Wife Lani files Bong Revilla's COC for senatorial bid

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 17 2018 08:46 AM | Updated as of Oct 17 2018 10:13 AM

Bacoor Mayor Lani Mercado arrives at Comelec to file Bong Revilla's certificate of candidacy for senator. She first went to the Manila Cathedral to pray before filing the COC. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Former Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla on Wednesday filed his certificate of candidacy through his family, in his first foray into politics since being arrested for alleged involvement in the pork barrel fund scam.

Bacoor Mayor Lani Mercado filed Revilla's certificate of candidacy for senator at the Commission on Elections office in Intramuros, Manila. She was accompanied by her son, Jolo Revilla. 

The detained former lawmaker, who is on trial for plunder, was in the 11 to 17 range based on a Sept. 1 to 7 poll of voter preferences.

The former action star is detained at Camp Crame police general headquarters. He denied allegations he misused P224 million from his "pork barrel" or discretionary funds.

Bacoor Mayor Lani Mercado arrives at Comelec to file Bong Revilla's COC for senator. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Revilla's plunder trial ended in August and his case is up for decision.

Revilla previously served as senator after being elected in 2004 and 2010.

During the 14th Congress, Revilla was chairman of the Senate Committees on Public Works and on Public Services, and boasts of the passage of the Mandatory Helmet Act, which obliged all motorcycle riders, including the backriders, to wear standard protective helmet.

He also sought a Senate investigation into celebrity doctor Hayden Kho after accusing him of making at least 40 videos of his sexual trysts with various women including actress Katrina Halili.

Congress passed the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009 after hearings on this.