Revillas’ ‘telenovela’: Death, debts, demands



Genelyn Magsaysay. INQUIRER file photo

The backstory of the crisis roiling the show-biz-and-politics Bautista-Revilla clan has all the high points of a telenovela.

The way a show biz insider told it, former Senator Ramon Revilla Sr. was forced to build a house at BF Homes subdivision in Parañaque City for Genelyn Magsaysay and their brood because his children by the late Azucena Mortel objected to the much-younger girlfriend’s plan to move into the family mansion after their mother died.

Revilla Sr.’s children by Mortel were convinced that letting Magsaysay transfer to the mansion in Imus, Cavite province, would desecrate their mother’s memory, said the source who asked not to be named because of the delicate nature of the subject.

Mortel died at 64 on May 31, 1998, shortly after Revilla Sr. won his second term in the Senate. At that time, her sons Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., now a senator, had also won the governorship of Cavite, and Strike, a seat in the provincial board.

The triple victories of her husband and sons so “overwhelmed and excited” her that her blood pressure rose, leading to a fatal heart attack, Revilla Jr.’s sister Princess was quoted as saying at that time.

Feeling entitled

Magsaysay was then in her late 20s. Her eldest child, Ramgen Bautista, who was killed at 23 on October 28, was then only 10.

Revilla Jr. and his siblings considered Magsaysay’s wish to transfer to the Imus mansion “brazen and audacious,” the source told the Philippine Daily Inquirer Tuesday.

“They cringed over Genelyn’s sense of entitlement. She was very insistent on becoming the next matriarch,” the source said.

In an attempt at a compromise, Revilla Sr. had the house built for Magsaysay and their nine children in Phase 6-A of BF Homes. The two-story structure lorded it over the humbler houses in the area, but Magsaysay found it difficult to accept that she was living in a middle-class house that was a far cry from the mansion she longed for, the source said.

If Magsaysay felt antagonistic toward Revilla Sr.’s children by Mortel, the feeling was mutual.

Attitude problem

“The older children complained that Genelyn had an attitude problem. And even then, she was already a spendthrift. She was always asking for money,” the source said.

In one of Magsaysay’s posts on Facebook, she assailed unnamed parties for considering her a “parasite.”

She also lamented that her children’s paternal relatives appeared unsympathetic to her family’s financial woes.

The source quoted Revilla Sr.’s children by Mortel as saying that among their father’s numerous girlfriends, Magsaysay had distinguished herself by continually asking for money.

During the man’s incumbency as a senator, it was a well-known fact among Senate insiders that he provided his girlfriends capital to start small businesses like beauty parlors and sari-sari (variety) stores.

‘Kabuhayan’ package

The insiders fondly called this form of assistance “kabuhayan (livelihood) package,” as it was supposed to enable the women to become financially independent in the event of Revilla Sr.’s death.

It was not clear whether Magsaysay’s foray into business failed to take off or she simply chose to stay dependent on Revilla Sr.

What became clear, the source said, was the older children’s objection to her purported constant demand for money.

“But while [Mortel’s] children disliked Genelyn, they adored Ramgen,” the source said. “He was really close to Bong’s sons Jolo and Bryan because they were about the same age.”

Reports of Magsaysay’s alleged multimillion-peso credit card debts did not surprise the older children, the source said, adding:

“As it is, they are shouldering all of Genelyn’s expenses. She does not work and only demands sustento (financial support).”

Brother in the House

On the phone with the Inquirer, Representative Eulogio Magsaysay of the party-list group AVE (Alliance of Volunteer Educators) on Tuesday said he and his family were backing Genelyn Magsaysay, his half-sister.

“I will not intervene in the case but we are fully supporting her,” he said.

The lawmaker adamantly denied having had a hand in the departure of Ramona Bautista, another of his half-sister’s children and a suspect in Ramgen’s murder, for Turkey via Hong Kong on the night of November 4.

He said that while he was backing Genelyn Magsaysay and her family, he would not go to the extent of breaking the law in the process.

“I appeal to everybody not to prejudge the case until all evidence and all sides have been aired,” the lawmaker said. With a report from Gil C. Cabacungan Jr.

