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Ramon Bong Revilla Jr. ( /rɛbɪljɑː/ born José Maria Mortel Bautista Jr. on September 25, 1966[1][2]), also known simply as Bong Revilla, is a Filipino actor, television presenter and politician, who is a Senator of the Philippines. In 2009, he legally changed his surname to Bong Revilla.[2]


Bong Revilla
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Senator of the Philippines
Assumed office
June 30, 2019
In office
June 30, 2004 – June 30, 2016
Governor of Cavite
In office
February 6, 1998 – June 30, 2001
Vice GovernorJuanito Victor C. Remulla (1998–2001)
Preceded byEpimaco Velasco
Succeeded byErineo Maliksi
Vice Governor of Cavite
In office
June 30, 1995 – February 6, 1998
Preceded byDanilo Lara
Succeeded byJuanito Victor C. Remulla
Chair of the Philippine Senate
Public Information and Mass Media; Civil Service, Government Reorganization and Professional Regulation Committee
Assumed office
July 22, 2019
Personal details
Born
José Maria Mortel Bautista Jr.

(1966-09-25) September 25, 1966 (age 53)
Manila, Philippines
NationalityFilipino
Political partyLakas-CMD (1994–present)
Spouse(s)Lani Mercado
ResidenceBacoor, Cavite
Occupation
Websitewww.bongrevillajr.ph

Revilla was first elected to the Senate in 2004, succeeding his father. He successfully ran for a second term and topped the senatorial race in 2010. His alleged involvement in the Napoles pork barrel scam led the Sandiganbayan to issue an arrest warrant against him and other co-accused on June 20, 2014. Within hours, Revilla surrendered before the anti-graft court.[3]

Bong Revilla was acquitted of plunder and released on December 7, 2018, but was required to return to the government ‎₱124.5 million (US$2.47 million) in civil liability.[4][5] He stand accused of 16 counts of graft for allegedly allocating ‎₱517 million (US$10.26 million) of his discretionary funds to bogus foundations.[6][7][8][9]

Early life and education

He was born José Maria Mortel Bautista Jr. to José Acuña Bautista Sr. (also known as Ramón Revilla) and Azucena Mortel.[10] In 1979, he finished his elementary education at Jesus Good Shepherd School in Palico II, Imus, Cavite. He finished his secondary education at Fairfax High School (Los Angeles) at Los Angeles, California, United States in 1982.

Acting career

He starred in a number of action movies during the 1980s and the 1990s. In a few movies he worked alongside his father, Ramón Sr. He has also appeared in a number of comedy films and television shows with GMA-7.

As a native of Bacoor, Cavite, he made several films focused on his home province.[citation needed]

Political career

Vice-Governor and Governor of Cavite

He was invited by former NBI director Epimaco Velasco to be his running mate as vice governor of Cavite. In the 1995 local elections, Velasco and Revilla won as governor and vice governor, beating the tandem of Remulla and Lara.

In February 1998, Velasco resigned as governor of Cavite when he was appointed as secretary of Interior and Local Government replacing then Senatorial candidate Robert Barbers. Revilla assumed as the chief executive of the province.

In the May 1998 local elections, he won a full term for the position of governor.

In his May 2001 reelection bid for governor, he was trounced by then Representative Ayong S. Maliksi by a wide margin.

He returned to his acting career and became a TV actor in GMA-7's sitcom Idol ko si Kap.

Chairman of the Videogram Regulatory Board

In 2002, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo appointed Revilla as Chairman of the Videogram Regulatory Board (now Optical Media Board). He was given a Plaque of International Recognition for Efforts Against Piracy by the Motion Picture Association of America on July 23, 2003 and the Huwarang Lingkod Bayan Award by the Consumers League of the Philippines Foundation, Inc. on October 25, 2003.

Senator

In February 2004, Revilla resigned as Chairman of the VRB and recommended Edu Manzano as his replacement. His father, Ramon Revilla, ended his term as senator on June 30, 2004. Revilla Sr. was elected senator in 1992, reelected in 1998, and could not run for third term according to the 1987 Philippine Constitution. Revilla ran for the position of Senator under the administration K-4 coalition. He won and received the second highest number of votes from the national electorate.

