(SPOT.ph) President Rodrigo Duterte's recent call to reinstate capital punishment during his fourth State of the Nation Address had a lot of people talking—as expected. Arguments, opinions, and plans of action are being thrown around from all sides, but no statement so far has been as eyebrow-raising (read: WTF?) as Senator Bong Revilla's recent one: the senator has expressed his "personal support" for the death penalty on crimes related to illegal drugs and yes, plunder.
"I personally support the President's call to reinstate capital punishment for offenses related to drugs and plunder," said Senator Revilla in a report by ABS-CBN news. "Dagdagan ko lang na dapat may parusa rin na kamatayan for those who falsely and maliciously accuse others of these offenses," he added.
This is the same senator who was charged with plunder in 2014—at the height of the mess known as the Pork Barrel Scam—together with alleged mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles. Revilla was accused of amassing P242 million worth of kickback from Napoles' schemes.
Revilla eventually walked free in December of 2018 after the Sandiganbayan acquitted him of the charges—but not before demanding that the senator return P224 million to the country, in a move that confused pretty much everybody. Revilla denied this responsibility a few months later in May 2019, in another move that only made people even more confused.
Just a few days after the denial, the senator's wife, Lani Mercado-Revilla also raised some eyebrows when she tried to school the Internet on "Good Manners and Right Conduct," resulting in plenty of online backlash. It's only good manners to return something that doesn't belong to you.
Main image from Ramon Bong Revilla, Jr. Facebook Page.
this strange new world.