Bong Revilla hopes to entertain guests at Cavite mansion this Christmas




By Boy Villasanta


Should the court grant his Christmas wish, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. will be entertaining guests at the family mansion in Imus, Cavite.

This was announced by one of his staff when we visited the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame Sunday afternoon. Mario Maderal, one of Ramon’s trusted retinue during visitation schedules, said that Revilla was praying that he granted a Christmas furlough.

“Sana naman po, makalabas siya sa Christmas. Mahigpit po talaga dito sa detention kaya sa Cavite mansion na lang tayo magkita-kita (I hope he is able to claim his furlough request. It’s really strict here in the detention center so we just see each other at the Cavite mansion),” explained Maderal when he came out to meet the guests who were able to enter the center to greet the actor.

According to the motion filed by Revilla with the Sandiganbayan First Division, he wants to leave his detention at 11 a.m. on December 24 until 8 p.m. on December 25 and at 11 a.m. on December 31 until 8 p.m. on January 1, 2018 to be with his family on the eve of Christmas for noche buena and on Christmas day and on the eve of New Year for media noche and on New Year’s Day.  

The motion also seeks to allow him to be with his dad, Ramon Revilla, Sr. who has health issues when his comfort and security are needed by the family.     

Only veteran entertainment reporter Alice Vergara was allowed to enter the center because she has the permission on a regular basis granted by Camp Crame to visit the actor. She brought with her the yema cake we bought for Bong. Initially, the lady writer didn’t want to get in without us but we prompted her to go on. 

“Pamilya na ako sa kanila (I am already part of the Revilla-Bautista family),” said Alice. 

Maderal said Bong was apologetic about our missing out on the official visit Sunday afternoon. Two Sundays ago, it was Vergara who advised us that Revilla had already consented on our visit yesterday. “Hiningi pa nga ni Bong ang totoo mong pangalan (Bong even asked me for your complete name),” testified Alice. “Sinabihan pa nga ni Bong si Toby (an assistant) na kunin ang pangalan mo (Bong even told Toby to get your name),” stressed Vergara. But the request wasn’t obviously processed. 

Maderal said that the actor asked him to write our names and telephone numbers so that we can be accredited the next visitation day. 

Prior to Maderal’s appearance outside the center, Bong’s younger sis Princess Revilla appeared at the reception desk with a son in tow to pay his brother a visit. “O, paano kayo? Sige, sasabihin ko sa loob (How about you? Okay, I’d advice about it with them inside),” she quipped as she proceeded to the check in corner of the gate.

Meanwhile, Alice came out of the center immediately past Maderal. “Sinabi ko kay Bong na hindi na rin ako magtatagal sa loob dahil naghihintay ka rito. Nag-sorry siya (I told Bong I wouldn’t stay long because you’re waiting for me outside. He said sorry),” said Vergara.

Vergara and Maderal said that during the visit, there was an ongoing Born Again religious service inside Bong’s detention cell. “Si Lani (Mercado) at ang mga anak niya, nasa fellowship (Lani (Mercado and her kids were attending the fellowship),” they chorused.

Outside, Fr. Larry Faraon, O.P. alighted a van and proceeded to the detention reception desk. “Ang misa ni Father, madalian ‘yan dahil hanggang alas singko lang ang dalaw (The mass to be officiated by the priest would be prompt because the visitation is only at five o’clock in the afternoon),” volunteered Maderal.

According to Vergara, the other members of the Revilla family present during the visit were Jolo Revilla and his two sisters and Strike Revilla.

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