‘Show respect’: Lani Mercado slams critics of her husband on social media

May 27, 2019 - 5:04 PM
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Bong and Lani Revilla
Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla doing the 'heart' gesture with her husband, Senator-elect Ramon "Bong" Revilla. (Pilipino Star Ngayon/File photo)
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Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla appealed for Filipinos to show “respect” and mind their own “GMRC” amid constant criticism against her husband, Senator-elect Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.

Mercado-Revilla on May 25, Saturday tweeted that people “don’t have to be mean” to get “attention” on social media.

 

Her tweet came after Revilla earned a deluge of criticisms for running and winning in the 2019 midterm elections despite being accused to be involved in a major pork barrel scam where he supposedly misused P517 million.

The senator-elect, after spending some time in detention, was eventually acquitted but his former aide was charged guilty.

During the campaign season, pictures of Revilla with some Filipinos went viral where they were seen clutching their own belongings—particularly wallets—in reference to his plunder and graft charges.

““Wag po kayong mag-alala. Wala naman pong nawala. Mahigpit po pagkakahawak ko sa wallet ko,” a Facebook user captioned in a post.

Revilla’s televised advertisement for his senatorial campaign also garnered criticisms for its seemingly empty message, where he was seen dancing to the “Budots” ditty instead of announcing his platforms.

Last week, Mercado-Revilla expressed her feelings about her husband being tagged as a “thief” or a “magnanakaw,” even by local showbiz personalities.

She said their remarks hurt her but she hopes that people would give him a chance.

Meanwhile, Filipinos who saw her tweet about “respect” and minding “GMRC” or good manners and right conduct were quick to retaliate, recalling the controversial cases Revilla was involved in.

Revilla previously proclaimed that he would not simply “dance” and “steal” once seated in the Senate.

“Hindi po ako magnanakaw at hindi po ako masamang tao… Tayo ay magperform sa Senado. Hindi tayo magsasayaw lang diyan,” he said in an interview before.

The case of ‘Pogi’ 

Revilla was tagged in the controversial pork barrel scam spanning the years 2007 to 2009. He was accused of misusing millions of taxpayers’ money in non-existent foundations with the aid of businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles.

Former senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada were also tagged as well but it was alleged that Revilla got the biggest kickbacks amounting to P517 million under the pseudonym “Pogi.”

By 2014, the Sandiganbayan charged them with plunder and graft charges.

Revilla filed several petitions in court and by December 2018, he was acquitted from plunder by the anti-graft body.

However, the Office of Ombudsman appealed that the former actor should return P124.5-million to the government for civil liability.

Revilla’s plunder acquittal was also questioned by some legal experts.

“If he was made to pay P124 (million) as civil liability, it means that the SB (Sandiganbayan) only found reasonable doubt as to his guilt but that the act of plunder, from which civil liability might arise, exists and was proven,” Theodore Te wrote in a tweet.

Revilla is also facing 16 counts of graft relating to the case, where he is currently out on a bail bond worth P480,000.