Senator Revilla denounces the trial by publicity as a derogation of his constitutional right to due process of law.” Atty. Bodegon (Bong Revilla's lawyer)
“He is appalled at how the media are giving unwarranted credence to the lies purveyed by the whistle-blowers who have publicly confessed their criminal enterprise of stealing the lawmakers’ PDAF.” Atty Bodegon
NOTE: The following EQ interview is hypothetical BUT Bong's and Lani's answers are ACTUAL based on past news articles in major newspapers.
EQ: Who is Bong Revilla?
Bong Revilla(BR): I am José Marie Mortel Bautista.I was born on September 25, 1966. I legally changed my last name to Bong Revilla.
I finished my secondary education at Fairfax High School (Los Angeles) at Los Angeles, California, United States in 1982. (No college education mentioned). From Wikipedia
EQ Question: What are your plans for 2016?
Bong Revilla (BR):"Panibagong kabanata yang ating haharapin so tingnan natin. Masasabi ko nga paghahandaan natin. Alam kong marami tayong dapat harapin na pagsubok pero ganun pa man, nasa Panginoon yan. Kung ano man ibigay sa atin, haharapin ko."
"Wala pang napag uusapan. Sa totoo lang, wala pa."
"Pero maganda tunog!"
EQ Question:Do you know Janet Napoles?
BR: "Hindi ko kilala si Janet!"
The ties that bind.EQ QUESTION: Why are they involving you in the pork barrel scandal?
BR:“Just because there are people urging me to run for 2016, they will already ruin my name?”
BR:“Legal and legitimate, it is unfortunate that a legal undertaking between associates is being tainted with malice.”
EQ :What's your stand on pork barrel?
“It appears that that the good intentions of helping the poor and spreading development to the countrysides are not realized at napaglalaruan pa pagdating sa (manipulated during) implementation.”
EQ: How will you help your constituents without the pork?
BR: My wife said:"What are we going to give them? I don't think it's fair to spend our hard-earned personal cash because we use that for our kids and our daily needs."
EQ : What do you feel about the pork barrel scam?
BR: “Napakasakit na madungisan ang pangalang napakatagal naming pinagsikapan buuin at pangalagaan. I am praying that this will finally shed light on the controversy and clear our tarnished reputations.”
EQ: What does your wife say about the pork barrel issue?
BR: "Lani's answer was this: "Basta 'wag lang manghihingi sa amin ang mga tao (Well, as long as people don't ask assistance from us)!" She added: "E ano'ng ibibigay namin? Hindi naman puwede yung pinaghihirapan namin dahil sa personal naman namin 'yun, sa mga anak, sa mga pang-araw-araw na panggastos namin ."
BR: "Aside from prudence, I am not a member of the Blue Ribbon committee to begin with. But I fully support the inquiry and all the other investigations into the matter.”