REVILLA: PNOY ASKED ME TO HELP CONVICT CORONA

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Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. accuses President Benigno Aquino 3rd of coaping him to vote for the ouster of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.  PHOTO BY EDWIN MULI

Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. accuses President Benigno Aquino 3rd of coaping him to vote for the ouster of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.
PHOTO BY EDWIN MULI

Breaking his silence, Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla on Monday detailed an alleged meeting with President Benigno Aquino 3rd whom he accused of forcing him to vote for the conviction of then Chief Justice Renato Corona.

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In a speech delivered at the resumption of the session after the Christmas and New Year break, Revilla warned his hearers that if the President was successful in his bid to convict Corona, “he could also influence the Ombudsman and the Sandiganbayan” in the plunder case filed against him and Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada.

Revilla narrated that he was invited by Roxas, then secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications, to his house in Cubao, Quezon City early one morning.

He said Roxas, whom he called “Boy Pickup,” instructed him to go with him alone and board his black SUV car, whose Plate Number 6 was removed and hidden in the sun visor, before proceeding to Bahay Pangarap, the residence of Aquino.

Revilla said Roxas instructed him to sit at the back of the vehicle, where he took some pictures (some of which he showed to the senate gallery), using his cellphone.

Upon reaching Bahay Pangarap, Revilla said Roxas was immediately recognized by the guards.

“Truth to tell, it was so weird to me that I felt compelled to take pictures,” he said.

He said it was his first time to enter Bahay Pangarap. After 15 minutes of waiting, Budget Secretary Florentino Abad arrived, followed by Aquino.

Revilla said while taking their breakfast, Roxas explained why Corona should be impeached.

“My friend, do it for me as a favor. [Corona] must be impeached,” Aquino then supposedly begged Revilla.

He said after the meeting, Roxas brought him out of the Bahay Pangarap, but instead of taking him back to Cubao, he was dropped off at a nearby restaurant inside the Malacanang compound.

Corona was accused of failure to declare his assets and liabilities, a requirement to all public servants. As High Court justice, he could be removed only by impeachment, with the lower court acting as prosecutor and the senators acting as judges.

Corona was impeached by the Lower House on December 12, 2011; the Senate trial started on January 16 the following year, and was convicted May 29.

He is also accusing Aquino and his close allies of influencing the Supreme Court in the declaring the pork barrel (the Disbursement Acceleration Program) of the President legal and constitutional.

“Aren’t the justices afraid of being impeached? It was even rumored that the DAP was used to railroad the impeachment. This is habit-forming,” he said.

Defending himself from PDAF scam, Revilla denied he signed public documents. He said it was Benhur Luy who was the expert in faking signature, calling the latter as “Boy Pirma.”

He also denied the accusations of Luy that the PDAF commission was given to his alleged chief of staff, one lawyer Richard Cambe.

Revilla said Cambe was never a chief of staff in his office, adding that the latter was not in the country when the alleged incident took place.

“Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus—false in one, false in all,” he said citing a Latin maxim.

He also accused the Aquino administration of failure to make true its promise of “Daang Matuwid” or straigh path, citing the government’s lack of preparation before the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

He said Aquino was helpless in the impending power crisis. He said after
three years in Malacanang, the premier airport of the country is in dire need of rehabilitation. The people of Zamboanga has not yet recovered after the rebellion.

He said the impending fare hike in MRT and LRT trains would only give misery to the ridding public. Smuggling is rampant and the increase in SSS and PhilHealth contributions only add up to the expenses of the poor workers.

Revilla also cited the fake list of the CCT, conditional cash transfer, program. Despite the anti-corruption campaign, corruption became worse as shown by the Social Weather Station survey, saying 56 percent of the businessmen have experienced corruption.

He also lambasted Aquino for using his personal money in putting bail for Commission on Elections Commissioner Grace Padaca, who is facing a criminal case.

He accused also the government of more political pressures, particularly when 200 police officers circled his house in Bacoor City during the height of 2013 elections.

He said the pressure started when he declined to support the candidate of the Liberal Party for Cavite governor.

He said even his political supporters were wantonly murdered.

He also cited the MRT extortion charges against a sister of President Aquino. An ambassador of Czech Republic allegedly accused the Aquino sibling of asking 30-million from Inekon to ensure it would bag the contract.

