MANILA - Former Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. on Thursday said the testimony of a prosecution witness from Asia United Bank (AUB) at the continuation of his plunder trial at the Sandiganbayan 1st Division was in his favor.
The prosecution presented AUB Bank Officer for Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Eduardo Arsenio Roldan, who testified on bank accounts of Revilla, his wife Lani Mercado and son Bryan, worth a total of P42.8 million.
The accounts were under the names “Ramon Bong Revilla”, “Jose Marie Bautista”, “Jesusa Victoria Bautista” and “Leonard Bryan Revilla”.
Associate Justice Geraldine Econg asked Roldan if the bank made a suspicious transaction report (STR) on the accounts, aside from the usual compliance report for accounts worth P500,000 and above.
Roldan said the bank only made the STR when news broke on the Priority Development Assistance Fund scam, a fund diversion racket where Revilla and other lawmakers were implicated.
“Narinig ninyo naman 'yung sinabi mismo nung witness nila na nagkaroon lang ng red flag noong sinabi na, nung iniimbestigahan na ako,” Revilla said in an ambush interview after the hearing.
The prosecution had said the bank deposits were made during the time of the PDAF scam and was the subject of investigation by the Anti-Money Laundering Council.
With the witness' admission on the STR, Revilla asserted that the transactions were not illegal.
“Nung ano wala namang red flag, so walang illegal transaction. Kaya nagpapasalamat ako sa witness na prinesent nila ngayon na lumalabas na walang ilegal na nangyari. Parang nabunutan ng tinik eh, na parang thank you, kaya may Diyos pa rin," he said.