Statement on the Acquittal of Former Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr.

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The acquittal of former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla reveals the real face of our justice system: skewed in favor of the rich and powerful. As Sandiganbayan Justice Gomez-Estoesta put it, the evidence against Revilla was “insurmountable”. Revilla’s acquittal despite the overwhelming evidence is nothing short of incredible.

Our justice system is supposed to be the main instrument for holding public officials accountable. Instead, it has become the biggest stumbling block to public accountability. The highly politicized appointment process, the lack of judicial accountability, and the absence of transparency have destroyed the independence and integrity of our courts. How can we have justice when those who decide cases are not subjected to lifestyle checks and are not required to show their SALN’s to the public?

I applaud the dissenting justices who voted for Revilla’s conviction, and hope they thrive and multiply. We need more of them in our courts to restore justice and the rule of law, and foster the genuine development of our people.

- Atty. Chel Diokno

Abe Diokno