The senator from Cavite said his family and children “have been vilified and demonized in the media” after he was accused of pocketing millions of pesos in the pork barrel scam instigated by businesswoman Janet Napoles and her minions who allegedly defrauded the government of P10 billion in Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) from 2004 to 2010.

Sen. Pia Cayetano, who had voted for the conviction of Corona, said Revilla’s speech had some good points, but added that it was public knowledge that President Aquino was in a way campaigning for the conviction of Corona.

Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito, a neophyte senator, said he was shocked by the revelations of Revilla, adding that any case should be decided in the proper court and not by political influence.

Sen. Serge Osmena said he will ask Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, to clarify if the incident really took place and what had transpired.
Rep. Emmi de Jesus of Gabriela party-list said that Aquino and his allies should answer allegations made by Revilla Jr. that the President personally pleaded with him to add his vote to convict Corona in 2012.

“It seems that the daang matuwid [straight path]is used as a road by vehicles of characters involved in corruption,” de Jesus said. “Are our leaders personal drivers already—from the escorting of Janet Lim-Napoles when she surrendered to the fetching of Revilla for his secret meeting with the president?”

In his privilege speech today, Revilla claimed Roxas took him to the Malacañang Palace for a breakfast meeting during which the senator’s support for Corona’s impeachment was allegedly requested.

De Jesus noted that the revelations of irregularities surrounding the impeachment of officials rankles the people’s sense of justice given that the nation has just marked the 13th anniversary of the second EDSA uprising.

She also said that Revilla’s revelations also make the abolition of the presidential pork barrel funds, mainly those marked as Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) funds, an urgent action by the Supreme Court that is set to rule on its legality.

“If proven true, Revilla’s exposes might add fuel to the rising people’s anger, and that can lead to a third uprising that can oust Aquino. Those parties named in this privilege speech have a lot of explaining to the people,” de Jesus ended.

Revilla is being perceived as presidential timber in 2016 elections. He is a member of the Lakas, the political party of former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo, who is currently in jail for plunder charges.

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16 Comments

  1. Bong Revilla you are over. Finished. Once the trust is broken it cannot be repaired ever again.

  2. These is not a movie world where you are looking whose the best actor like Famas, Urian or Guild awards, politics is a real arena, where people stood out or befallen of grace. This is another Revilla Drama everybody beleive if not for Janet Lim Napoles incarceration, and coming out, Revilla, Estrada, and Emrile, still enjoying how they toy the taxpayers money. No stupid person will not allow his PDAF being used without his permission or knowledge of course. You will check the DBM how much money you have for you appropriations. His expose has no subject about where and who the PDAF went and his close ties to Napoles is not an accident but by friendship. No one beleive Revilla anymore his acting like another Corona, breaking silence after being pin down to his malversation and bribery. Filipino are happy that one by one learning what a dirty politics wrecking the Phillipines completely. In politics look for your friends and enemies because today they are with you tomorrow you’re nemesis.

  3. Senator harinawa ay totoo lahat yan. Kami rine ay magsasaya pag ikaw ay makulong dahil ikaw GANDA LALAKE at dito alam mo na libre gupit, libre ahit, pati…masahe.

  4. Franklin gujol on

    Sabi ni Bong nang pinakiusapan sya na iguilty si Corona ” Mr. president I will do what is right”. So therefore, his decision to find Corona guilty is right. And since he is in trouble now and trying hard to deflect the issue away from him, he is saying things that are not relevant to his case. Why won’t he just explain himself on what happened to his PDAF – to defend himself. If his decision can be influenced by anybody, then he does not deserve to be a senator.

  5. what he won’t tell us; how much compensation did he got in return?! if he’s so righteous as he would want us to believe, he could have just said NO!

  6. William Bonifacio on

    Instead of spending time to explain his non-involvement or innocence in the PDAF scam, Sen. Revilla spent more time in detailing the omissions of PNoy which are already public knowledge. His vote to impeach Justice Corona and his recent “expose” that PNoy influenced him to do so only adds to his non-credibility as a senator. Did his privilege speech convince me that he was not involved in the PDAF scam? Not at this time.

  7. And why did you obey Pnoy?

    Why did you bring your whole family including your corrupt dad to the Senate? To add more drama?

