Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. hits back on his critics today, November 15, via an official statement released to members of the entertainment press.
In the said official statement, he particularly addressed his co-senator, Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa, by stating: “Tama si Sen. Bato, alam ko ang priority ko. I have and will always put my commitment to the Filipino people first.”
Last November 13, Senator Bato dela Rosa was quoted in online newspapers giving his two-cent’s worth regarding Revilla’s reported acting comeback. The general-turned senator reminded the actor-turned-senator to prioritize his job as a legislator over other commitments.
“First and foremost he is a senator, pangalawa na ang pag-aartista,” Senator dela Rosa said, as quoted by Abante Tonite online. “So priority niya dapat trabaho niya dito [sa senado]. Alam niya ’yan.”
The actor-politician, since last week, has been reported to be guesting in the Alden Richards-starrer, The Gift, on GMA-7. He is also rumored to star in a drama-fantasy anthology, also in the Kapuso network.
The said news also prompted singer-activist Jim Paredes to also air his disgusto. He took to Twitter and called out GMA-7 for even considering to give him a show that’s targeted for kids. In the now-deleted post, Jim sked GMA-7: “OK lang sa inyo na maging role model siya ng kabataan? C’mon GMA. You can do better that this.”
It was his business manager Lolit Solis who took care of Paredes for him by posting her defense of Senator Bong in a lengthy Instagram post, where she also lashed back at Jim, by citing his video scandal that shocked the Internet world last April 2019,
Part of Lolit’s November 11 IG post read:
“Eh kung buweltahan naman siya nga sa edad mo hindi ka na dapat nagkakaroon ng sex scandal, ‘di ba magiging masakit iyon para sa kanya? Isa ako sa nauna noon na nagsabi na dapat unawain natin ang kalagayan ni Jim Paredes kahit pa nga tinawag niya ako demented woman nang mangyari ang scam, dahil tanggap ko na sa isang nagkamali, napakalaking bagay iyon meron kahit isa man lang na magpakita ng pang unawa at ng bukas puso na patawad. Sana after the scandal, mas naging maluwag na ang puso at isipan ni Jim Paredes. After all, kung nakagawa ka ng mali, dapat makita mo rin na walang perfect at kung tinanggap ka uli ng tao dapat ganun ka rin mag-welcome sa iba. Huwag masyado political at fault finder Jim Paredes. Lagi mo balikan iyon araw na pumutok iyon sex video scandal. Maging aral iyon sa iyo.”
Senator Bong has been identified with GMA-7 since 2000. His shows, ranging from sitcom to documentary7, included:
Idol Ko si Kap, HP: To the Highest Level Na!, Indio, and Kap's Amazing Stories.
Today, Senator Revilla deemed it proper to address the issue—brought about by the news of his reported acting comeback—by releasing a statement.
“Tama si Sen. Bato, alam ko ang priority ko,” Senator Revilla stated. “I have and will always put my commitment to the Filipino people first.”
He then went on enumerate his accomplishments as a senator in both his previous and present terms.
“During my previous terms, I filed more than 600 bills and resolutions, of which 223 became laws,” the actor-politician went on. “Today, I have a total of 160 bills and resolutions filed, some of which are now being heard by the different committees of the Senate.”
He also reiterated that being an actor is a noble profession that has been sustaining the needs of his family up to this day; and that there is no specific law that prohibits him, as a senator, to continue doing his old other profession.
“Wala pong batas na nagbabawal sa pag-aartista. Ito ay isang marangal na trabaho na bumuhay at bumubuhay sa pamilya ko.”
Senator Revilla, ended his statement with a blunt challenge: “Haters are going to hate, and bashers are going to bash. The truth is out there and it is their choice to side with lies and falsehood. Sino ang may problema? Not me.
His full statement reads:
“Tama si Sen. Bato, alam ko ang priority ko. I have and will always put my commitment to the Filipino people first.
“Records will bear how I fulfilled my mandate in my previous terms, and the almost six months of my work in senate now will speak for itself.
“During my previous terms, I filed more than 600 bills and resolutions, of which 223 became laws. Today, I have a total of 160 bills and resolutions filed, some of which are now being heard by the different committees of the Senate. Being the Chairperson of two major Senate committees - Civil Service and Public Information, and designated Sub Committee Chairman of Social Welfare, I prioritized proposals that directly benefit sectors of our society. I am also the Chairman of the Energy Committee of the Commission on Appointments. I also actively participate in Committee hearings and in Plenary Sessions. In fact, I am co-author of the two bills that recently passed third reading in the Senate - Postponement of Barangay/SK elections and National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims/Survivor/Families. I also reported out to the Plenary two of my Committee’s reports that would benefit our more than 800,000 teachers.
“I am first and foremost a legislator. I know my mandate.
“Wala pong batas na nagbabawal sa pag-aartista. Ito ay isang marangal na trabaho na bumuhay at bumubuhay sa pamilya ko.
“Haters are going to hate, and bashers are going to bash. The truth is out there and it is their choice to side with lies and falsehood. Sino ang may problema? Not me.”
Senator Bong Revilla, who is still facing 16 counts of graft changes under the Sandiganbayan, was aquitted of plunder in December 2018.