He ran again for the post of Senator in the 2019 elections. As part of his campaign, Revilla released a campaign video that featured himself and a group of children and his son Jolo Revilla dancing to budots.[11]

Potential presidential bid

 
with Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada after the Revilla's speech Salamat, Kaibigan on June 9, 2014

Despite the weakness of the Lakas party due to the arrest of Rep. Gloria Arroyo, Revilla assumed the chairmanship of the party replacing Arroyo, and was to potentially run as standard bearer of the party in the 2016 presidential election.[12] On Election Day May 13, 2013, the Cavite PNP and the National Bureau of Investigation raided the house of Revilla, and according to Revilla, he was harassed by the group of Sen. Panfilo Lacson and former Gov. Ayong Maliksi.[13]

Involvement in the pork barrel scam

After the 2013 elections, he was allegedly involved in the Priority Development Assistance Fund scam, along with then Senate Pres. Juan Ponce Enrile, and Senator Jinggoy Estrada, contributing to entrepreneur Janet Lim-Napoles' alleged bogus foundations.

The Commission on Audit, in its two-year investigation released on August 16, 2013, reported on the questionable release of the Priority Development Assistance Fund by 12 senators, including Revilla, and 180 representatives of Congress.[14] A month later, the National Bureau of Investigation filed plunder cases against Revilla, Enrile, and Estrada.[15]

On January 20, 2014, in his privilege speech to the Senate, he criticized the Aquino administration, revealing that he was talked to by the President along with then-DOTC Sec. Mar Roxas and Budget Sec. Florencio "Butch" Abad to convince him to convict the Chief Justice, Renato Corona.[16]

The Office of the Ombudsman, on April 1, 2014, found probable cause to indict Revilla, Enrile, Estrada, and Napoles with plunder,[17] and filed plunder charges before the Sandiganbayan on June 6, 2014.[18]

On June 9, 2014, Revilla delivered a second privilege speech entitled "Salamat, Kaibigan", as charges were filed against him in the Sandiganbayan. On June 20, the Sandiganbayan issued a warrant of arrest against Revilla and more than 30 others. Revilla proceeded to the Sandiganbayan to surrender, and he chose to be detained at the PNP custodial center at Camp Crame.[19]

The Sandiganbayan suspended Revilla from public office and his senior aide Richard Cambe on August 4, 2014, for 90 days.[20] Revilla's bank accounts were frozen in 2015 as a consequence of the alleged involvement in the scam.[21]

His trial for plunder was rescheduled several times due to various motions filed by Revilla. The trial finally began on June 22, 2017.[22]

Personal life

Ramon "Bong" Bong Revilla Jr. married Lani Mercado (Jesusa Victoria Hernandez-Bautista), representative of the 2nd District of Cavite, which comprises only Bacoor City, in 1987 in a civil wedding. They have six children, namely: Leonard Bryan Bautista (born in November 1986), Jose Lorenzo Bautista III (Ramon "Jolo" Revilla III, born in March 1988), Vice Governor of Cavite, Inah Felicia Bautista-Del Rosario (born in October 1989) married to Vince del Rosario, Ma. Viktoria Gianna Bautista (born in August 1995), Ma. Franzel Loudette Bautista (born in October 1997) and Ramon Vicente "Ramboy/RV" Bautista (born December 1998).

Revilla is the 60th child of former Philippines senator Ramon Revilla Sr and fourth child of Azucena Mortel Bautista He is the older brother of Strike Revilla, the mayor of their hometown of Bacoor, Cavite and his sister Andrea Bautista-Ynares is currently married to former Rizal Governor Casimiro "Jun" Ynares III. His younger half-brother Ram Revilla, also an actor, was murdered in his home, and declared dead in the early hours of October 29, 2011. He was 23 years old.[23]

Acquittal and political and showbiz comeback

In 2018, Revilla through his wife Mayor Lani Mercado filed his candidacy for Senator, with the endorsement of Presidential Daughter and de facto First Lady Sara Duterte, who is the leader of the political coalition Hugpong ng Pagbabago in order to include him to her 14 (later 16)-candidate slate for the Senate election in May 2019, which was criticized by the opposition coalition "Tindig Pilipinas" due to his involvement in the PDAF scam with Jinggoy Estrada. On December 7, 2018, the Sandiganbayan acquitted Revilla on the PDAF scam, but he paid a PHP 480,000 bail for sixteen counts of graft cases,[24] but his chief aide Richard Cambe and the PDAF scam mastermind Janet Napoles was convicted.

