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Philippine senator turns himself in over massive graft scandal

Published on Jun 20, 2014 11:28 AM
 
Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla, a popular movie actor here, is accused of channelling millions of dollars of public funds into bogus organisations in return for huge kickbacks. -- PHOTO: PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

MANILA - A senator linked to a massive corruption scandal that has riveted the Philippines turned himself in on Friday, hours after an anti-graft court issued a warrant for his arrest.

Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla, a popular movie actor here, is accused of channelling millions of dollars of public funds into bogus organisations in return for huge kickbacks.

Revilla faces one count of plunder and 16 counts of graft.

Two other senators are awaiting their arrests. One is Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada, son of former president and now Manila mayor Joseph Estrada, and the other is Juan Ponce-Enrile, a 90-year-old political survivor who enforced martial law under dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

 
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