Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla made good use of the acting prowess that he is known for by making the senate floor as the stage and with a toy truck loaded, supposedly, with insignificant bundle of evidence as “props”, in denying allegations about his involvement in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.
He even made it more theatrical when he brought along his ailing and emotional father, and an equally emotional wife, and made them all part of the backdrop during his privilege speech.
With his melodramatic performance, he surely was trying to play with the emotional chords of the audience and evoking sympathy from them after having been charged of plunder, together with Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada, for allegedly pocketing pork barrel funds that were diverted to bogus non-governmental organizations supposedly set up by Janet Lim-Napoles.
Like Enrile and Estrada before him, whose denials also did not generate a debate nor an iota of change in perception from the public about their alleged implication, when they made their privilege speeches and filed their own counter-affidavits (https://quierosaber.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/enrile-estrada-counter-affidavits-did-not-generate-reaction-from-public/), so, too, has Revilla been unsuccessful in removing the stain of corruption that has marred him.
“For the record, I have nothing to do with this scam, those whistleblowers, nor Janet Lim-Napoles. I have no dealings with them,” Revilla said.
Makes me wonder how Revilla can be able to convince the public that his toy truck with just four bundles of evidence is more credible than the ‘truckloads of evidence” that DOJ claims it has against him?
While Revilla is only good at concocting names in his attacks at the whistleblowers by calling them “jukebox king and queens”, which won’t help in clearing his name, Revilla should worry instead about the statement issued by DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima, saying, that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) had done a good job in documenting the scam with the help of whistle-blowers led by Benhur Luy, and that she had complete confidence that the product of their months-long effort will bear fruit in terms of solid prosecution.
Neither can diverting the issue of Revilla’s anomalous implication in the PDAF scam, like, making political attacks at President Aquino and some of his cabinet members, can make a difference in the public’s perception about his alleged involvement, much less absolve him.
Revilla’s melodramatic privilege speech was one amazing story more viewed by many as a desperate ploy for political survival that can only be delivered by an actor and not by one considered to be a senator of the realm.