Bong Revilla might get a TV comeback – and people aren’t having it

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Bong Revilla might get a TV comeback – and people aren’t having it

Angie de Silva

Should Bong Revilla make a TV comeback in the first place?

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr’s reported return to GMA-7 has sparked outrage on social media, with some questioning the media network why they’re allowing the senator – who was jailed for but later acquitted of plunder – to return to television.

Former Apo Hiking Society member and staunch administration critic Jim Paredes was one of the first to comment, saying that the airwaves belong to the Filipino people. In a now deleted post, he also said that GMA can do better than bring Revilla back to television. 


Pep earlier reported that Revilla would make a comeback in GMA-7 through a children’s show. He last appeared on Kap’s Amazing Stories in 2014. He was arrested the same year.

Later, reports emerged that he would guest on The Gift, which stars Alden Richards. The hashtag #NoToBongRevillaOnTheGift then trended on Tuesday, November 12.

Spoken word artist Juan Miguel Severo took to Twitter to question GMA-7’s decision. 

“Lol. Alden is a decent guy. GMA better not subject him to the certainly unpleasant experience of working with a plunderer. Malalang backlash ba ang hanap ninyo? (Do you want a huge backlash?)”


“Why is giving Bong Revilla a job even an option for you, [GMA]??? Serbisyong Totoo kamo sa news, pero sa entertainment arm ninyo enabler kayo ng magnanakaw at bibigyan ninyo pa ng mas malaking social capital para sa susunod na eleksyon??? Stick with memeable camp!” he said. 

(Your news department goes by the motto ‘Truthful Service’ but the entertainment arm enables a thief and you’re giving him an even bigger social capital for the next election?)


Several of Alden’s fans also helped make the hashtag trend – they also said Revilla’s rumored guesting was not true, citing the show’s director himself.

User @fauulky said, “Pinatrend namin itong #NoToBongRevillaOnTheGift Kahapon saka sinabi narin po nung director na not true. Rumor o hndi ayaw nmin kay BR.” (We made this #NoToBongRevillaOnTheGift trend yesterday. The director already said it’s not true. Rumor or not, we don’t like BR.)


User @amvillena tweeted, “He has not obeyed the order of the court for him to return the money he plundered. So why are you even giving him a show, [GMA Network]?”


Here’s a few more reactions from Alden’s followers: 


Revilla had been accused of allocating his pork barrel to bogus nongovernmental organizations linked to so-called scam mastermind Janet Napoles. The senator allegedly earned P224.5 million in kickbacks. (TIMELINE: Bong Revilla’s plunder case and the pork barrel scam)

Revilla, along with then senators Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile, faced plunder charges, which they all denied. (READ: Pork Tales: A story of corruption)

In December 2018, anti-graft court Sandiganbayan acquitted Revilla of plunder after 4 years in detention. The court told Revilla to return P124.5 million to the Philippine treasury. He has not done so

Revilla won a fresh Senate seat in the 2019 elections. –

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