Bong: Palace rushing to have us arrested

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 07 2014 06:00 PM | Updated as of May 08 2014 06:40 AM

PNoy challenged: Release pork list now

MANILA - Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. has accepted the prospect of being arrested over the pork barrel scam.

But he reiterated he is innocent and repeated his appeal for the administration to release the list containing the names allegedly involved in the pork barrel scam.

This time, he directed the challenge to President Benigno Aquino III.

"Kung talagang total cleansing, dapat linisin natin lahat, hindi pupuwede tayong magmalinis pero hindi naman totoong paglilinis. I challenge the President na magpakatotoo kayo. Kung talagang gusto niyong magkaroon ng pagbabago, ilabas niyo ang listahan kung totoo 'yan o hindi," Revilla told reporters on Wednesday.

He said he has received information that the Palace is rushing to have the plunder charges elevated to the Sandiganbayan and for a warrant of arrest be issued against him, along with two of his colleagues who have been indicted, Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile.

"Dahil sa naging mensahe natin kahapon na pinipilit natin na ilahad na ni [Justice] Secretary [Leila] de Lima ang listahan, meron kaming nakuhang impormasyon na parang mas pinabilis na ng Palasyo na maisampa kaagad ang kaso laban sa amin sa Sandiganbayan. Nakalulungkot. Bagamat saan pa ba naman hahantong 'yan," he said, adding that it was a way for the administration to harass him.

"Kung ikukulong kami, sana now na. Sobra na ang sakit ng nararamdaman ko, ng pamilya ko, kung gagawin man nila 'yun, I'm ready. Sinabi ko nga noon pa, pinaubaya ko na ito sa Panginoon. Pero sana naman, ang hiling ko, huwag naman idamay ang pamilya ko."

Asked when the filing of charges could possibly happen, he said, "Tomorrow, Friday or early next week."

He said the list should be released to let those who would be tagged to defend themselves.

"Ang nangyayari ngayon e dahil sa hindi paglabas ng list, parang naho-hostage na ang Kongreso at Senado e... Sila ang may hawak kay Napoles, bakit kailangan nilang itago ang listahan? Bakit hindi dapat ilahad ito sa sambayanang Pilipino? Kailangang malaman ng tao kung sino-sinong involved dyan, kung totoo ba ito o hindi," Revilla said.

Revilla is confident that he would be exonerated in the end.

"Mga kababayan, malinis po ang aking konsensya. Kung anuman po ang plano ng administrasyon sa akin, nakahanda po ako," he said.

Reacting to his colleagues' signing the Blue Ribbon Committee report that recommended that the three senators be charged with plunder, Revilla said he would also have signed the report, saying that there was indeed a misuse of public funds.

But he reiterated his innocence, saying that they have been prejudged.

"Kung ano ang nandoon sa posisyon nila, I'll sign the committee report because meron talagang anomalya. But ang point lang dito, nasasabit kami. Ang masasabi ko, basta't ipapaliwanag namin sa korte lahat, kung ano ang katotohanan, at darating ang tamang oras na maki-clear ang lahat ng pangalan namin, me personally," Revilla said.