Ramon Revilla Sr. has 72 kids, says spokesperson
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Former actor and senator Ramon Revilla Sr. fathered 72 children to 16 different women, the spokesman of one of his sons said Wednesday.
Thirty-eight of his children are officially acknowledged and carry his surname, according to Portia Ilagan, spokesperson of Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr.
The Revilla patriarch was born Jose Acuña Bautista and took the screen name Ramon Revilla when he entered the movies.
His eldest child is Evelyn Bautista, wife of another former senator and basketball legend Robert Jaworski.
Revilla's youngest child, meanwhile, is 15-year-old Abigail.
One daughter, Andrea, said her father is a good role model -- except for his weakness for women.
"Lagi naman sinasabi ng daddy ko, iyung pagiging babaero niya, huwag tularan," Andrea said.
All of his children, including the slain Ramgen, attend his birthday celebrations.
Despite the large number of his children and grandchildren, members of the Revilla clan have good relationships, Ilagan said.
"Isang dugo sila," she said.
People close to the Revillas said the clan's patriarch supports all of his children.
It also came as a shock for Revilla's children that 2 of their own, Ramon Joseph and Ramona, are accused of being behind the murder of their own brother, Ramgen.
Senior Superintendent Billy Beltran, Parañaque City police chief, said they are looking into the possibility that Ramgen was killed due to a growing squabble with his siblings over the monthly allowance given by the Revilla patriarch.
Revilla patriarch speechless over family tragedy
The clan's patriarch is still speechless over the recent turn of events involving his family, Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. said.
"Kahit sino namang magulang," said Revilla Jr. before visiting his father Wednesday night at the St. Luke's Medical Center in Taguig, where he was confined the day before for cough and fever. "Speechless kami."
The younger Revilla came to the hospital hours after his half-brother Ramgen was buried.
Revilla Jr. said the family is still having a hard time coping with Ram's death, but that the former senator's condition is now stable and getting better.
Revilla Jr. also called on authorities to be careful with their investigation, especially since members of their family have been implicated. The hospital did not release any medical bulletin on Revilla Sr.'s condition on Wednesday. - with reports from Mario Dumaual and Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News