‘Pakisauli po ang milyones’: Netizens burn Lani Mercado Revilla over GMRC tweet

‘Pakisauli po ang milyones’: Netizens burn Lani Mercado Revilla over GMRC tweet
When senator-elect Bong Revilla's wife tweeted demanding Good Manners and Right Conduct and respect toward her husband, she didn't know what was coming

MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos online fired back at Lani Mercado Revilla after she invoked “GMRC” or Good Manners and Right Conduct in a tweet, saying people commenting on issues involving her husband didn’t need to be mean. 

She is married to returning senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr, whom the Sandiganbayan acquitted of plunder over the pork barrel scam despite records of the Anti-Money Laundering Council showing that alleged kickbacks matched the amounts deposited in the bank accounts of family members always within 30 days of their release. (WATCH: How Revilla got away from the plunder charge)

The Office of the Ombudsman has appealed the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan to order Revilla to return P124 million to public coffers. He is still facing graft charges in relation to the misuse of his Priority Development Assistance Fund when he was senator. (READ: ‘How to get away with plunder’: Netizens blast Revilla’s acquittal with memes)

Lani, who is the mayor of Bacoor City in Cavite, said in her tweet that people “don’t have to be mean just to get attention.”

Twitter user @lexiconary questioned Lani’s request, reminding her that her husband, Bong Revilla, had been accused of pocketing millions of public funds.

Twitter user @deanneypangan squirmed at Lani’s audacity to talk about GMRC when her husband did not even “have the morale to stop from running for senator after stealing.” (READ: 3 ex-senators charged in pork barrel scam running in 2019)

Revilla, an actor-turned-politician, ranked 11th in the midterm polls, with 14,624,445 votes. (READ: TIMELINE: Bong Revilla’s plunder case and the pork barrel scam)

In an interview with PEP.ph, Lani defended her husband from critics and lamented the bashing he had been getting both online and in showbiz.

Alam mo, nasasaktan ako. Siyempre, hindi naman lahat ng taga-industriya, kumbaga, nagsasabi ng masasakit na salita laban sa amin,” she said. (You know, I get hurt. Of course, not everyone from the industry speaks ill about us.)

Return the money

When Revilla was cleared by the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan in December 2018, he was ordered to return P124 million to the Philippine treasury. Yet, he insisted he had nothing to return.

Twitter user @WanderlustWeng said that part of good manners is “returning what is not righfully yours.”

Addressing Revilla’s wife, she said that once the money is returned, Lani is welcome to tweet about morals again.

Respect is earned

While Lani asked for respect from people, netizens told her that respect is earned and not demanded.

Twitter user @abbeyygl said that the Revillas do not have the right to ask for respect when they were the first to set it aside.

Other netizens asked the Revillas to take heed of people’s clamor: “Return what you stole.”

Here are some of the tweets:


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