Bong Revilla's list: Quips, jokes, praises
MANILA - Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. bared his own "list" during his privilege speech at the Senate on Monday.
However, instead of baring more corruption scandals, the senator praised his colleagues in the Senate and other officials whom he had worked with in government.
Revilla urged President Aquino to continue to work harder to lead the country in unity and help Filipinos who are mired in poverty. He warned that the President's only achievement should not be to jail his oppositors.
He also joked with Senator Jinggoy Estrada and alluded to their possible arrest after being linked to the pork barrel scam.
"Kosa, hanggang dito ba naman magkakasama pa tayo?" he joked.
Revilla said their old friend, the late Rudy Fernandez, could be laughing at their predicament while in heaven. He also urged Estrada not to lose heart.
"God is just preparing us for something better," he said.
Revilla's speech comes after he and two other senators were charged with plunder before the Sandiganbayan for their alleged links to the pork barrel scam. The three will be arrested if the anti-graft court finds probable cause in their plunder cases.
GOD - "Alam kong hindi niya ako bibigyan ng pagsubok na hindi ko malalampasan. Lord, salamat po sa pagkakataon na higit ko Kayong nakilala. "
RAMON REVILLA SR. - "Daddy, alam ko pong nanood kayo. I love you. Babangon tayo."
WIFE AND KIDS - "We shall overcome. Be strong. Ipagpatuloy ninyo at higit pang pag-ibayuhin ang pagtulong sa kapwa."
FRANK DRILON - "Ipaglaban mo ang institusyong ito."
RALPH RECTO - "A true gentleman. Your economic foresight and expertise continue to benefit the country. Saludo ako sa iyo, pare."
ALAN PETER CAYETANO - "I wish you good luck in all your endeavors."
TITO SOTTO - "Di lang kita Tito, kuya pa. Marami akong naipasang batas noong Majority Floor ka. It is an honor working with you."
GRINGO HONASAN - "I look up to you. Your humility is worth emulating. Your patriotism is beyond question. I salute you."
MIRIAM DEFENSOR SANTIAGO - "I am praying for your health, Get well soon, Ma'am. The Senate needs your expertise."
LITO LAPID - "Kaibigang Lito, ikaw ang 'Leon Guerrero' ng masa. Bida ka talaga."
TEOFISTO 'TG' GUINGONA III - "Kaibigan pa rin kita, no matter what. Lead the Blue Ribbon Committee in fulfilling its true mandate."
SONNY ANGARA - "I look up to your father, continue his legacy."
GRACE POE - "Salamat, nakita ko sa iyo ang puso ng iyong ama, ang tunay na Panday. Ipagpatuloy mo ang hangarin niya sa bayan na ito."
JINGGOY ESTRADA - "Kosa, hanggang dito ba naman magkakasama pa tayo? Siguro pinagtatawanan tayo ni Daboy sa langit. Wag kang mag-alala, sasamahan tayo ni Ipe sa kulungan. But kidding aside, pare, hindi ito ang katapusan natin. God is just preparing us for something better."
LOREN LEGARDA - "Seatmate, I will miss your enthusiasm in serving our kababayans."
ANTONIO TRILLANES - "I will always admire your tenacity in fighting for the Filipino people."
JV EJERCITO - "Sa maikling panahon ng pagsasama, nakita ko ang puso mo na tulad ng iyong ama. Isa lang ang hiling ko, magbati na kayong magkapatid. Pare, sige na."
BAM AQUINO - "Keep it up. You are on the right track."
KOKO PIMENTEL - "I will always treasure the advice and guidance of your father when we worked together. I see him in you."
SERGIO OSMENA III - "Brilliant. A good person and a good friend."
PIA CAYETANO - "Continue to be an inspiration to women."
CYNTHIA VILLAR - "Isa kayong inspirasyon ng sipag at tiyaga. Mabuhay ka, ninang."
CHIZ ESCUDERO - "Please be careful with your heart. But kidding aside, your passion is without equal."
NANCY BINAY - "Your father can truly be proud of you."
BONGBONG MARCOS - "Pare, nakita ko sa iyo ang sipag mo, ang galing mo at ang talino mo. May aabangan pa ang bansa sa iyo."
JUAN PONCE ENRILE - "Manong, I can only wish that I live a full life like yours. One of the greatest leaders of this country, your brilliance, your experience brought a culture of excellence not only to this institution but any institution that you have led. You are undoubtedly the ultimate statesman."
CONGRESS - "Ibangon natin ang nayurakan na institusyon."
SENATE - "I thank this august chamber for being witness to my pure and genuine intentions to serve our people. Nagpapasalamat ako sa pagkakataon na maging lingkod-bayan na kahanay ninyo."
MARTIN ROMUALDEZ - "Martin, di mo ako iniwan. Naramdaman ko sa iyo kung ano ang isang tunay na kaibigan."
FIDEL RAMOS - "Mentored me and continued to share with me his kindness and wisdom..."
GLORIA MACAPAGAL ARROYO - "You have always been in my prayers and I will always continue praying for you. Kaya niyo yan, ma'am."
JEJOMAR BINAY - "You are a true man of vision. Your track record speaks for itself."
JOSEPH ESTRADA - "May our present and future leaders emulate your sense of forgiveness. Tunay po kayong ama ng masang Pilipino."
FANS AND SUPPORTERS - "Hindi po ako magsasawang sabihin at kilalanin na kayo ang dahilan kung bakit ako naging isang Bong Revilla."