MANILA - Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. on Thursday night said goodbye to his father, Ramon Sr., as he faces imminent arrest for plunder charges against him in relation to the pork barrel scam.
In an interview over dzMM, Revilla's wife Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado said the senator is planning to surrender at the Sandiganbayan early Friday morning.
The First Division of the Sandiganbayan has found probable cause in the plunder and graft charges against Revilla Jr., and others filed by the Ombudsman.
The finding of probable cause is basis for the issuance of warrants of arrest.
The earliest that Revilla can be served the warrant will be Friday, at 8 a.m.
"Nagpaalam na siya sa father-in-law ko dahil baka bukas ng umaga, first thing in the morning, pumunta na kami sa Sandiganbayan para doon na sumuko," she said adding that Revilla Sr., was very emotional as his son bade goodbye.
"Daddy was very sad, very disappointed. Mahal 'yan ng daddy eh, si Senator Bong," said Mercado. "Sabi niya, 'Bong does not deserve this.' Sabi ko, we have to be strong for Bong."
Mercado also expressed grief, saying that no matter how they have prepared for this situation, they cannot help but feel the pain.
"Kahit anong paghahanda pala ang gawin mo at kahit ikondisyon mo ang utak mo, kapag dumating ang araw na ganito talagang halong kalungkutan, galit at sama mg loob ang mararamdaman mo," she said.
Supporters of Revilla flocked to their house in Bacoor, Cavite after the Sandiganbayan ordered drafting the arrest warrant against the senator.
Mercado thanked her husband's supporters who remained loyal to him despite the difficult situation.
Amid all the challenges that their family is facing, Mercado said that they are now hanging their hopes on God.
"Ang Panginoon, talagang kinapitan namin sa mga panahon na ito. Since last year pa, noong naramdaman na namin itong panggigipit sa amin, talagang nagdesisyunan na ang pamilya na magkaroon ng Bible study sa tahanan," she said. "Nakita niyo naman nagpunta pa kami ng Holy Land despite of the threat na akala namin di kami makakalabas o pagbalik namin ay poposasan na lang si Senator Bong."
Earlier Thursday, Revilla said the recent developments on the pork scam case have been "mental torture" for his family.
"Araw-araw ginaganito kami tapos wala. Sabi ko, sobrang dagdag pahirap na naman ito sa aking pamilya. Talagang kung may sakit ka sa puso, aatakihin ka eh," he said.
Revilla, who is considering running for president in the 2016 elections, claimed that he is a target of political persecution.
Meanwhile, Mercado defended her husband, saying that the senator never dreamed of becoming the president.
She said it's Revilla's party-mates and supporters who want him to run for president in the 2016 polls.
"Di ambisyon ng asawa ko 'yan eh. May mga kapartido siyang nagka-clamor na tumakbo siya. Since he is the highest official of Lakas," said Mercado. "Tapos 'yung mga mamayan ng bansa kapag nag-iikot siya makikita mo yung pagmamahal. Hindi mo maiiwasan na magdeklara 'yung mga kasamahan niya na gusto nilang tumkbo si Senator Bong. But never nag-declare si Senator Bong na tatakbo siya."