Awards

Year Award-Giving Body Category Recipient Result
2001 PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Comedy Actor Ang alamat Won
2009 Best Educational Program Host Kap's Amazing Stories Won
2009 Metro Manila Film Festival [25] Best Actor Ang Panday Won
2011 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Box-Office Kings (with Vic Sotto)[26] Si Agimat at Si Enteng Kabisote Won

Filmography

Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr.
Born
Jose Maria Mortel Bautista Jr.

(1966-09-25) September 25, 1966 (age 53)
Other namesBong Revilla
OccupationActor, TV host, politician, comedian
Years active1983–present (on hiatus from 2014-18)
Spouse(s)Lani Mercado
Children5 (inc. Jose Lorenzo)
Websitewww.bongrevillajr.ph

TV programs

Title TV Network Year
Idol Ko si Kap GMA Network 2000–2005
HP: To the Highest Level Na! 2005–2007
Kap's Amazing Stories 2007–2014
Agimat: Ang Mga Alamat ni Ramon Revilla presents Pepeng Agimat ABS-CBN 2009-2010
Indio GMA Network 2013

Film

Title Role Production Year
Dugong Buhay Alvaro Viva Films
Imus Productions
1983
Pieta, Ang Ikalawang Aklat (Pieta, the Second Chapter) Noel Amazlady Films 1984
Sa Dibdib ng Sierra Madre Manuel Imus Productions 1985
Celeste Gang Mortemer 'Bitoy' Marcelo Sapphire Films International
Imus Productions
1985
Boboy Tibayan: Tigre ng Cavite Boboy Tibayan Imus Productions 1986
Beloy Montemayor Beloy Montemayor Imus Productions 1986
Payaso Sialina Films Enterprises
Imus Productions
1986
Anak ng Supremo (Kid Of Supremo) RNB Films Productions
Imus Productions
1986
Agaw Armas Benjie Bukang Liwayway Golden Lion Films
Viva Films
Imus Productions
1986
Isa Lang Ang Dapat Mabuhay Sapphire Films International
Imus Productions
1986
Sgt. Villapando: A.W.O.L. Intervision Films
Imus Productions
1986
Dongalo Massacre Serres Films
Imus Productions
1987
Target Sparrow Unit Cris Cine Suerte Production
RRJ Productions
Imus Productions
1987
Boy Tornado Boy Tornado RRJ Productions
Imus Productions
1987
Anak ng Lupa (Child of the World) Hector Viva Films
Imus Productions
1987
Alega Gang: Public Enemy No. 1 of Cebu Buboy RNB Films Productions
Imus Productions
1988
Iyo Ang Batas Aking Ang Katarungan (Law And My Justice) Dante Reyes Buena Films Productions, Inc.
Imus Productions
1988
Lost Command Cine Suerte
Imus Productions
1988
Cordillera Lt. Donlego Tuglao LEA Productions
Imus Productions
1988
Florencio Dino: Public Enemy No. 1 Florencio Dino Bonanza Films
Imus Productions
1989
Moises Platon Moises Platon Cine Suerte
Imus Productions
1989
Isang Bala Isang Buhay Daniel Viva Films
Imus Productions
1989
Urbanito Dizon Urbanito Dizon RNB Films Productions
Seiko Films
Imus Productions
1990
Bala at Rosario (Bullet and Rosary) Armand Vision Films
Imus Productions
1990
APO: Kingpin ng Maynila Magno LEA Productions
Imus Productions
1990
Alyas Pogi: Birador ng Nueva Ecija POGI/Henry Cruz RRJ Films 1990
Onyong Majikero Original Onyong Regal Films
Imus Productions
1991
Manong Gang Brando Moviestars Productions
Imus Productions
1991
Captain Jaylo: Batas Sa Batas Capt. Reynaldo Jaylo Omega Releasing Organization, Inc.
