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Revilla tells Aquino: End this political mudslinging

By: - Reporter / @MAgerINQ
/ 03:58 PM June 09, 2014

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. on Monday called on President Benigno Aquino III to put an end to mudslinging and urged him to lead the country towards unity, and not partisanship.

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In what he described as  probably the last time that he would express his sentiments, Revilla took the  floor to deliver a privilege  speech, which sounded like a valedictory address as he thanked his colleagues  one  by one.

“Mr. President, muli po akong tumatayo sa harapan ng ating mga kababayan upang minsan pa at posibleng pagkakataon ay mailahad ko ang aking damdamin na hindi para humudyat ng pagkawatak-watak, bagkus ay maipaubaya at magbukas ng bagong  kabanat sa ating kasaysayan,” he said before a jam-packed gallery.

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His  family, relatives and  supporters  all trooped to the  Senate to show their support for  him.

“Mr. President, nasabi ko na nga po dati, malinis po ang aking konsensya. Ngayon na naisampa na ang kaso  laban sa amin, hayaan nyo na po kaming harapin ito sa husgado. Ipaubaya na po natin ito sa korte at doon ko na  po ipagtatanggol ang aking sarili,” he  said.

Revilla was referring to the plunder and anti- graft cases that were filed against him  and  other individuals allegedly involved in the “pork barrel” scam.

Now that  the issue was brought in court,  he said,  the government should now  shift its attention to the more pressing  problems of the country.

“Tama na ang batuhan, tama na ang siraan…” Revilla said in his privilege speech.

(Enough of the mudslinging, enough of the defamation.)

He said  the President should use  its  remaining two years in government to  address the  problems  of  our countrymen.

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“Lead this country not with hatred but with love. Lead the country towards unity and not partisanship. Push our nation’s interest and  not political agenda. Bibihira ang nabibigyan ng pagkakataon ng  maging pangulo at mapalad ka Pangulong Aquino,” Revilla said.

He said it would not be good for Aquino and his administration to be remembered for jailing  only those who are not allied with them.

“Jailing your oppositors should not be the only achievement and legacy you will be leaving behind,”  said the senator.

Revilla also expressed hopes that a seeming attempt to destroy  the Senate and the House of Representatives  was not part  of what he called a “grand design” towards  abolishing  the institution by changing the Constitution or pushing for a Charter change.

Before ending  his speech,  the senator  bared his own “list.”

“Mas matindi ito sa lahat ng iba pang listahan. Para sa ikabubuti ng bansa hayaan nyong ibahagi koi to sa inyo. Wala akong itatago,” he said.

Topping  his list, he said, is God.

“Thank you for walking with me during these times of trial. Tulad ng lagi, alam ko pong hindi Niyo ako pababayaan. Alam kong hindi Mo pababayaan ang bayan.”

Revilla said second on his list was his father, and family, who he said continue to give him strength.

Third on his list, he said,  was his colleagues. The senator then  enumerated the names of  his colleagues, and thanked them one  by one.

To Senate  President Franklin Drilon, Revilla expressed hopes that the former would be able successful in rebuilding the institution.

“Ipaglaban mo ang institusyong ito,”  he told Drilon.

Revilla, who was  emotional at the start of his speech, managed  to laugh  when   he addressed  Senators Lito Lapid , Joseph “JV” Ejercito, and  Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada.

“Kaibigang Lito, ikaw and Leon Guerrero ng masang Pilipino. Bida ka talaga ng masa,” he said of Lapid.

And to Estrada, Revilla said: “Kosa, hanggang dito  ba naman magkasama tayo? Pinagtatawanan siguro tayo ni Daboy ngayon.”

Daboy is  the name of  the late actor Rudy Fernandez.  Revilla, Estrada and  Fernandez are known  close friends since  they were in showbiz.  Estrada  has also been charged with plunder at the Sandiganbayan.

Laughter broke out inside the gallery  when Revilla  turned to  Estrada’s  half-brother.

“Sa maikling panahon ng pagkakasama natin, nakita ko ang puso mo ng tulad ng iyong ama. Isa lang ang hiling ko, sana magkasundo na kayo ng kapatid mo,”  Revilla said.

Estrada and Ejercito are  both sons  of former President and Manila Mayor  Joseph Estrada from different women and both admitted that they are not  in good terms.

Revilla also  has this meaningful message to Senator Teofisto Guingona III, chairman of the Senate blue ribbon committee that  investigates the  “pork” scam.

“Kaibigan pa rin kita, no matter what. Lead the blue ribbon committee in fulfilling its true mandate,” he said.

Revilla ended  his speech with  a song entitled “Salamat kaibigan”  played in an audio-video presentation.

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