Detained Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla is so good an actor that every time he expresses himself one could see him dramatizing the situation.
The sad thing about it is that, even in Revilla’s latest gig of wanting to go “at the soonest possible time” to St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City for a medical check-up, it is being doubted by government prosecutors as a ploy for an eventual request for a hospital arrest especially if the senator’s petition for bail is denied.
Perhaps Revilla’s sudden health issues that include migraines, lumbo-sacral radiculopathy secondary to spondylosis, hypertension and dyslipidemia (a condition of having abnormal amounts of lipids in the blood), has something to do with the prosecutors continued efforts to have him transferred to Camp Bagong Diwa Detention Center in Taguig City which is under the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).
The PNP Custodial Center, where Revilla is detained, is not under BJMP’s jurisdiction.
But Revilla belied reports that like his cohort, Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, he is also scheming for a hospital arrest.
And so the drama continues.
“Why would I ask for hospital arrest? I don’t need to be in a hospital because I’m physically strong. I prefer where I am right now,” he said in Filipino.
“If the court allows me to have my medical checkup, it’s OK. But if the court won’t allow me, it’s also OK. If I die inside the jail, that’s also fine with me. That’s how life is sometimes.”
These are poignant statements that are made by actors to gain compassion and sympathy from the people.
I thought Revilla was prepared, ready and willing to go to jail for what he thought was a political persecution, but from which he promised he would come out unsullied and innocent because all are fabricated charges?
Whether fabricated or imputed, Revilla has to probe otherwise, and this long process of captivity will teach him somehow the difference between arrogance and humility.
Revilla may still carry the title of a senator, but where he is now and for the charges he is facing before the graft-court, he no longer has the dignity to represent the Filipino people.
Revilla said the prosecution is just out to make his life miserable. “They are doing everything that is not good for us. We’re already down and yet they still want to kick us out. They are punishing us. God will take care of them,” he said.
Revilla’s acting has finally caught up with him. He has finally come to realize the truth about his fate as an actor/senator.