MANILA - Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., said Tuesday he "personally supports" President Rodrigo Duterte's call to reinstate capital punishment for plunder and high-level illegal drug trafficking.
"I personally support the President's call to reinstate capital punishment for offenses related to drugs and plunder," the formerly detained senator said in a statement.
"Dagdagan ko lang na dapat may parusa rin na kamatayan for those who falsely and maliciously accuse others of these offenses," Revilla added, taking a swipe on the people who charged him with plunder in 2014.
Revilla was charged for allegedly pocketing P224 million in kickbacks through bogus organizations.
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.
Revilla ran for the Senate and secured the 11th slot in the race last May with 14,624,445 votes.
The Senate comeback of the actor-politician, after nearly half a decade of detention over the charges, was full of controversies and backlashes.
Duterte asked Congress to reinstate capital punishment for heinous crimes related to drugs and corruption during his 4th State of the Nation Address last Monday.
“I respectfully request Congress to reinstate the death penalty for heinous crimes related to drugs as well as plunder,” he said.
The death penalty bill has faced strong opposition from senators of the 17th Congress. The House of Representatives, however, passed the proposed measure.