HIGHLIGHTS: Bong Revilla speech on 'pork' charges
MANILA, Philippines – It's his turn. Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr delivered a privilege speech Monday, January 20 on his alleged links to the pork barrel scam.
Revilla is one of three Senators facing plunder complaints for allegedly siphoning off their priority development assistance funds (PDAF) to fake non-governmental organizations of supposed mastermind Janet Lim Napoles in exchange for commissions. The other two, Senator Jinggoy Estrada and Senate minority leader Juan Ponce Enrile already gave their privilege speeches. (READ: Enrile to Ombudsman: PDAF charges baseless, urban legend and Jinggoy: 'Pork' charges ploy vs opposition for 2016)
The actor-turned-politician is accused of earning the most kickbacks from the PDAF amounting to P224.51 million supposedly plundered over a 5-year period dating back to 2006.
Revilla admitted to personally knowing Napoles but denied the charges against him. He also welcomed Napoles' Senate testimony saying it's "high-time" she told the truth in order for those truly guilty to be punished.
The controversy is arguably the biggest challenge Revilla faced in his political career. (READ: Bong Revilla's biggest battle)
Watch Revilla's speech.