  8. Anong kinalaman ni Corona sa Corruption, this corrupt politician leading the people in the wrong direction so every one will bark in a wrong tree. We are speaking her what they steal not the impeachment of Corona. This corrupt politician exposing corruption her, corruption there to throw away the case. Why they don’t finish the first one and go to the next, instead of getting all of them at once which they dont have enough man power to do it. Such a stupid thing to do. Ang hirap sa pinoy dada nang dada, matatapang kung madami, look i came from a war thorn country in Iraq and Afghanistan, why dont you come along with me so i could tell if you really have balls, HA!,magagaling lang kayo kung mahina ang kalaban.

  9. apolonio reyes on

    HINDI DAW NAG INFLUENCE NG IMPEACHMENT JUDGE SI PNOY AYUN KAY COLOMA, ROXAS AT ABAD PARA MA IMPEACH SI CJ CORONA? TANONG:
    1) BAKIT BINIGYAN NG MALACANANG ANG 188 TONGRESSMEN NG P10M PDAP PARA MA IMPEACH SI CJ CORONA AT P100M AT P50M DAP YUON MGA SENATONGS MATAPOS MA IMPEACH SI CJ CORONA?
    2) BAKIT BINULGAR NI SENATONG JINGOY ESTRADA NA TUMAGAP SIYA AT IBA ANG SENATONG NG REWARDS P10M AT IBA AY P100M SA PAG IMPEACH KAY CJ CORONA?
    3) BAKIT PA INIMBITA AT PINAGMANEHO PA NI BOY PICK-UP ROXAS SI BONG “PDAP” REVILLA KUNG WALA SILANG BALAK NA SIGURADUHIN ANG BOTO NYA NA MA IMPEACH SI CJ CORONA?
    ANG LAHAT NG ITO AY WALANG KINALAMAN SA PAG IMPEACH KAY CJ CORONA?
    YOUR GUEST IS AS GOOD AS MINE?

    • If its true..That shows how weak is Revilla….For that, he is weak to resist the deal with Napolis and weak to lead a country .Glad it happen to him. It shows how vulnerable he is to corruption.. a person that can be be dctated of what to do and do not have solid ground stand by his own decision..I can say he really did it what he is accused for..

  10. POMPEYO PEDROCHE on

    Revilla did not give an iota of defense from the Napoles Pork Barrel scam where he is being charged. In stead, he became a grave digger exposing alleged Aquino manipulation to convict Corona, which was then common knowledge. But he yielded to the President so Bong has no political balls. Bong’s house is burning, so the tried to burn his neighbor’s house,

  11. There could be truth in Sen Bong Revilla’s speech, but the question here too ( before) is, if he actually committed the allegations against him or not. Bring all of these things in court & present the case / evidence, it’s just too frustrating with all the things that’s published in the news, it’s all talk & just throwing dirt at each other. The “common tao” is always on the loosing end, the disparity between the rich & the poor is much wider now, how much is enough – where is conscience? I hope that God of all creations will punish all politicians that have erred & took advantage of their positions – gaining from the coffers of the government illicitly & worst thing is knowingly & aggresively designed a dubious scheme to do it.

  12. Revilla’s revealation only confirm what was already said before the impeachment. It should have been more credible had he spoke before the fact. But what he is now
    doing is a mere garbage. No use. He merely allowed himself to be an accessory to
    the whatever wrongdoing was committed. In law, no one is allowed to profit from the
    effects of his crime. By allowing himself to be an accessory, he becomes equally liable for any wrongdoing committed. He already knew that that was wrong, then why
    did he voted for impeaching Corona. He is talking now, simply because his benefactor
    Aquino is now turning his back against him. If Revilla had revealed what he knew before, then it should be a different story. Kaya pare-pareho lang silang CORRUPT.

  13. joebert banderas on

    mandaramBong kahit anong explain mo hindi mona makukuha ang supporta ng taong bayan doon ka nalang magpaliwanag sa korte.kasi makukulong ka pag hindi ka nanalo sa eleksyon samasama kayo sa kulungan kayong tatlo at may naghihintay pang parusa sa mga corrupt ang apoy ng impyerno pagdating ng wakas.Kung dito sa lupa pwede mo itanggi lahat ng akusasyon mo doon sa hukuman ng Dyos hindi mo maitatago ang lihim.