I’m a better senator than PNoy – Revilla

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Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., who may be facing arrest anytime now for plunder, advised President Benigno Aquino 3rd to tell it like it is in criticizing other people, especially his perceived political enemies who are “better public servants than him.”

Revilla made the statement over the weekend, adding that the President should not belittle politicians who happen to be actors but who, he pointed out, are better than Aquino at serving the people.

Revilla was reacting to the President’s Independence Day speech where he said the country does not need politicians who are good only at reading scripts, dancing or singing.

“The President should think first before he opens his mouth or, better, he should directly identify the person he is criticizing,” Revilla said.


The senator said the President’s bias against entertainers in politics only brings out the fact that his performance as senator tops that of then-senator Aquino.

He, however, admitted that the President’s educational background is better than his.

Aquino was elected senator in 2007 after serving three consecutive terms as representative of the second district of Tarlac. He placed 6th in the 2007 senatorial race.

The senator maintained that the statement of Aquino was uncalled for, given that among those who helped him win the 2010 presidential race were show business people, including his sister Kris.

Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada also over the weekend petitioned the Sandiganbayan to dismiss the plunder complaint against him, and said the Ombudsman gravely erred in finding probable cause against him.

Estrada, Revilla and Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile are charged with plunder for allegedly channeling their priority development assistance fund to bogus projects of some non-government organizations (NGOs).

In a 38-page document submitted to the court’s Fifth Division, Estrada, through his lawyers, argued that there was neither evidence nor proof of conspiracy that he amassed ill-gotten wealth.

“Moreover, there was no indication that Pauline Labayen received, directly or indirectly, any monies or funds from [Janet Lim] Napoles or the NGOs she supposedly owns,” he said.

Estrada allegedly conspired with alleged pork barrel scam brains Napoles and John Raymund de Asis and gained P183 million in kickbacks through his Labayen, his former deputy chief of staff.

“The subject funds were, in fact and in law, released by the Department of Budget and Management directly to the Implementing Agencies [IAs], and from the implementing agencies to the local government units or the NGOs. It is not disputed that Sen. Estrada never had control or custody of a single centavo of the funds,” the defense said.

Estrada’s lawyers further argued that his right to due process was violated, saying the testimonies of Ruby Tuason, Dennis Cunanan, Francisco Figura, Gregoria Buenaventura and Alexis Sevidal are inadmissible because the Ombudsman, in ruling probable cause, did not give the senator a chance to refute their allegations against him.

Tuason had testified she was a go-between for Napoles and the senators and that she personally delivered money to Estrada.

But the lawyers said Tuason and Cunanan’s testimonies were “unsubstantial” and “untrustworthy” because they were allegedly given in exchange for immunity and uncorroborated.

Revilla and Enrile earlier filed motions seeking the dismissal of the plunder case and deferment or suspension of proceedings, respectively. The 90-year-old Enrile also asked that he be granted bail, citing his “poor” and “frail” condition.

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  1. Ramses Sales on

    Tama… Mas magaling ka kaysa Kay PNoy… Mas magaling kang magnakaw ng pondo ng bayan! Kapal talaga ng mukha mo!

  2. joebert banderas on

    Marami naman dyan magaling magnakaw imagine bilyon2x na ang ninakaw halos lahat dyan corrupt na, dapat death penalty yan para matakot na and mga corrupt at kriminal at uunlad na ang bayan .Marami na naghihirap at namatay sa hirap dahil sa mga kurakot na mga ito at mga kriminal.

  3. ‘Wag mag pa uto sa agimat at baka kayo ma-panday sa katangahan – dahil ang a anga anga ay nabubulag nang sulsol, tustos nang patuwad na daan. Mahirap ang maging uto uto at mangmang sa bansa na ito na Pilipinas – ang lupain nang mga Dakilang mga Magnanakaw.

  4. Kung silang dalawa lang pagpipilian hindi na lang ako boboto, mas mabuti pa ang aso may loyalthy pero kung si Pnoy at Bong lang hindi na ako magtitiwala. Wala na bang matinong tao na lalaban as president?

  5. Ang Issue! pinagbibintangan Kang NAGNAKAW NG PERA NG TAONG BAYAN.. Ang Tamang Gawin Mo patunayan mosa Korte Na indi Totoo Ang Bintang Nila sayo…Tapos ang usapan.. Point. Me NAGNAKAW BANG UMAMIN? hehehe!!!

  6. Yup , mas magaling kang pumapel, mas magalimg kang magnakaw, and huwag munang gawing katawatawa ang sarili mo na magikot para kumuha ng simpatiya ng tao, ano ito roadshow, artista ka nga, kaya lang walang kumagat sa iyo, kung me hiya ka manahimik ka na lang at kung nainiwala ka sa justice system natin, ipagtanggol mo ang sarili mo, siguro naman dii ka kakasuhan kung walang mabigat na ebidensiya, huwag mung sisiihin si pnoy, sisihin mo ang sobrang tiwala mo sa sarili mo.What do you know about law?

