Jolo Revilla on gunshot: It was a simple accident

MANILA, Philippines – Over a month after Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla accidentally shot himself in the chest, he finally spoke about why it happened. 

In an interview with Startalk on April 11, he said, “I’m still recuperating dahil siyempre hindi biru-biro yung aksidenteng nangyari sa akin. It was a simple, pure accident, and God saved my life.”

(I'm still recuperating because what happened to me was something serious. It was a simple, pure accident, and God saved my life.)

Jolo, who's been back in office since March 28, also slammed speculations about a suicide attempt, and addressed rumors about struggles with his relationship with girlfriend and actress Jodi Sta. Maria. 

Eto nga yung masama eh, hinahaluan pa ng (suicide daw)bakit ko naman gagawin yun, diba? Ang pamilya ko nandiyan, sa love life ko, nandiyan naman si Jodi. Wala kaming problema ni Jodi. Una, araw-araw siyang nasa ospital. Ikalawa, kahit na may trabaho siya, talagang pinipilit pa rin niyang pumunta so what for? Ba’t sinasabi nila pati love life [nagkakaproblema]? I’m really happy right now.”

(This is the terrible thing, the incident had to be mixed with suicide speculations – why would I do that? My family is there. In my love life, Jodi is present. She and I have no problems. First, she visited me at the hospital every day. Second, even if she's busy at work, she still came to visit me, so what for? Why would people say that even my love life is problematic? I'm really happy right now.)

On dad Bong Revilla

Jolo also said that having his dad, Senator Bong Revilla, by his side was a wish come true. He added: “Bilang anak, iba yun eh. Yun yung mahihiling mo na, ‘Sana makita ko yung tatay kodahil hindi ko alam eh. Mabubuhay pa ba ako?” 

(As a son, it's different. It's something you ask for. 'I hope to see my dad,' because at that time I didn't know. Would I still be alive [to see him?])

Senator Bong, who is currently detained in Camp Crame for his involvement in the pork barrel scam, was allowed to visit Jolo on March 3. A photograph captured the moment shared by father and son.

In a separate interview with Startalk, Cavite Congresswoman and Jolo’s mother Lani Mercado also said that Bong’s presence at the hospital sped up Jolo’s recovery. “Alam mo, doon ko nakita yung bond nila between a father and a son, as in makita mo na bumilis 'yung recovery niya.” (READ: Lani Mercado on Jolo Revilla, Jodi Sta Maria)

(You know, I saw the bond between a father and a son in that incident, and you can really see that his recovery sped up.)

Post-incident plans

According to Lani, Jolo will be flying to the United States on April 15 for a medical check-up, saying, “He has plans of leaving for a while kasi (because) he has to have some medical check-ups sa (in the) United States, but for his migraine naman so 'yun (so there).” 

Jolo also said that the family has had a more solid bond since the incident, and that his relationship with Jodi is stronger than ever. “Sa amin naman ni Jodi, no questions asked. Mas lalong tumatag, mas lalong tumibay.”

(For Jodi and I, no questions asked. More stable and strong.) –