MANILA - Former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla said one of his main agenda, if he gets re-elected to the Senate, is to “counter” his political enemies who accused him of plunder.
In a press conference with his lawyer Estelito Mendoza, Revilla said his experience as a lawmaker accused of pocketing P224 mllion from his Priority Development Assistance Fund and his eventual acquittal by the Sandiganbayan will be among hi legislative agenda.
Revilla is aiming for senate comeback, with his certificate of candidacy filed before the Commission on Elections while in detention in Camp Crame.
“Yung legislative agenda meron, para dun sa mga false accusers, dapat may counter tayo diyan dahil hindi tama yung nangyayari,” Revilla said, refusing to name his political rivals.
(There is a legislative agenda, for the false accusers there has to be a counter to that because what is happening is wrong.)
“Kumbaga they really want to hang me. Hanggang ngayon gumagalaw sila. Kung may pamilya kayo, maniwala kayo sa karma, babalik din yan sa inyo,” Revilla said.
(It was though they really wanted to hang me. Until now, they are working against me. If you have families, believe in karma, it will hunt you.)
Revilla also reiterated that he is not returning anything to the national government, saying the order of the court to pay P124.5 million only refers to those who were found guilty.
“Ano iyung isasauli ko dahil wala naman akong ninakaw sa bayan?” Revilla said.
(What will I return when I did not steal anything from the country?)
While Revilla already has plans if elected senator, he also said he will go back to showbusiness.
“Ito naman talaga ang bread and butter ko,” Revilla said.
(This is really my bread and butter.)
Mendoza meanwhile hit former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, who filed the PDAF cases not only against Revilla but several other lawmakers.
“The problem was that during the time when the Ombudsman was Justice Conchita Morales, para bang trigger-happy na mag-file ng plunder. Bakit? Dahil plunder, no bail, bilanggo kaagad,” Mendoza said.
(The problem was that during the time when the Ombudsman was Justice Conchita Morales, there was a seeming trigger-happy filing of plunder charges. Why? Because plunder was non-bailable, the accused will immediately be detained.)
Mendoza meantime belittled the Anti-Money Laundering Council report which stated that at least P87.5 million was deposited to the bank accounts of the Revilla family.
The AMLC report was heavily cited in the dissenting opinions of Sandiganbayan 1st Division Chairperson Efren Dela Cruz and Associate Justice Maria Theresa Dolores Gomez-Estoesta.
“No freeze order was ever issued so that means the AMLC never concluded that these bank accounts reflected evidence of plunder,” Mendoza said.