Once an actor, always an actor.
This is who Ramon Revilla Jr is and has always been – an actor in the Senate.
Not contented at playing to the audience when he delivered at the Senate his privilege speech complete with a video of him singing, he has also opted to tour around various communities in Metro Manila and his home province of Cavite where a bigger crowd could be made sucker of his being a political martyr.
Having expressed his desire to run for president in 2016, what else could be the reason for stumping in Sampaloc, Pandacan, Sta Mesa, Malabon, Navotas and Cavite, all vote-rich areas, prior to his arrest for plunder, if not for political purposes, especially when one starts hitting the administration of Pres. Benigno Aquino of political persecution?
While Revilla insists that it was more of a thank-you tour, to many Filipinos who know him more than ever now, his going around showed the writing on the wall about his sole intention, which was pleading for sympathy votes.
Gratified at what he saw with a large crowd in attendance, Revilla probably thought that he is still being loved by the people.
I won’t question that. As an actor, yes, he continues to have the adulation of the masses of people, but as a person and as a senator, many Filipinos are now questioning his character, his integrity and his competency.
Revilla is deeply mired in the muck of corruption, most notably in the alleged P10-billion pork barrel scam, that no amount of acting and portrayal of himself as a political martyr will ever make him clean and innocent in the eyes of the Filipino people.
What is even worse is that plunder and graft charges have been file against him at the Sandiganbayan and because of this, a warrant of arrest is imminent to be served that will ultimately find him in a detention center.
Does this country deserve to be led by politicians sent to jail for defrauding his own people?
Filipinos, wake up!