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  • Raphael

    hala!!ako na naman nauna magcomment dito??yehey!ahihihihihih

    • Anonymous

      i did not see any comment???? here…

    • Anonymous

      Kaya pala mas marami ang comments mo sa likes sa comments mo. Kadalasan kasi papansin lang yung ginagawa mo.

  • Anonymous

    Calling on RH Bill debaters. See the picture here? This telenovela hit the land in perfect time when you guys just about to return to senate to ponder this issue of family planning. It shows you one of the issues of having a large family more so of a dysfunctional family. If this could happen to member of high society, a lot of this happen on the lower class but usually remain subdued and don’t received much publicity.

    • Anonymous

      I support the RH Bill, but I hardly think Ramon Revilla Sr. would have changed his ways even with the bill in place. His extramarital affairs stem from a heightened sense of privilege, entitlement, and power accorded to him from being an actor in the heavily star-driven entertainment business, replete with sycophant fans who would fawn over anything an actor/actress did. Revilla was probably driven by pure ego when he sired the families he did.

    • desper

      RH Bill? Mag anak lang ng 2 sa 50 kabit?

      • Anonymous

        no violation of the bill. just a case of circumventing the law, eh
        ayos ah

  • ISCA

    telenovela nga talaga…tipikal na other woman…pera ang nasa utak lagi…kung hindi, bakit aabot sa milyon ang utang sa credit cards? ibig sabihin, gastadora si Ms. Magsaysay? At bakit may tatawag sa kanyang parasite kung walang basehan?
    masalimuot na trahedya….

  • jose

    And like all telenovelas, the material for this one is just as vapid and shallow…

  • Anonymous

    In other words, yung insider source ng PDI ay tuta ng mga revilla. puro side nila e. Yan ang hirap sa mga babaero, di makuntento sa iisang asawa at iilang mga anak. Hindi naman natatapos sa aspetong pinancial lamang ang pagpapalaki ng anak para masabing hindi pabaya ang ama. Napakalaking kwestyon kung papano ito nagawaran ng tropeo ng CMMA, samantalang malinaw pa sa sikat ng araw ang salang pakikiapid na walang patumanggi. Dahil lang ba sa anti RH bill propaganda?

  • Anonymous

    There’s a fourth d: dumb senators.

  • Jaime Cuyco

    Bakit ba sinisisis si Bong Revilla na diumano tumulong sa pag-alis ni Ramona eh meron palang ibang politiko na mas malapit kay Genelyn na possibleng hiningan ng tuloung ni Ramona or ni Genelyn.
    Tama naman ang pagtanggi ng mga anak sa una kay Genelyn because mabababoy nga naman yung Imus mansion na meron sentimental value.  Malamang magiging magulo palagi sa mansion dahil wala naman sasangayon kay Genelyn na me ugaling pagka-gastadora. 
    Sobra siguro ang daming pera ni Don Ramon at di pa nauubos ni Genelyn ito….

    • Evangelinni Banaginni

      Normal ang reaksiyon ng mga anak ni Mortel dito kay Genelyn. Sa deskripsiyon ng pagkagastadora at dominant nitong si Genelyn hindi mo na maiaalis na maging antipatiko sa kaniya ang mga anak ni Mortel.

      • Anonymous

        ala Italian name eh
        puro “ni”
        another lesson kung paano mag lugar kung pang kuwan lang, pangatlo o pang lima

  • Alvin

    Time chages, mas mauutak na mga babae ngayun. Praktikal na sila, di bale nang maging kabit basta may pera at mabibigyan ng luho gusto nila.Basta may pera , papatol yan karamihan sa kanila.

  • JohnV

    The mansion is in Bacoor, not Imus. Strike is now the owner of the mansion, not RR Sr. Also, the mansion is just big and that is it. Nothing special about it. It should be torn down and rebuilt.

    • Sonny Whirly

      Baka naman nasa boundary ng Bacoor at Imus yung mansion kaya tawag din ay Imus mansion. 

  • antonioluna

    si tongressman eulogio magsaysay walang kinalaman sa pagpuslit ni ramona adiktus killer ng kapatid, oh come on.

