Palace assures no shaming of Revilla in SONA

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 22 2014 03:48 PM | Updated as of Jun 23 2014 12:01 AM

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III does not intend to shame Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) next month, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said.

In an interview with radio dzRB, Coloma allayed the fears of Revilla’s wife, Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado, who said she will not attend the SONA in July since she already knows what Aquino will be saying against her husband.

“Iginagalang po namin at kinikilala ang kanyang karapatan na magpahayag ng kanyang saloobin. Wala pong ganyang hangarin ang ating Pangulo,” Coloma said.

Friends and relatives, led by former Senator Ramon Revilla Sr., continued to visit Revilla at Camp Crame, where the senator has been detained since Friday after the Sandiganbayan found enough basis to proceed with the plunder and graft complaint filed by the Office of the Ombudsman.

Surrounded by supporters and friends, Revilla went to the Sandiganbayan to personally surrender.

Despite these, Revilla may seek a higher post in 2016, saying the people’s clamor for him to run for the presidency would be his vindication.

“Bayan na po ang magpapasya hinggil diyan,” Coloma said, adding that the administration is not focused on who it will pit in the presidential race in 2016.

“Binibilang po natin ‘yung araw, humigit-kumulang 738 days hanggang sa ika-30 ng Hunyo 2016 na pagtatapos ng termino ng ating Pangulo. Naka-focus po tayo. Hindi po tayo natitinag sa determinasyon na ipatupad ang mga ipinangakong reporma na ihatid po sa ating mga kababayan at ‘yan po ang pokus natin at hindi po politika,” he said.