MANILA - Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. on Thursday said he was "not affected" by calls to revive death penalty for plunder cases.
"I am not affected by this proposal dahil acquitted ako, not guilty," Revilla said in a statement.
"Napatunayang ginipit lang ako."
(I was proven innocent.)
Revilla's statements came after colleague Sen. Christopher "Bong" Go filed a bill seeking death penalty for plunderers on Tuesday and called on fellow lawmakers to support the bill.
"Hindi na kailangan humingi sa akin ng tulong ni Sen. Bong Go from the get-go, [kasi] I have expressed my strong and personal support to capital punishment for drug trafficking and plunder," Revilla said.
(Sen. Bong Go does not need my help, because, from the get-go, I have expressed my strong and personal support to capital punishment for drug trafficking and plunder.)
"If at all, ako ang hihingi ng tulong sa kanya, to support yung aking panukala na idagdag sa batas, to prevent it from being weaponized for politics, na false accusers should also suffer death," he added.
(If at all, I will be the one to ask him for help, to support my proposal that false accusers should also suffer death to prevent death penalty from being weaponized for politics.)
The formerly detained senator earlier said he "personally" supports the revival of capital punishment for plunder and high-level illegal drug trafficking. He also said death penalty should also be reserved for those who "maliciously accuse others of these offenses."
"Sa pinagdaanan ko na inakusahan ng mali at inabswelto at pinawalang-sala, dapat may kaakibat na parusa sa mga nanggipit at nang-api," Revilla reiterated.
(From what I have experienced being wrongly accused and acquitted, there should be another penalty for those who persecuted and bullied others.)
"Kung ginawa ito sa akin, dapat siguruhin na hindi na ito magagawa sa iba," he said, taking a swipe on the people who charged him with plunder in 2014.
(If this was done to me, it should not be done to others.)
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.