    • Sonny Whirly

      Dapat maimbestigahan yung nakita sa CCTV na sumundo kay Ramona.  Tingnan kung meron link dun kay Congressman Magsaysay. 
      Imbestigahan din yung BI personnel na nakuhanan sa CCTV.  Bakit di pinatanggal sa traveller yung bandana at shades nang kausap niya tungkol sa immigration process.  Kilala man niya o hindi,  dapat ganyan ang procedure sa Immigration.  Patanggal yung nakatakip sa mukha para ma-verify ang true identity based on passport information.  What if the traveller is a terrorist and plano pala ay i-hijack  ang eroplano just like what happened on 9/11/2001.  Di mahihirapan ang mga imbestigador.  Baka meron din link ang BI personnel kay Congressman Magsaysay kaya maluwag ang pagtatanong kay Ramona.

  • Pablo Juan

    it really does sound like a telenovela.. they even call the old man “Don Ramon”… walastik!

  • wee

    truth hurts, but she is a parasite.

    the least that she could have done being a full time mother is to raise her children well.

  • Anonymous

    Pera lang ba ang mahalaga sa mundo?
    Nakakaawa ang taong may ganitong pag-iisip.

  • Anonymous

    akalain mo nga naman…naging senador si Revilla Sr. at Revilla Jr…ang galing ng pilipino!

  • Anonymous

    I wonder who this “source” is.

  • vir_a

    That’s the problem with having kabits and kids with the kabit. If the father could afford to house them in expensive subdivisions, he must have tons of money at his disposal to support the latter. I guess the BIR should check if right taxes have also been paid.  

  • desper

    RH Bill? Mag anak lang ng 2 sa 50 kabit?

  • Anonymous

    “Magsaysay was then in her late 20s. Her eldest child, Ramgen Bautista, who was killed at 23 on October 28, was then only 10.” So assuming late 20s means 28, then 28-10 means 18.  Ang bata pala ni Genylyn ng magbuntis kay Ramgen..Mahilig sa bata si Don Ramon..tsk..tsk.. 

    • Anonymous

      Bok, naman
      paano magka baby ng marami si Mr Agimat kung nasa menauposal stage ang nakuhang niang second or third wives
      pero magaling ka sa statistics. impressive

  • mmm choco

    they should check on the this kid’s insurance!! since they are always with Debts. -kuto pala tong nanay na eto.. blood sucker!

    • Anonymous

      no holds barred na. gloves were now taken off

  • Anonymous

    During the man’s incumbency as a senator, it was a well-known fact among Senate insiders that he provided his girlfriends capital to start small businesses like beauty parlors and sari-sari (variety) stores.
    ‘Kabuhayan’ package he insiders fondly called this form of assistance “kabuhayan (livelihood) package,” as it was supposed to enable the women to become financially independent in the event of Revilla Sr.’s death.
    Dito ba napupunta yun pork barrel ni ex-Senatong Revilla Sr., noon kanyan incumbency? sa kanyang mga babae…..kakahiya naman kung totoo ito……tsk, tsk,tsk..

  • Vito Corleone

    Of course di siya pwede sa mansion, may mga anak pa si Don Ramon sa “ORIGINAL”. maski na namatay na.  She should have been happy for what she’s getting, one million a month for 9 siblings. tapos magkakautang ka pa. MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVILS.

    • Anonymous

      naks ha..napasali si Godfather
      di nga kasi kuntento
      ganid eh

  • Anonymous

    Yung bahay sa Paranaque tawagin na lang niyang “Limus Mansion”. Tutal, milyun-milyon naman ang nalimos niya kay Senior. 

  • Anonymous

    ….patay ang career ni bobong revila dito pag nagsabuyan ng putik ang pami-pamilya…

  • Anonymous

    Look all these Politician- the cause of all these trouble is money and WOMANIZING – Genelyn Magsaysay ay Half sister ng isang Congresmann Magsaysay na ANAK ni Former Pres. MAGSAYSAY sa ibang babae. Genelyn ay inanakan ng isang dating Senador Ramon Revilla at Half sister naman ni Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr. Ito ang root ng problema kapag Senador, Cogresmann, Governor, Mayor, Barangay Chairman, Barangay Tanod, LAHAT NG MGA ITO PURO BABAE ANG PROBLEMA. Vice Pres. Binay dating mayroon BABAE, Sen. Bong Revilla Jr. marami ring babae, Sen Lapid & etc. di kayang bilangin ang mga tao na nasa Pulitika na marmaing babae. HAY BUHAY

