Hugpong ng Pagbabago adds Bong Revilla to Davao Senate slate

Pia Ranada
The plunder defendant and ex-senator is the 14th name in the regional party's Senate slate

RUNNING FOR SENATOR. Former senator Bong Revilla arrives at the Sandiganbayan on August 7, 2018, to attend his plunder trial. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Davao regional party Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) added former senator and plunder defendant Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr to the Senate slate for their region.

Their Davao slate now has 14 names from the initial 13. This slate is one of two. HNP has a second shorter list of senatorial bets which it is endorsing as part of its alliance with 3 national political parties. (READ: Why Davao’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago has 2 Senate slates for 2019)

Revilla was added at the last minute because HNP leaders were initially informed by former presidential spokesperson Harry Roque that he would drop his Senate bid and run for party-list representative instead under Luntiang Pilipinas.

“He initially said he will run for party-list so we accommodated Revilla and then Secretary Roque came back to say he filed for senator,” Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio, chairperson of HNP, told Rappler in a message.

HNP’s Davao slate is as follows:

  • Senator Cynthia Villar
  • Taguig Representative Pia Cayetano
  • Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos
  • Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque
  • Presidential political adviser Francis Tolentino
  • Bureau of Corrections chief Ronald dela Rosa
  • Special Assistant to the President Bong Go
  • Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito
  • Former senator Jinggoy Estrada
  • Senator Sonny Angara
  • Senator Aquilino Pimentel III
  • Maguindanao 2nd District Representative Zajid Mangudadatu
  • Reporter Jiggy Manicad
  • Former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr

(Note: On February 1, or after this story was published, Roque withdrew his senatorial bid, bringing down the number of names in HNP’s Davao slate to 13.)

Revilla is in jail for one count of plunder and 16 counts of graft.

He is accused of allegedly receiving P224.5 million in kickbacks from his pork barrel. The case has been submitted for decision at the Sandiganbayan 1st Division with a judgment likely to come before the year ends or in early 2019.

Revilla’s wife, Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado Revilla, filed his certificate of candidacy on his behalf on Wednesday, October 17, at the Commission on Elections headquarters in Intramuros, Manila. – Rappler.com

Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.