Imus Productions
1991
Leon ng Maynila Lt. Col. Romeo Maganto Moviestars Productions
Imus Productions
1991
Alyas Pogi 2 POGI/Henry Cruz Moviestars Productions
Imus Productions
1992
Hanggang May Buhay Sgt. Alex Aragon Bonanza Films
Imus Productions
1992
Pangako Sa'yo (This I Promise You) Benjie Viva Films
Imus Productions
1992
Ako Ang Katarungan: Lt. Napoleon M. Guevarra (I am Justice: Lt. Napoleon M. Guevarra) Lt. Napoleon M. Guevarra Seiko Films
RRJ Productions
Imus Productions
1992
Dugo ng Panday (Blood Of Blacksmith) Flavio Regal Films
Imus Productions
1993
Adan Ronquillo Adan Ronquillo Regal Films
Star Cinema
Imus Productions
1993
Sala sa Init, Sala sa Lamig Bingo Viva Films
Imus Productions
1993
Relax Ka Lang, Sagot Kita Lt. Daniel Santiago Moviestars Productions
Novastar Films
Imus Productions
1994
Iukit Mo Sa Bala Dr. Roberto Guerrero Star Cinema
Megavision Films
Imus Productions
1994
Walang Matigas na Pulis, Sa Matinik na Misis Capt. Bartholome Renaldo Moviestars Productions
Imus Productions
1994
Pustahan Tayo, Mahal Mo Ako Dante Regal Films
Imus Productions
1995
Batas Ko Ang Katapat Mo Abner RRJ Productions
Regal Films
Imus Productions
1995
Ang Senador Kong Kurakot Alyas Pogi Anak ng Teteng Productions
Imus Productions
1995
Wilson Sorronda: Leader Kuratong Baleleng's Solid Group Regal Films
Golden Lion Films
Imus Productions
1995
Ang Titser Kong Pogi Joey Perez Mahogany Pictures
RRJ Films
Imus Productions
1995
SPO4 Santiago: Sharpshooter SPO4 Jaime Santiago Mahogany Pictures
Viva Films
Imus Productions
1996
Pag-ibig Ko Sa Iyo'y Totoo Lt. Mario Romero Viva Films
Imus Productions
1996
Kung Marunong Kang Magdasal Umpisahan Mo Na Alex Regal Films
Imus Productions
1997
Yes Darling: Walang Matigas na Pulis 2 Major Bartolome Renaldo Regal Films
Imus Productions
1997
Sabi Mo Mahal Mo Ako, Wala ng Bawian Capt. Gerry Mercado Star Cinema
Imus Productions
1997
Buhay Mo'y Buhay Ko Rin Insp. Dave Gomez Viva Films
Imus Productions
1997
Onyok Tigasin Onyok Tigasin Mahogany Pictures
Imus Productions
1997
Ben Delubyo Ben Delubyo Viva Films
Imus Productions
1998
Alyas Pogi 3: Ang Pagbabalik POGI/Henry Cruz Star Cinema
Imus Productions
1998
Pepeng Agimat Pepeng Agimat Millenium Cinema
Imus Productions
1999
Minsan Ko Lang Sasabihin Alex Sembrano Millenium Cinema
Imus Productions
2000
Mahal Kita: Final Answer! Nino Viva Films
Imus Productions
2002
Kilabot at Kembot Leon Imus Productions 2002
Ang Agimat: Anting-anting ni Lolo Paolo/Enteng/Matandang Ketongin Imus Productions 2002
Bertud ng Putik Gabriel de Dios Imus Productions 2003
Captain Barbell Captain Barbell Viva Films
Imus Productions
2003
Exodus: Tales from the Enchanted Kingdom Exodus Imus Productions 2005
Kapag Tumibok Ang Puso: Not Once, But Twice Marco Imus Productions 2006
Resiklo Commander Crisval Sarmiento Imus Productions 2007
Ang Panday Flavio GMA Films & Imus Productions 2009
Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote Agimat GMA Films
Imus Productions
M-Zet Films
2010
Ang Panday 2 Flavio GMA Films
Imus Productions
2011
Si Agimat, Si Enteng at Ako Agimat GMA Films
Imus Productions
M-Zet Films
2012