    • Anonymous

      naku..naka abot pala ang balita sa Switzerland
      kalat na talaga ano, ha?

      ako, Bro, dami ko eubf babae:
      nanay ko babae, sister ko babae, tita ko babae, may pinsan din akong babae
      at siempre, wifey ko babae

      ang babae hindi problema.
      mas problema kung ang lalaki tulad ni Mayor Binay ay sa lalaki din magka hilig

  • Anonymous

    well.. well.. well….
    definitely, its a bawas pogi points 4 sen. bong hus planning 2 run as VP in d next coming election
    tsk! tsk!
    ang gulo ng pamilya di b… ?

    • Anonymous

      hindi ba nagka gulo ang mga apo ni Mr Pidal tungkol doon sa mag deposits at sa Helicopter
      at iba pang transaction?

      ayos ang ID mo ah…very inventive mind

  • Anonymous

    kaya itong mga politiko na mga artistang walang alam sa politika at batas na diman lang nakapag-aral ng pagkaabogado, walang alam kundi mang-iyot ng mga babae pa dumami ang mga taga suporta o tagaboto sa kanila, kaso di nila alam na source ng away din ito dahil sa mga sustento na doon din kinokoha sakaban ng bayan. Agimat daw ng kabataan, Ramgen RIP, biktima ka ng too much greed, Don Ramon RIP ka rin soon.

    • Anonymous

      galit na si Kabayan
      huag masyadong excited, Bro. eh, hilig ko pa naman ang Baguio mag simoy ng
      amoy ng Pines sa mga buwan ng DEC and JAN

  • J C

    Genelyn Magsaysay remember this: You have no right to complain about your financial situation when you are sitting on your butt, being unproductive, waiting for money to drop to your lap! GO GET A JOB BEFORE YOU COMPLAIN!! and yes. YOU are a parasite. Dont forget you are the other woman and just because you have kids doesn’t give you the right for entitlement. Your even lucky they are putting food in your table

    • Evangelinni Banaginni

      Due to the prolonged and exclusive relationship of Ramon Sr to Genelyn, accdg to the new law, reported by the journalist, Ms Raissa Robles, Genelyn may become the legal heir Of Ramon Sr when he dies. After Ramon Sr was widowed, the status of Genelyn changes also.

    • Anonymous

      sound advise how to be a good second or third woman of Mr Anting-Anting

  • Ernie F

    This is a poorly written report.  Parang English version ni Lolit Solis.  No facts, pure rumors… geesh… 

    • Anonymous

      Ernie…nobela nga eh. hindi news report

  • mac

    Imus Productions presents – A Revilla Films special – Ama, Ina, Ina…, Ina (8th)!!!, Anak, Anak, Anak, Anak,….., Anak (72nd)!!!!

    • Anonymous

      maraming na discover na director at sceenwriter itong news item
      blessings in disguise din pala ang nangyari
      lumabas ang natual na katalihuhan ng mga Pinoy at Pinay

  • ferds

    Anak :  Daddy, kamusta ka na, hingi sana ako sa iyo ng allowance, bibili kasi ako ng Montero.
    Ama  :  Iho, sino ka ? Sino ang mommy mo, pang ilan ka sa magkakapatid ?
    Anak :  Dad naman, si Jr, ito pang 7 sa anak ni Magdalena, di ba may listahan ka naman, pa check na lang.
    Ama  :  Meron nga dito, kaya lang 8 kayong jr. sa listahan ko, at 3 ang asawa kong Magdalena, tanong mo muna sa mommy mo kung taga saan sya, at anong screen name nung bata pa sya. 
    Anak : ngek !!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      Ama:  Ano?!  “Ngek” screen name ng Mommy mo? Eh, Diko matandaan. Sa anong pelikula sia lumabas?
      Anak: Dad, hindi po screen name ang Ngek ni Mommy. Reaction ko po ‘yon sa sagot mo.
      Ama: Aba? So, mahilig din sa action film ang Mommy mo? Eh, sino kaya sa kanila? Dami kasi akong
      naka tandem sa mga action films.
      Anak: And Daddy naman. Parang nabibingi na.
      Ama: Hingi? Oo, alam kong humingi ka ng allowance. Gusto ko lang malaman kung sino at alin si
      Mommy mo. Alam mo naman Hijo, charing tayo sa gurls.
      Anak: Daddy, hindi pa charing. Charming.
      Ama: Pareho lang ‘yon, Hijo: charing at charming

      Dahil na discourage si Ferds, ibinaba na lang nia ang kanyang wireless landline. Hindi naka bili
      ng celfon, eh.

