in a two-page document submitted to the anti-graft court reveals Thursday.
Lawyer Joel Bodegon, in his manifestation sent to the Sandiganbayan First Division, said he was officially terminating his legal services to the senator. He did not mention the reason why he quits as legal counsel of Revilla.
Revilla has been accused of funneling millions of pesos in his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) otherwise known as “pork barrel fund” to fictitious non-government organizations for kickbacks owned and controlled by his co-accused businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles. Revilla and his co-accused allegedly received Php 224.5 million in kickbacks from 2006 to 2010.
Just last year, the Sandiganbayan First Division chaired by Associate Justice Efren dela Cruz, denied Revilla’s bid for temporary freedom. He has filed a motion for reconsideration that is currently pending before the anti-graft court.
Bodegon asked that all of Revilla’s documents related to the pork barrel scam be sent to the senator’s office at the Senate, until a new lawyer is named.