Revilla open to seeking higher office in 2016

by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 10 2014 05:42 PM | Updated as of Mar 11 2014 01:42 AM

MANILA - Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. said he is open to running for a higher position in the 2016 elections, believing that controversies in connection with the pork barrel scam have not affected his political fortunes.

"Hindi. Why? Hindi ko ginawa yan e. Wala ako dapat ikatakot. Kaya hindi ako maapektuhan dyan,” Revilla told reporters.

He said nothing is definite yet even if he remains in contention to become the standard bearer of the Lakas party in the 2016 elections.

"Actually si [Lakas] president, Congressman Martin Romualdez, siya mismo ang nagbanggit na ako yung pambato ng Lakas. Saka alam mo malayo pa yan e, maraming nag pu-push sa atin,” Revilla said.

"Let’s wait and see… Kailangan nating ipagdasal yan, pero I’m open.”

Revilla is one of 38 people facing plunder, bribery and malversation charges before the Office of the Ombudsman for alleged links to the P10 billion pork barrel scam. He is accused of pocketing as much as P224.5 million in pork barrel kickbacks from Janet Lim Napoles, a charge that he has denied.

If he runs for president in 2016, he will be facing off with Vice-President Jejomar Binay who has already declared his plan to run for the presidency in the next election.

Other possible contenders for the Chief Executive position are Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano and Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.