THE Sandiganbayan First Division yesterday denied detained former Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.’s request for permission to file demurrer of evidence which is aimed at having his P224.5-million plunder case dismissed.
The ruling will force Revilla to present his evidence to counter the prosecution’s arguments on his plunder case.
“After considering the evidence admitted by the Court… the Court is of the view that there is a need for the accused to present evidence,” said Associate Justice Efren dela Cruz, the Sandiganbayan First Division chairman, in an open court hearing Thursday.
The anti-graft court said Revilla and his chief-of-staff Richard Cambe and businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, both accused, can still proceed with filing their demurrers within a period of 10 days.
But it warned that the accused may lose their opportunity to present their defense because filing a demurrer without leave is tantamount to waiving the right to present a defense.
“We have to study that carefully [if] we will take a chance by just filing a demurrer or to present evidence,” said Atty. Estelito Mendoza, Revilla’s lawyer.