Netizens, a singing Bong Revilla and #BongPanes

Rappler Social Media Team
Senator Bong Revilla, charged with plunder, sings his blues away at the Senate. Netizens react.

MANILA, Philippines – He spoke, he sang, and he drove them crazy.


Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr on Monday, June 9, delivered a privilege speech that promised a list – which turned out to be not the “pork” list we’re all familiar with – and ended with a music video featuring himself and his voice. 

Netizens reacted all at once with amusement, anger and disbelief. (READ AND WATCH: Revilla privilege speech turns into a show)

Revilla delivered the melodramatic speech barely 3 days after he and two fellow senators were charged with plunder before the Sandiganbayan for allegedly pocketing millions of taxpayers’ money meant for development projects. (READ: Bong Revilla’s biggest battle)

On the day of his speech, in fact, the Ombudsman filed separate graft charges against him before the Sandiganbayan. In this particular case, Revilla stands accused of misusing more than P500 million in public funds. 

Without addressing the corruption issues hurled against him, the former action star and presidential wannabe blamed President Benigno Aquino III for jailing opposition leaders like him and took the opportunity to rally his friends and supporters behind his call for the President to lead the country “not with hatred but with love.”

Then he said, in Filipino: “I have a request. I have an original song. I hope you like it.”

He showed an AVP of himself. And sang.

Watch it below.

Netizens took to social media to express their amusement and rage. Samples below:

How did his privilege speech make you feel? –

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