Just like in Sinulog here in Cebu. It’s been said that its prohibited for candidates to go campaigning during the Panagbenga Festival in Baguio. However, this did not deter candidates of Hugpong ng Pagbabago of Sarah Duterte. Their shameless epal campaigning during the said event is frowned upon by the locals to a point where they’ve been met with a barrage of water bottle missiles barely missing Bong Revilla as he walk past Igorot Park.

Other senators who accompanied Bong Revilla — who was as of late absolved of plunder charges emerging from the pork barrel scam — previous on-screen character and Sen. Lito Lapid, and active Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, joined the merriments at the welcome of a city councilor.

Revilla persisted despite being under threat of watter bottle missiles and advanced towards the onlookers to shake hands.

The standards against political crusading were set after Marcos and her sibling, previous Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., disturbed a year ago’s motorcade by shamelessly campaigning during the festival. BFFFI had focused on that the present road moving and great buoy marches were “nonpolitical occasions and just contenders, official passages, contingents and members were permitted to join.”

Who is Bong Revilla?

Bong Revilla was one of the few Senators linked to Napoles pork-barrell scam which exploded during the stint of President Noynoy Aquino. He was accused funneling his pork barrel through bogus non-governmental organizations (NGOs) linked to Janet Lim Napoles, allegedly earning P224.5 million in kickbacks. It started when the Commission on Audit found that in 2007-2009 reveals that  Bong Revilla, along with Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada, served as patrons to the many dubious NGOs controlled by Napoles.

GARNISHMENT. The anti-graft court grants the Ombudsman's petition to secure payment from Senator Ramon Revilla Jr if it eventually rules in favor of the government. File Photo by Rappler

For the last four-years. The Sandiganbayan 1st Division creates a special division of 5 as the regular member-justices reach an to rule on Bong Revilla’s plunder case and then in December 7, 2018. They ruled to acquit Revilla of plunder after 4 years. The anti-graft court also orders the return of P124.5 million to the Philippine treasury. Which Bong Revilla blatantly refused.He also posted bail for 16 other pending counts for graft and is expected to be free after 4 years of detention. The graft cases are, however, still undergoing trial.

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