Palace confident Sen. Revilla will return to PHL after trip to Israel

March 31, 2014 9:24 am 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, March 30 (PNA) — Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr. might have left the country but he will definitely be coming back, Malacanang assured Sunday upon verifying with the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. in an interview on state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan raised the issue following concerns that Revilla was trying to run away from plunder charges filed against him.

It can be recalled that Revilla is one of the three senators (the others being Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada), implicated in the P10-billion pork barrel scam.

Reports showed that Revilla's media relations officer Amy Manzoa explained that the senator was out on a trip with his family to spend the Holy week there and seek divine intercession.

Coloma said that based on verification from the BI, Revilla was given authority to travel from Senate President Franklin Drilon himself.

“Ayon po sa beripikasyon na isinagawa natin kagabi, ayon po sa Bureau of Immigration and Deportation Commissioner Siegfred Mison, sina Senador (Bong) Revilla at Congressman (Lani) Mercado-Revilla ay nakakuha po ng travel authority mula sa Pangulo ng Senado at sa Speaker ng Kamara de Representantes hinggil sa kanilang pagbiyahe at pagbabalik sa takdang panahon,” Coloma said.

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has also verbally granted Revilla permission to travel since he was not subject of a Hold-Departure Order since the case is still under preliminary investigation at the Ombudsman.

Revilla and his family will be back before April 13, reports showed. (PNA)

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