Bong Revilla: I won’t ‘budots,’ steal if elected senator

Bong Revilla
Revilla is hoping for a Upper House comeback after he was cleared of plunder late last year over the multi-billion pork barrel scam.
The STAR / Michael Varcas

MANILA, Philippines — Senatorial candidate Ramon “Bong” Revilla denied Saturday accusations that he would plunder state coffers and would just do the “budots” dance if elected senator, adding he was eyeing a Senate comeback to continue his reforms.

“Hindi po ako magnanakaw at hindi po ako masamang tao,” Revilla, who was among the lawmakers tagged in the multi-million peso pork barrel scam, told DWIZ radio in an interview.

“Tayo ay magperform sa Senado. Hindi tayo magsasayaw lang diyan,” he added in response to critics online who are making fun of his political advertisement, where he danced to “budots” to woo voters while other Senate bets flaunted their achievements in their campaigns.

Revilla is hoping for a Upper House comeback after he was cleared of plunder late last year over the multi-billion pork barrel scam.

He is still facing graft charges while his former chief aide remains in detention for plunder.

The former senator slipped to 11th spot in the partial, unofficial tally of votes as of 3:12 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019. Reelectionist Sen. Koko Pimentel overtook the actor-turned-politician in the senatorial race. — Ian Nicolas Cigaral

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LATEST UPDATE: May 22, 2019 - 11:16am

Updates on the senatorial race following the May 13 midterm elections in the Philippines.

(Photo by The STAR/Michael Varcas)

May 22, 2019 - 11:16am

The Commission on Elections has officially proclaimed the following elected senators:

  • Cynthia Villar

  • Grace Poe

  • Bong Go

  • Ronald dela Rosa

  • Sonny Angara

  • Lito Lapid

  • Imee Marcos

  • Francis Tolentino

  • Koko Pimentel

  • Bong Revilla

  • Nancy Binay

The final and official tally of votes shows that nine of President Rodrigo Duterte's allies candidates won a seat at the upper house.

May 22, 2019 - 10:14am

The Commission on Elections is set to proclaim the winning senators and party-lists today. 

The proclamation comes nine days after the 2019 midterm polls. The National Board of Canvassers ended the canvass late Tuesday.

May 20, 2019 - 9:20pm

With only two certificates of canvass left for the National Board of Canvassers to tally, the board suspends its session on Monday and will resume canvassing on Tuesday morning.

Comelec said the COCs from the Philippine embassies in Saudi Arabia and in Washington account for 555,092 votes.

The board has canvassed 165 of 167 COCs and the Comelec expects to hold proclamations of winning candidates on Tuesday.

May 20, 2019 - 8:20pm

Canvassing resumes Monday night.


The Commission on Elections said earlier Monday that the proclamation of winners in the senatorial and party-list elections will likely happen on Tuesday. 

Party-list proclamations will be in the morning while the country's 12 new senators-elect will be proclaimed in the evening.

May 19, 2019 - 3:22pm

Commission on Elections Director Frances Arabe of the commission's Education and Information Department tells reporters that proclamation of winners can be done "early next week" but cannot say for certain if it will be done in one go.

The Comelec has conducted partial proclamations in past elections.

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