The senator who wanted to run for president of the Philippines in the 2016 elections had rats and cockroaches for company in a jail where he was locked up for links to massive plunder involving P10 billion in government funds.
Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla also complained his detention cell at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame was hot, according to a report in inquirer.net, quoting the senator’s wife, actress Lani Mercado.
On Friday, Revilla, also an actor, voluntarily surrendered, with family and relatives in tow, to the Sandiganbayan before the anti-graft court could serve him a warrant of arrest on charges of graft and plunder in the P10-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.
PDAF scam queen Janet Lim Napoles, who implicated Revilla and senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada, is now detained in Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna for illegal detention filed against her by Benhur Luy, a relative and former employee who spilled the beans on Napoles’ racket.
Napoles was among 32 other people issued warrants of arrest by the Sandiganbayan in relation to the graft and plunder charges against Revilla.
The opposition senator said the charges against him are politically motivated engineered by the administration of President Benigno Aquino.
He said his arrest would not stop his plan to run for president in 2016.
“I will run if the people demand it,” he said. “Who knows, for the first time, we’ll have a President who is a prisoner.”