MANILA—Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla defended her family's reign in Cavite, saying they hold positions of power because the people vote for them.
"Alam niyo kasi ibinoboto naman po kami ng tao. Kung ayaw po ng tao na pamilya po ang naglilingkod, puwede naman po 'yung lumabas pagdating ng halalan," she said in an interview with DZMM Teleradyo on Friday.
(You know, people vote for us. If they don't like it that our family is serving in the government, it would be evident during elections.)
Mercado's husband, Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., was a former senator, while their son, Jolo, is the incumbent vice governor.
Revilla's brother, Strike Revilla, is the incumbent representative of the Second District of Cavite.
According to Mercado, working with family members in government benefits their constituents because it is easier to get funding for their projects.
"Kasi nagkakaunawaan na kami kung ano 'yung kailangan ng lugar namin, so may advantage 'yun. 'Yun ang nakikita ko sa experience ko bilang dating legislator sa Kongreso, at ngayon ay mayor malaking bagay talaga 'pag nagkakaunawaan kayo at hindi nagiging . . . kasi 'pag magkakalaban, 'pag may contest, haharangan 'yan," she said.
(We understand what our constituents need so that is an advantage. Based on experience, as a former legislator in Congress and now as a mayor, it is important when officials understand each other. When you work with your opponents, there's a contest, they can block [funds for projects].)
Mercado on Wednesday filed her husband's certificate of candidacy for senator at the Commission on Elections office in Intramuros, Manila.
The detained former lawmaker was in the 11 to 17 range based on a September 1 to 7 poll of voter preferences for senator.
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.
Mercado, Jolo Revilla and Strike Revilla are also up for re-election in their respective posts.