Bong Revilla casts vote, eyes Senate return

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 13 2019 09:03 AM


MANILA -- Former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. cast his ballot for Monday's midterm elections, as he sought a return to the Senate following his acquittal from plunder in connection with the multi-billion pork barrel scam. 

The 52-year-old former action star voted in Bacoor, Cavite, accompanied by his wife and city's incumbent mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla and their son Jolo Revilla. 

 

Revilla enjoys the backing of regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte's daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. 

He placed 4th to 8th in a voter preference survey conducted by Pulse Asia from May 3 to 6. 

The former actor and lawmaker was acquitted of plunder in December 2018. 

The prosecution had accused the actor-turned-politician of embezzling P224 million in discretionary funds while he was still senator. 

Government prosecutors insist that while acquitted, Revilla should pay P124.5 million to the government as civil liability along with alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles and his former staff Richard Cambe, who were both found guilty of plunder.

Revilla is still facing 16 other counts of graft and had posted bail for his temporary liberty.