BY ROGER M. BALANZA
The word “pork” may be most abominable to him, but Senator Bong Revilla can gobble up tons of pork he wants in his detention cell at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center.
The phobia is understandable. Revilla is locked up at the police detention cell in Camp Crame over another kind of pork, the congressional Priority Assistance Development Fund (PDAF) also known as pork barrel. For months now like a slice of pork on a stick, he has been barbecued, broiled, roasted and crucified for grand thievery of public money by.
He is accused of pocketing millions of pesos in kickbacks from ghost projects he endorsed funded by his PDAF allocation and implemented by ghost non-government organizations of pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles.
On Friday, Revilla 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 PDAF scam.
He was immediately whisked and locked up at the PNP custodial center where he spent his first night making history as the first Philippine senator detained over corruption charges.
The Sandiganbayan has yet to rule on charges of plunder and graft against two other senators – Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada – also fingered by Napoles in sworn affidavits before the Office of the Ombudsman.
Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac, spokesman of the PNP, on Balitanghali NewsTV, said there is no limit to Revilla’s relatives bringing food to the jailed senator. And that should include pork.
Sindac made the clarification as Revilla’s relatives did an exodus to the PNP detention cell to bring food to the opposition senator.
Revilla maintained that he was innocent and said the charges against him are politically- motivated engineered by the administration of President Benigno Aquino.
He had earlier said the charges were calibrated to derail his bid to run for president in 2016.
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.”