Bong Revilla's Senate comeback was 'God's will', says wife

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 22 2019 04:01 PM | Updated as of May 22 2019 05:19 PM

MANILA - The Senate comeback of actor-politician Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. after nearly half a decade of detention over plunder charges was "God’s will", Revilla’s wife Lani Mercado said Wednesday.

Revilla, who was charged with plunder in 2014 for allegedly pocketing P224 million in kickbacks through bogus organizations, secured the 11th slot in the Senate race with 14,624,445 votes.

"It is God’s will," Mrs. Revilla, who also won as Bacoor, Cavite mayor, told ABS-CBN News on the sidelines of the senatorial proclamation in Pasay City.

The actress-turned-politician downplayed speculation that the Revilla family was planning to file charges against those who had a hand in her husband’s detention.

"I see no intention of doing so," she said.

“We are happy and victorious and we just want peace and rest for the meantime while he is preparing himself for the Senate,” she said.

The Sandiganbayan acquitted Revilla of plunder in December 2018, but asked the former actor to post a P480,000-bail for 16 other counts of graft charges.

Sen. Revilla earlier asked his bashers to stop criticizing him over his decision to showcase quirky dance moves, instead of platforms in his campaign advertisements.

The lawmaker said he would do “more work” and not dance in the legislative chamber.