Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr. –never too big for his britches


REVILLA. What you see is what you get.

The next Philippine presidential race is still three years away, but the search for President Benigno Aquino III’s successor is already beginning to heat up—with Mar Roxas, Jejomar Binay and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. gearing up for an exciting, three-way fight.

Whether that’s good or bad for the country remains to be seen, and we’re not placing our bets on anyone of them just yet. —What’s hard to deny, however, is the fact that it’s getting more difficult to separate the wheat from the political chaff!

What stunt can the popular action star pull off to defeat the DILG secretary and the vice president? But, before dismissing Revilla’s bid, it’s probably wise for his rivals to remember that he topped the senatorial race in 2010.

We finally met the youthful actor-politician last weekend, when we—along with a feisty bunch made up of Dolly Anne Carvajal, Dindo Balares and Bibsy Carballo—were invited by Butch Raquel’s CorpCom team to meet Revilla, who graced GMA 7’s participation to the Dinagyang festival in Iloilo to promote his action teleserye, “Indio.”

Surprisingly charming

To be honest, we expected the actor to be slick, elusive—and too big for his britches! But, when we finally met him for our one-on-one, he was surprisingly charming, and assured us that it was all right to “go straight to the point”—so, we did!

What’s dirtier, show biz or politics? Without skipping a beat, Bong replies, “Politics is dirtier—the fabricated issues in it are harder to take, especially on the local level. Sa show biz, kaya mong lunukin ang kontrobersya.

“But, I’ve learned not to worry about intrigues—because truth always prevails, anyway. Kahit naging kapartido ko si GMA, alam ng tao na hindi ako puppet na nadidiktahan—I’m my own man!”

The senate does seem more “eventful” these days. Did he see the recent drama—involving factions bickering about unequal distribution of funding—coming? Revilla explains, “Sa senado kasi, may mga hindi inaasahang isyu na bigla na lang pumuputok—and I try to stay neutral.

“They fight for what they think is right. Nobody’s perfect. Sana, maayos na ang problema, kasi sa awayang ito, Senators Enrile and Cayetano aren’t the only ones affected, it’s the whole institution.”

Is he really seeking a higher office—like the presidency? He quips, “It’s premature to talk about it—but, I don’t go to war unprepared.”

His advice for actors who want to join public service: “Learn as much as you can. Before I became a senator, I was a vice governor, governor and chair of the Video Regulatory Board (now Optical Media Board)—and I even lost once!

“Sa senado, maraming mas matalino kaysa sa akin, but I let my heart decide—especially on controversial issues, like the Corona impeachment and the RH and Sin Tax bills.”

Public property

Does he get offended when people speculate about his private life and marriage (to actress-congresswoman Lani Mercado), or the circumstances surrounding the death of his half-brother, Ramgen, in 2011? He succinctly replies, “If you’re in show biz or politics, sharing even what’s private is a given—you have to learn to accept that you’re public property! Hindi ako mapagpanggap—what you see is what you get. You can’t go wrong if you’re honest.”

When the action star and his wife, Lani, fight, who has the last word? Bong shares, “Hindi kami natutulog hanggang hindi naaayos ang pinag-aawayan namin—para walang nakikimkim na sama ng loob. Usually, ang isyung pinag-aawayan ay selos—that’s why trust is crucial!”

Then, he looks at us, grins, and playfully winks, “Besides, it isn’t my fault if I’m cute (laughs)!”

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  • peach black

    puwede ba Bobong Revilla wag mo ipino-photoshop yang mukha mong namamaga? Kahawig mo na isa ring singkit na namamaga. . . si Jun Encarnacion. Hayop kang Maskuladong Unano ka. huwag ka nang tumakbo. Huwag mong babuyin ang bansang matagal na ninyong pinakikinabangan. 

  • Avtar Singh

    Don’t ever think about running !!!!

  • Paliwaweng

    It is regrettable to see people who takes advantage and use cliches such as ‘to serve the people’  in dissuading the majority of the electorate whom they know who are still ignorant when it comes to exercising their duty to elect; to further their personal interests. 
    For power and money.They know that most of us, are not mature enough to see an evidence-world of facts as a basis for electing a man for public office.We saw clowns topping senatorial slates if not on the magic 8 and getting a president who was a proven gambler and thief and turned Malacanan into a bar and gambling den.

  • Echuserang_Froglet

    mabuhay si ramon “bong” revilla jr

    ang tunay na pag asa ng bayan!

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  • Melvin

    Ewan ko lang, pero kung tatakbo nga itong si Bong sa pagkapresidente, dapat ay matamang pagaralan, sapagkat artista ang pagkakakilala sa kanya at maswertte siya at gusto ng masa na maging senador siya, pero sana siya sa kanyang sarili ay magisip din kung bagay siyang maging presidente. Hindi komo si Erap ay naging presidente ay gagayahin niya… Ang tao dapat kilala niya ang kanyang sarili… Para sa akin yung kanyang kakayahan ay para sa local government unit lamang… Hindi pang-legislative o executive branch ng gobyerno… Tulad na nasabi ko, ewan ko lang… Basta hindi ako pabor…

  • Beguine

    It looks like the 2016 Presidential election will have several politicians
    vying to be President – just another the more the merrier contest free-for-all.

    On the other hand, at this early stage this 2013 we don’t know if PNoy wants to cling
    to power and find ways and means to prolong his rule at the top. There
    might be yet another era where another leader, PNoy, wants to continue
    and his rivals helpless to stop him or bring him down. 

    Anyway, Pinas has been waiting for ages for a leader with a vision who will
    make this country great, as Ferdinand Marcos once promised, but failed
    to deliver. Marcos only made himself and his immediate family and cronies
    vastly wealthy, so much so that after three decades past and present
    succeeding governments were not able to make the Marcoses and his 
    cronies pay for their countless crimes against the people. 

    And plunderers have become a dime a dozen, with Erap and Gloria and Mike
    Arroyo at the top of the heap among living plunderers. 

    True change for the better has remained a farfetched dream in Pinas, where
    the politicians remain mainly interested in building their own empires and
    dynasties and only pay lip service to good government and a better life
    for the nation as a whole. 

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