An Open Letter to senator Bong Revilla

Dear senator Bong Revilla,

When your colleagues in the Senate, Senators Franklin Drillon and Ping Lacson, filed a resolution that would allow Sen. Leila’s participation in relevant Senate proceedings via video conference, you vehemently protested insisting that it would be tantamount to double standards, and a sense of entitlement on Sen. Leila’s part.

Sir, naman, magkaibang-magkaiba po ang sitwasyon ninyo ni Sen. De Lima.

Here, let me enlighten you why that is so.

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Firstly, we ALL know that Sen. De Lima is detained on trumped-up charges orchestrated by a vindictive tyrant with an ax to grind. Nothing more.

Not an ounce of illegal drug was found in her possession, not a trail of the purported drug money was established, and not a single witness of unquestionable reputation and motive was presented. Kaya nga, hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa rin umuusad ang mga kaso laban sa kanya. Imagine, six judges na ang nag-withdraw from hearing her cases!

You, on the other hand, was indicted with a plunder charge and 16 counts of graft for funneling your pork barrel through the bogus NGOs of PDAF Scam Queen Janet Lim Napoles. All the amounts mentioned by Benhur Luy during the hearings and recorded in his ledger matched the amounts that went into the bank accounts of your family. Kaya nga, nakakapagtaka when you were acquitted of plunder last December. But more perplexing is the fact that, along with that acquittal, is the order for you to return your loot to the tune of P124,500 million!

Ikaw ba, hindi rin nagtaka at naguluhan kagaya naming lahat, Sir?

Secondly, you said that the Senate leadership at the time of your detention believed that your absence “would have no impact on legislation.” Malamang nga po, Sir, hindi kayo masyadong kawalan –unlike Sen. De Lima, who is a brilliant lawyer and a diligent member of the Senate. In fact, even in detention, tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang pagtatrabaho ng butihing Senadora through her extremely competent staff.

Ikaw po, bukod sa pagsi-selfie mo dati sa loob ng Crame, anong kapaki-pakinabang na bagay ang nagawa mo while incarcerated?

Thirdly, in Sen. De Lima’s case, she has colleagues who actually filed a resolution in her behalf. Sa inyo, wala e. Wala yata talaga kayong kasama sa Senado na bilib sa kakayahan nyo.

Mag-budots na lang kaya kayo, Sir?

That’s all for now, senator Revilla. Goodluck to you!

 

Naglilinaw lang po,

Ang Taumbayan

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