MANILA, Philippines — The Sandiganbayan First Division on Tuesday allowed detained Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla to attend and participate in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival’s (MMFF) Parade of Stars.
“After due consideration of both oral and written arguments of the parties, and for humanitarian reason, the Court resolves to grant accused-movant’s prayer. [Accused] Ramon “Bong” Revilla is allowed to leave his place of detention at the PNP Custodial Center, Camp Crame and to proceed to the venue for the Metro Manila Film Festival Parade of Stars where he will be featured in one of the floats specifically constructed for him, for a maximum duration of three hours on December 23, 2014,” said the two page resolution dated December 1 but released to the media on Tuesday.
In his motion, the senator said that a float designed specifically for him will truly remind the people that he is one of the highest paid
senators actors in the Philippines.
“Siguro naman sa larangan ng pagkita bilang Bong Revilla, siguro naman po I am one of the highest paid actors, hindi naman sa pagmamayabang,” said Revilla. “Sa pamamagitan nitong parade, makikita ng taumbayan kung saan napupunta ang mga kinikita ko bilang Panday at Agimat.”
The design of Revilla’s float will feature fantasy elements plucked from his real life as well as those from his previous films.
“Mas prominent ang gagamitin naming fantasy elements na hango sa buhay ni Bong, tulad ng migraine, cough, colds, hypertension at innocence,” said Lando Temio, the float’s lead designer. “Pero syempre hindi mawawala ang iconic na ulo ng baboy, limpak-limpak na play money atsaka props ng kagamitan na makikita sa loob ng kulungan.“
The song that will be played during the parade will be Revilla’s own Salamat Kaibigan.
The camp of Revilla was ecstatic that the Sandiganbayan granted them this special request, especially now that the Yuletide season has begun.
“Inaasahan nga niya na siya ay papayagan without any condition or limitations for Christmas. He had very high hopes na makakadalo talaga siya sa Parade of Stars bago mag-Pasko,” said one of Revilla’s legal counsel. “Right now, hindi pa napag-uusapan kung hihingi ng furlough. It maybe considered but kung hindi naman the senator and family will just cherish the moment they have while on top of that air-conditioned float.“
“Salamat at pinayagan kami,” Revilla said. “Hindi kasi ako sanay na hindi magbigay kasiyahan sa mga taumbayan at kumita ng pagkarami-raming salapi, SA TAKILYA AH, lalong-lalo na sa araw ng pasko.“
Senator Jinggoy Estrada is reportedly going to file a similar motion at the Sandiganbayan any time soon.