Producer

  • Alyas Pogi 2 (1991) (executive producer - as Jose Mari Bautista)
  • Ako Ang Katarungan (Lt. Napoleon M. Guevarra) (1993) (producer - Jose Mari Bautista)
  • Iukit Mo Sa Bala! (1994) (producer - as Jose Mari M. Bautista)
  • Ang Titser Kong Pogi (1995) (executive producer - as Jose Mari M. Bautista)
  • Kung Marunong Kang Magdasal, Umpisahan Mo Na (1996) (producer - as Jose Mari Bautista)
  • Yes Darling: Walang Matigas na Pulis 2 (1997) (producer - as Jose Mari M. Bautista)
  • Sabi Mo Mahal Mo Ako, Wala Ng Bawian (1997) (producer - as Jose Mari M. Bautista)
  • Pepeng Agimat (1999) (line producer - as Jose Mari Bautista)
  • Minsan ko Lang Sasabihin (2000) (line producer - as Jose Mari M. Bautista)

References

  1. ^ Senate of the Philippines - Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr. Archived 2010-11-29 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Revilla Jr.'s surname is now Bong Revilla http://www.gmanews.tv/story/184067/revilla-jrs-surname-is-now-bong-revilla
  3. ^ Calonzo, Andreo (2014-06-20). "TIMELINE: Senator Bong Revilla's arrest and detention for certified plunderer". GMA News. Retrieved 2016-06-06.
  4. ^ "From arrest to acquittal: Bong Revilla's 'pork barrel' case". ABS CBN News. 2018-12-07. Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  5. ^ Marcelo, Elizabeth (January 31, 2019). "Compel Bong Revilla to pay P124.5-million liabilities, Sandiganbayan urged". The Philippine Star. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  6. ^ Jimenez, Raffy (December 7, 2018). "Bong Revilla posts P480,000-bail for graft case". MSN. Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  7. ^ Buan, Lian (December 7, 2018). "Sandiganbayan acquits Bong Revilla of plunder". Rappler. Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  8. ^ Roxas, Joseph Tristan (March 7, 2019). "Sandiganbayan cancels Bong Revilla's graft trial due to Napoles conviction". GMA News Online. Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  9. ^ Buan, Lian (January 30, 2019). "Ombudsman: Revilla must pay back plundered P124.5M". Rappler. Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  10. ^ Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr. Official Website Public Profile Archived 2009-01-24 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Netizens slam senatorial candidate Bong Revilla for 'Budot dance' campaign video". Coconuts Manila. 6 May 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  12. ^ Boncocan, Karen (31 January 2013). "Bong Revilla a strong contender in 2016 – Lakas-CMD". Philippine Daily Inquirer.
  13. ^ "More police surround Revillas' ancestral home in Cavite". Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  14. ^ Rappler.com (August 16, 2013). "COA special report on PDAF, 2007-2009". Rappler. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  15. ^ Rappler.com (September 16, 2013). "Plunder complaints vs Estrada, JPE, Revilla". Rappler. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  16. ^ Bong Revilla: PNoy personally asked me to convict Corona | News | GMA News Online
  17. ^ Legaspi, Amita O. (April 1, 2014). "Ombudsman to file plunder charges vs. Enrile, Revilla, Estrada over 'pork' scam". GMA News Online. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  18. ^ Cayabyab, Marc Jayson (June 6, 2014). "Ombudsman files plunder raps vs Napoles, Enrile, Estrada, Revilla". Inquirer News. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  19. ^ "Bong Revilla off to surrender to anti-graft court". Rappler. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  20. ^ Chiu, Patricia Denise (August 4, 2014). "Sandiganbayan orders suspension of Revilla, Cambe". GMA News Online. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  21. ^ "Revilla accounts frozen, but only P291,205 left". Philippine Star. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  22. ^ Nicholls, AC (June 22, 2017). "Ex-senator Revilla skips first day of plunder trial". CNN. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  23. ^ "Son of former Sen. Ramon Revilla Sr. killed in Paranaque". Retrieved 19 April 2015.
  24. ^ "Bong Revilla cleared of plunder in pork barrel scam case". ABS-CBN News.
  25. ^ "Metro Manila Film Festival:2009". IMDB. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  26. ^ "42nd Box-Office Entertainment Awards honors outstanding actors and actresses of 2010". Pep.ph. Retrieved 2014-05-21.
Political offices
Preceded by
Epimaco Velasco
Governor of Cavite
1998–2001
Succeeded by
Erineo Maliksi
Party political offices
Preceded by
Francis Manglapus
President of Lakas Kampi CMD
2011–present
Incumbent