  • Anonymous

    aha so this was where the pork barrel of the don ramon went? distributed to his wives and mistresses for their own livelihood, infrastructure and social projects? its like hey filipinos this is where your taxes go. i cant imagine this is how far filipinos became so stupid that we elect personas like this that uses only their charm and charisma but knows nothing literally. MAGISING NA PILIPINO AT UTANG NA LOOB HUWAG NA SANA TAYONG BOBO PAGDATING NG ELEKSYON.

  • Anonymous

    Revilla Sr was definitely involved in “Dagdag – Dagdag” while other senators were involved in “Dagdag – Bawas”.

  • ellen banquilla

    the legal wife of sen ramon revilla is not the mother of sen bong revilla but the mother of evelyn bautista jaworski(the wife of sen jaworski). this makes genelyn so presumptuous.

    • Anonymous

      oh…what a revelation.
      you mean, Ellen, na control ang Philippine Senate ng angkan ni Mr Anting-Anting?
      kaya pala bugok ang mga legislative bills natin. we have an incestous Congress
      and Senate.
      the Estradas’ ganun din.
      balita ko, mag pinsan din daw sina Migz Zubiri at Jamby Madrigal
      di bale ang mga Pimentel. magagaling naman talaga sila.
      pero ang iba dian, ewan…

  • Anonymous

    ANG HIRAP talaga ng half-sister, half-brother, half-cousin, half-spouse.
    Nobela nga ang kuento ng buhay Revilla.
    Si Genalyn half sister ng isang politician at half-espouse of another politician.

    Kaya pala puro half-half ang mga decision making sa Congress at sa Philippine Senate,
    kasi ang mga pamilya nila mismo, the so called basic unit of society, are also half-half.

    Dapat siguro, ang criteria for candidacy in government elective office ought to be:

    1 Filipinos filing for candidacy must only have one wife, neither have half-children;

    2 Applicant-candidates must have at least completed a four year post secondary academic
     training or its equivalency of learning experience;

    3 No candidate must be granted the privilege to hold government office if found to be greedy
    for money and had committed other acts of corruption.

  • Anonymous

    1. Why is the Church silent on the sexual sagas of Nardong Putik? He impregnated dozens of insecure women and fathered more than 50 illegitimate children. Isn’t Ramon Revilla, Sr, an epitome of wanton immorality that ought to be excommunicated?

    2. If and when the Revillas attend mass, do they occupy special front pews (engraved with “Donated by The Revilla family” ) on account of their financial donations?

    3. In stead of condemning promiscuity and immorality, did the Church bless the perpetrators like they were models of society?

    4. Isn’t Bong Revilla guilty of coddling and cuddling Ramona and changed his stand only when public opinion has become negative.

    5. Isn’t “Evil” imbedded in the heart of the surname “Revilla”?

    • Anonymous

      The church is silent to Nardong Putik because he is the personification of their ANTI-RH advocacy.  Yan ang tinuturo ng simbahan magpadami kayo ng magpadami kahit pa magpatayan ang mga anak nyo he he ..

      • Anonymous

        Pakner CyberPinoy, sama ako sa heheheh mo. Sabi nga ni Mark Twain sa Tagalog “Basta sobra masama na” :

        1. Sobra hirap- Gutom   2. Sobra yaman-ninanakawan  3. Sobra Pangit- kinamumuihan   4. Sobra Ganda- Pinag-aawayan

        5. Sobra Kipot- walang maka-pasok   6, Sobra Luwag – Walang thrill  7. Sobra lamig- naninigas 

         8. Sobra Init- nalalanta’t pina-pawisan    9. Sobra tapang – napapatay    10. Sobra Duwag- Pinapatay din


  • Anonymous

    she knows she’s just a mistress and still she had  9  “illegitimate” children.  mas marami mas malaki ang sustento.

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