The family of Senator Bong Revilla accompanied him as he left their home in Bacoor, Cavite today, Friday, June 20. Revilla, who is facing plunder and graft charges in connection with the pork barrel scam, surrendered at the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City just as the warrant for his arrest was signed.
Revilla was later brought to Camp Crame to undergo the booking process.
In an interview with TV Patrol reporter Mario Dumaual, Revilla's wife, Cavite 2nd District Representative Lani Mercardo-Revilla, turned emotional as she talked about her husband's pork barrel scam-related travails.
"Baka sabihin ng tao ay umaarte ako, umiiyak, kasi laging ganoon ang sinasabi nila kapag artista ka. Pero hindi natin maiiwasan na talagang yon ang nararamdaman ko. Kung kayo man ang mawalan ng asawa at ikukulong siya dahil sa isang kasalanan na hindi naman niya talaga ginawa masakit yon para sa isang maybahay," she said.
Revilla is one of three opposition senators tagged in the so-called P10 billion pork barrel scam allegedly masterminded by Janet Lim Napoles. He is accused of amassing P242 million from his priority development assistance funds.
The senator has denied the charges, saying he does not need to steal public funds.
Revilla, however, earlier admitted that the Revillas and the Napoleses know each other and sometimes meet in social gatherings.
Revilla said his son, Bryan, and one of Napoles’ children, James Christopher Napoles, met in high school and eventually became business partners.
The two sold imported rubber shoes under the PB & J Corporation. Revilla said the business was legitimate.
With his father now settling in at the Philippine National Police (PNP) custodial center in Camp Crame, Bryan, the eldest child of the senator has been tasked by his mother to be the man of the family.
Bryan earlier told reporters that his father's arrest was difficult to take. "It's really painful for the family, but what else can we do? We need to stay strong. Haharapin namin ito," he said.
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