Revilla on privilege speech: Matagal nating ipinagpray ito

By Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 20 2014 03:18 PM | Updated as of Jan 20 2014 11:19 PM

MANILA - The Revilla family prayed together in a simple prayer ceremony held at the Padilla room of the Senate minutes before the start of Senator Bong Revilla's privilege speech at the session hall.

Revilla was joined by his wife Rep. Lani Mercado, and children Ludette, Ina, Gianna, Jolo, Brian and Ram.

He was also joined by his father, Sen Ramon Revilla Sr.

Several Cavite politicians also joined the prayer for the senator who has been charged for alleged involvement in the P10 billion pork barrel scam.

"Matagal nating ipinagpray ito," Revilla said.

"Nag file na tayo ng counter affidavit so this is the best time to tell the truth," he added.

Long time friend in showbiz Philip Salvador was also present to show support for Revilla.

"Sa ganitong sitwasyon kailangan ka ng kaibigan mo, makita ka man lang na andyan ang suporta at kailanman ay hindi nagbago ang tingin sayo" Salvador said.

Revilla is expected to answer accusations that he allegedly benefited from his pork barrel by giving a huge amount to fake NGOs linked to Janet Lim Napoles.