Whether we are political supporters of detained Senator/actor Ramon “Bong” Revilla, we can all breathe a sigh of relief that his son, Cavite Vice Governor/actor Jolo Revilla, is alive.
This, after news broke out that the young Revilla was in critical condition from a gunshot wound.
Now, whether this self-inflicted wound was intentional or accidental, as claimed by the family’s lawyer, when Jolo was said to be cleaning his .40 caliber Glock pistol and the gun suddenly went off hitting his upper right chest, only the latter can tell.
The fact remains, however, as mentioned by talent manager Lolit Solis in an interview, that Jolo, who not only was close to his father, Bong, but also idolizes him, was the most affected by his detention without bail for plunder.
Normally an ebullient person, Jolo became depressed upon his father’s arrest last year, Solis said. The family’s assets have also been frozen by the courts.
“He often wept during visits to his father,” Solis said. “Bong could accept his fate, but he didn’t realize that someone else in the family was suffering a lot.”
The depression apparently deepened, Solis said, following recent news that the senator might be transferred from a special detention facility at Camp Crame to a regular jail at Camp Bagong Diwa.
One could just imagine what was going through the mind of Jolo all these times. But, if family and close friends knew how sensitive and disturbed he had become, a red flag could have been raised so he could have received psychological or emotional intervention of some kind by experts.
Leaving Jolo alone in this state of mind is utterly deplorable and inexcusable unless hurting himself is his way of getting sympathy for his father. It was not only Bong’s detention that hurt Jolo, but the shame in the family also had been a big factor.
At the end what happened to Jolo, probably, was his way of sending a strong message to his father that being a public servant, as they both are, is about caring and serving for the less fortunate of the Filipinos instead of taking away from them their livelihood programs. It is about putting the interest of the people first, before their own.
On their own, the local movie/TV business has made the Revillas millionaires many times over and famous like no other.
So why allow corruption in politics to destroy the Revilla name?