  7. tellittodmarines on

    Can I enumerate kung saan ka magaling Senator Bong, but no need to mention becoz u r better nga diba, but I still believe in miracle but I will pray na MAHIYA naman sana kayong lahat na KUMURAFT ng pera ng bansa dahil MARAMING MARAMING mas in need ng pondong yan na ginagastos nyo lang sa mga luho at pambabalahura ng mga Batas sa Pilipinas. All the Filipinos need a Total WAR for there crocodiles, let them be the cannon balls for this Scarborough shoal issues.

  8. Yes, you are better …..in corruption co’z you got more money than others, so talagang tatakbo ka pa na maging president, lakas ng loob mo bagay dami mo pa nga Fans na nagcocomment, lahat talaga ng lumalabas sa bibig mo hindi mo pinag iisipan I wonder kung paano ka naging Senador talagang pagiging artista lng naging puhunan mo…sana kung wala ka ng masabi na maganda better to shut up your mouth and prove that your innocent….yung mga pabor kay bong revilla sya iboto nyu ulit kc guapo para sa susunod na administrasyon sa kangkungan n tyu pulitin….ha hahah ahaha

  9. Yes naman, mas magaling ka mag artistang Senador, kaysa kay Pnoy,
    Pero pareho lang kayo sa end line, walang direksyon at ang inaatupag
    paano waldasin ang Pera ng Bayan, Si penot dapat bantayang mabuti
    ang pera ng bayan ang ginawa, kumuha ng assistant na magnanakaw
    para maging bantay, at ginamit pan suhol ang bilyong bilyong pera
    na hindi kaniya. Ikaw naman bong, inaatupag ninyong mag asawa
    ang limpak limpak na kumisyon galing sa PDAF, DAP at malampaya.
    Kung matino ka bilang senador nuon mo pa kinwestyon sana
    ang walang habas na pamumudmod ni panot ng salapi ng bayan
    at paaalalahanan ang gobyerno na gamitin sa matinong inprastraktura
    ang salapi ng bayan hindi ilagay sa bulsa ng mga ganid at sakim.
    Kumo nakikinabang kayo, ni isa wala man lang nagmalasakit para sa
    bayan.

  10. Your are more handsome than Pnoy, much younger than Pnoy, other than that…nothing else.
    How many bills that became a law that you pass and Pnoy? I think both of you have zero, zilch, nada. Pnoy has a degree in college. Revilla a high school dropout. This 2 clowns have 0 performance during their time as a senator, what is there to compare?

  11. OO naman! wala namang naipasang batas si Pnoy nung senador pa siya e.Parati pa siyang late at batugan.

  12. So he thinks he is a better senator than pnoy does he, well idont know about that but what i do know is he is a liar or he is incompetent. I will give my reason then you decide. When each senator gets his pork allocation he decides where to use it & then uses it. he should use it for the betterment of the people. Its his responsibility & his duty to ensure that money is spent where it is intended to be spent. If its not then he is responsible. If ( as at least one senator has said ) his signature was forged then i say if its true then he is either totaly incompetent or a liar as lets suppose he is telling the truth in that his signature is forged, then after he gets his pork allowance & spends what he deems fit to spend where he deems fit to spend it, then what he doesnt spend he would or should return to the government for them to then spend it where they deem fit. Now its been stolen ( according to certain senators ) then why didnt he report it gone missing. If he didnt spend it then he should hand it back so if he didnt he is as i said earlier tiotally incompetent or a liar, i suggest the latter. & he shopuld be held accountable for every centavo of his pork allowance.

  13. YolandaParilla on

    OMG!!! To even consider running for. Presidency … Is this a joke ? Who wants you to be president ? Only your family and so called friends . Mahiya ka naman ng konti

  14. When one says he is better than the other in performance, the comparison must be in equal footing. Okay if King of Pork PNoy and Pogi Bong is to be compared, they both should be compared when Senatongs before PNoy’s “election.” How many bills have Pogi Bong caused to be made law during their last term together. If the answer is only 1, then he can claim that he is better than King of Bribe PNoy because as being told, PNoy has a fat 0 performance as Tongressman and Senathief. End of debate.

  15. Kapal naman ng mukha mo, Revilla. Who said you are a good senator? Totoo naman, eh. Most showbiz people who switched to politics seduced many voters using song and dance techniques to vote them into office. Mabibilang mo lang sa daliri ng isang kamay ang mga showbiz personalities who turned out to be good public servants. Hindi ka kasali doon, hindi kasali ang ama mo at hindi kasali ‘yang Lani Mercado. Let our justice system do its job. Shut up and face the accusation with dignity (if you really have that).

    • yes your true, magaling nga siyang senador kesa kay Pangulo Pinoy pero magaling na Pangulo naman si Pnoy dahil kung walang pinuno na kagaya niya walang estrada jinggoy, revilla bong jr, at enrile Juan Ponce na makakasuhan ng gobyerno na ito, ngayon sino ang magaling Mr Revilla ?

  16. well he has a point and I will agree to Revillas’ claimed that he is a way better than BS Pinoy as a public servant. The burdened of proof on their accusation to Mr. Revillas and other will be the critical part for the prosecutors….unless they will used the yellow media as their tools.