Comelec proclaims 12 new senators today, May 22, Wednesday. Their 6-year service will start on June 30. One of the newly-elected senators is Bong Revilla.
It is said to be a close fight between Bam Aquino, JV Ejercito, and Bong Revilla who were recently vying to enter the magic 12. On last week’s poll, Aquino luckily joined top 12 and kicked out Revilla on the list.
But as COMELEC completes the tallying of CoCs, Revilla was able to re-acquire the spot and edge out his competitors.
Message To Bashers
On the proclamation of winners today, Revilla as one of the newly-elected senators sends a message to his bashers:
“Sana naman matigil na yung mga batikos at tayo’y magsama-sama para sa bayan.”
Controversy Amidst Campaign
It has been a controversial campaign period for the actor turned politician as netizens became hesitant of his capability to take another seat in a government position in place of his pending 16 graft cases.
Despite the enormous negative publicity, Revilla was able to win a spot in the winning circle.
Called For Many Names
Revilla was called for different names and been tagged as “trapo” and “magnanakaw” for his graft cases. His campaign advertisement adds up to the fuel where he was seen on TV doing a “Budots” dance instead of laying out his platforms for public awareness. Far different from the ad campaigns of his fellow senatorial candidates.
Revilla became more of a household name and still draws attention from the voting mass.
After the proclamation, Revilla performs his victory dance, caught in a video.
A Stroke of Luck
Revilla’s victory seemed to be a stroke of luck and is considered as his political comeback despite pending graft cases and acquittal on his plunder case where he spent four years and six months in detention.
The said plunder case accuses Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada, his fellow senatorial candidates for the misuse of 517 million PDAF scam. Allegations arise as these funds were funneled to fake NGOs.