MANILA - "Huwag niyo akong babuyin."
This is the request of Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. ahead of his impending arrest after being charged with graft and plunder for the alleged misuse of public funds.
Speaking to reporters, the embattled senator said he can either be fetched by arresting officers or he could voluntarily surrender once the warrant for his arrest comes out.
Revilla said he has spoken briefly with Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief Director Benjamin Magalong about his arrest.
"Kausap ko lang itong taong ito na wag niyo akong babuyin. Baka hindi maging maganda ang mangyari pag ako ay bababuyin," he said.
"Respeto na lang tayo. Hindi na senador pero ordinaryong mamamayan."
The senator, who is accused of amassing more than P224 million, said his father, Ramon Revilla Sr., is very worried about his impending arrest. He said he is already preparing his dad for the worst.
Revilla earlier said he is expecting the issuance of the arrest warrant any time soon after the Sandiganbayan issued a hold departure order against him.
Asked what he would bring to jail, he said he would pack a bible and some books.
He also joked that he will do push-ups everyday to improve his abs and physical stamina.
"Eh bawal daw ang computer, no cell phones siguro magpu-push up na lang ako. 'Pag nakita nyo ko mas malaki pa katawan ko sa dating Panday. Dasal. Bibliya. Wag naman sanang ipagbawal yung libro," Revilla said.