|Preceded by Epimaco Velasco|
Political party Lakas-CMD
Spouse Lani Mercado (m. 1986)
|Preceded by Danilo Lara|
Succeeded by Erineo Maliksi
Name Bong Revilla
|Succeeded by Juanito Victor C. Remulla|
Born September 25, 1966 (age 49) Manila, Philippines (1966-09-25)
Parents Ramon Revilla, Sr., Azucena Mortel Bautista
Education Fairfax High School (1982), Jesus Good Shepherd School (1979)
Movies and TV shows Indio, Alyas Pogi: Ang Pagbabalik, Ang Panday, Pepeng Agimat, Ang Panday 2
Similar People Ramon Revilla - Sr, Jinggoy Estrada, Lani Mercado, Jolo Revilla, Juan Ponce Enrile
Full name Ramon Bong Revilla, Jr.
Bong Revilla dances after Senate victory | ANC
Ramón Bong Revilla Jr. ( born José Marie Mortel Bautista on September 25, 1966), also known as Bong Revilla, is a Filipino actor, television presenter, politician, and Senator of Philippines. In 2009, he legally changed his surname to Bong Revilla.
- Bong Revilla dances after Senate victory | ANC
- Early life and education
- Acting career
- Vice Governor and Governor of Cavite
- Chairman of the Videogram Regulatory Board
- Potential Presidential bid and involvement in Pork Barrel Scam
- Personal life
- 2013 Personal film crisis
Revilla was first elected to the Senate in 2004, succeeding his father. He successfully ran for a second term and topped the senatorial race in 2010. His alleged involvement in the Napoles pork barrel scam led the Sandiganbayan to issue an arrest warrant against him and other co-accused on June 20, 2014. Within hours, Revilla surrendered before the anti-graft court. He is detained at Camp Crame.
Early life and education
He was born José Marie to José Acuña Bautista (also known as Ramón Revilla) and Azucena Mortel. In 1979, he finished his elementary education at Jesus Good Shepherd School in Palico II, Imus, Cavite. He finished his secondary education at Fairfax High School (Los Angeles) at Los Angeles, California, United States in 1982.
He starred in numerous action movies during the 1980s and the 1990s. He also starred in a few movies alongside his father, Ramón Sr., a memorable one being the Viva Films' blockbuster film Dugong Buhay which was also remade for television in 2013. He has been involved in a number of comedy films and television shows with GMA-7.
As a native of Cavite, he made several films focused on his home province.
Vice-Governor and Governor of Cavite
He was invited by former NBI director Epimaco Velasco to be his running mate as vice governor of Cavite. In the 1995 local elections, Velasco and Revilla won as governor and vice governor, beating the tandem of Remulla and Lara.
In February 1998, Velasco resigned as governor of Cavite when he was appointed as secretary of Interior and Local Government replacing then Senatorial candidate Robert Barbers. Revilla assumed as the chief executive of the province.
In the May 1998 local elections, he won a full term for the position of governor.
In his May 2001 reelection bid for governor, he was trounced by then Representative Ayong S. Maliksi by a wide margin.
He returned to his acting career and became a TV actor in GMA-7's sitcom Idol ko si Kap.
Chairman of the Videogram Regulatory Board
In 2002, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo appointed Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. as Chairman of the Videogram Regulatory Board (now Optical Media Board). He was given a Plaque of International Recognition for Efforts Against Piracy by the Motion Picture Association of America on July 23, 2003 and the Huwarang Lingkod Bayan Award by the Consumers League of the Philippines Foundation, Inc. on October 25, 2003.
In February 2004, Ramon "Bong" Bong Revilla Jr. resigned as Chairman of the VRB and recommended Eduardo "Edu" Manzano as his replacement. His father, Ramon Revilla, ended his term as senator on June 30, 2004. Revilla Sr. was elected senator in 1992, reelected in 1998, and could not run for third term according to the 1987 Philippine Constitution. Ramon "Bong" Bong Revilla Jr. ran for the position of Senator under the administration K-4 coalition. He won and received the second highest number of votes from the national electorate.
Potential Presidential bid and involvement in Pork Barrel Scam
Despite of weakness of Lakas party due to arrest of Rep. Gloria Arroyo, Revilla assumed the new Chairman of the party replacing Arroyo, and is to potentially run as standard bearer of the party in the 2016 Presidential Elections. On the election day, May 13, 2013, the Cavite PNP and the National Bureau of Investigation raided the house of Revilla, according to Revilla he was harassed by the group of Sen. Panfilo Lacson and former Gov. Ayong Maliksi. He denied he owns the high caliber firearms, which were confiscated on his home. After 2013 elections, he was allegedly involved in the pork barrel scam, along with then Senate Pres. Juan Ponce Enrile, and Senator Jinggoy Estrada, contributing to Janet Lim-Napoles alleged bogus foundations. On January 20, 2014, in his privilege speech to the Senate, he criticizes the Aquino administration. He revealed he was talked by the President along with then DOTC Sec. Mar Roxas and Budget Sec. Florencio "Butch" Abad to convince him to convict the Chief Justice, Renato Corona He also lambast the President, due has frequently been criticized by Aquino, as he is allied with Aquino's primary enemy, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
On June 9, 2014, Revilla delivered a second privilege speech entitled "Salamat, Kaibigan", as charges were filed against him at the Sandiganbayan. On June 20, the Sandiganbayan issues a warrant of arrest against Revilla and more than 30 others. Revilla proceeded to Sandiganbayan to surrender, and he chose to be detained at PNP custodial center at Camp Crame. Revilla's bank accounts have been frozen as a consequence of the alleged involvement in the scam.
Ramon "Bong" Bong Revilla Jr. married Lani Mercado (Jesusa Victoria Hernandez-Bautista) current representative of the 2nd District of Cavite, which comprises only Bacoor City, in 1987 in a civil wedding. They have six children namely: Leonard Bryan Bautista (born in November 1986), Jose Lorenzo Bautista (Ramon "Jolo" Revilla III, born in March 1988) current Vice Governor of Cavite, Inah Felicia Bautista-Del Rosario (born in October 1989) married to Vince del Rosario, Ma. Viktoria Gianna Bautista (born in August 1995), Ma. Franzel Loudette Bautista (born in October 1997) and Ramon Vicente "Ramboy/RV" Bautista (born December 1998).
In the Philippine Centennial celebrations, Ramon "Bong" Bong Revilla Jr. portrayed General Emilio Aguinaldo. To highlight the celebrations, he and Lani remarried in a church wedding using the same costume they used in the centennial program.
Ramon "Bong" Bong Revilla Jr. is one of many children of former Philippines senator Ramon Revilla Sr. He is the older brother of Strike Revilla, the incumbent mayor of their hometown of Bacoor, Cavite and his sister Andrea Bautista-Ynares is currently married to Rizal Governor Casimiro "Jun" Ynares III. His younger half-brother Ram Revilla, also an actor, was recently murdered in his home, and declared dead in the early hours of October 29, 2011. He was 22.
2013 Personal film crisis
After his successful TV series Indio as his first drama show, he was supposed to make a movie adaptation of the said show which unfortunately was shelved and replaced as "My Super Kap". It was eventually scrapped-out due to casting problems.
His other project Ang Sugo: The Last Messenger was left out due to his personal involvement in the pork barrel scam issue.