Focus

A family in trouble: Revillas fall on bad times

On Saturday, Bong Revilla’s son, Jolo, “accidentally” shot himself in the chest, according to lawyer Raymond Fortun. His father’s manager, Lolit Solis, claims the gunshot appeared to be “self-inflicted” since he was supposedly suffering from depression due to the recent events involving his father.

A family in trouble: Revillas fall on bad times

Last month, the Sandiganbayan issued a freeze order on at least 43 bank accounts under Bong Revilla’s name, those of his wife’s, and the couple’s joint accounts.

A family in trouble: Revillas fall on bad times

At the Philippine Custodial Center, Bong Revilla consistently complained of headaches and hypertension. The Sandiganbayan division hearing his plunder case allowed Revilla in November to undergo a medical check-up at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig.

He continues to complain of health issues, recently experiencing “intense pain on both heels.” Last February 14, he was brought to the PNP hospital but would later be seen supposedly partying with his co-respondent in the pork scam case, Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, who was then celebrating his birthday.

Bong’s camp said the meeting was accidental, but Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas was not convinced and ordered a probe on the matter.

A family in trouble: Revillas fall on bad times

Bong Revilla surrender in June 2014 amid consistent denials he pocketed at least P224.5 million from his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). Pictures of him partying with alleged pork barrel queen Janet Napoles later surfaced. The business dealings of his son Bryan with Napoles’ own son, James Christopher, also did not help the senator’s case.

A family in trouble: Revillas fall on bad times

Bong Revilla later became chairman of Lakas-CMD, the banner carried by former President Gloria Arroyo. But his supposed presidential plans for 2016, along with his showbiz career, suffered when the senator was linked to the pork barrel scam.

A family in trouble: Revillas fall on bad times

Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. joined politics in 1995 as vice governor of Cavite before becoming a senator in 2004, replacing his third-termer father.

His wife Lani, also an actress, joined politics in 2010 as representative of the second district of Cavite. Lani ran for reelection in 2013, while their son Jolo ran for vice governor of Cavite. Both won.

On the eve of the 2013 elections, the Revillas cried of harassment as SWAT team members trooped to their house in Cavite to search for illegal firearms. Revilla supposedly hired NBI agents to protect his family from the police that were allegedly mobilized by political rivals.

A family in trouble: Revillas fall on bad times

The recent years have been a particularly trying one for the famed Revilla clan, starting with family patriarch, Jose Acuna Bautista, who is more known by his screen name Ramon Revilla Sr.

A family in trouble: Revillas fall on bad times

Ramona Bautista, meanwhile, reportedly fled to Turkey.

A family in trouble: Revillas fall on bad times

RJ Bautista remains in prison after he was tagged as a suspect in Ramgen's death as well in the frustrated murder of Ramgen's girlfriend Janelle Manahan, who was shot in the face.

A family in trouble: Revillas fall on bad times

Because of showbiz and politics, Revilla built a financial empire enough to support his many children with different women. Revilla’s P1-million monthly allowance for his children with former actress Genelyn Magsaysay was supposedly the reason behind the murder of Ramgen Revilla, who was murdered in their family home in October 28, 2011 by killers allegedly hired by his siblings, RJ and Ramona.