MANILA – Some social media users wrote #BongPanes after Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. delivered his privilege speech Monday, which included a music video presentation dedicated to his supporters.
In his privilege speech, Revilla said he is ready to go to jail despite insisting that he is innocent of the crime of plunder.
Revilla also read a list of names he wanted to acknowledge -- God, his family, fellow senators, and his fans.
But what really got the attention of social media users was a song and music video entitled "Salamat Kaibigan," which Revilla dedicated to his supporters"
Some netizens said they thought they were watching a noontime variety show.
Some wrote about a possible movie parody.
One Twitter user said Revilla's music video capped a privilege speech that he believes was more of a show.
The song also made some netizens wonder if Revilla delivered either a privilege speech or a "privilege song."
Of course, there were many who didn't like the song.
Some, however, found Revilla's "Salamat Kaibigan" music video amusing.
And was it also a great contribution to original Pinoy music?
Some suggested a #BongPanes album in the future. The hashtag is a play on "Boom Panes," the title of a Vice Ganda song and a common expression online.
Revilla's privilege speech came after the Ombudsman filed plunder charges against him and fellow opposition senators Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile in connection with the pork barrel scam.
Revilla said he is willing to go to jail if it will become the "key to justice" in the country.
He said he will continue to work for his countrymen even if he is jailed.
He thanked the 20 million Filipinos who voted him into office and continued to support him through the years.
Revilla is accused of pocketing at least P224.51 million in Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF). The others accused include his former his former chief of staff Richard Cambe, as well as businesswoman and alleged scam brains Janet Lim Napoles.