By Leslie Ann Aquino
Detained former senator Bong Revilla is seeking a return in the Senate in the May 2019 midterm polls.
Revilla filed his certificate of candidacy through his wife actress Lani Mercado.
Bacoor Mayor Lani Mercado (center) files husband Bong Revilla's certificate of candidacy
(MARJORIE SIA / MANILA BULLETIN)
Bacoor Mayor Mercado read the prepared statement of her husband to the media after filing his COC.
“After thorough discernment, consultation with families and friends and supporters, I have come to a decision to again run in the elections next year in order to be part of the government in finding solutions to the problems of the nation,” she said quoting Revilla.
When asked if they think the issue on the pork barrel scam would affect her husband’s candidacy, Mercado said they believe that the forthcoming ruling of the Sandiganbayan would help clean his name.
Mercado said they expect the court to rule on his case sometime in December and hope the decision would be a favorable one.
“We are all praying as a family that the decision will be a favorable one,” she said.
But Mercado said their family is ready to campaign for the actor-politician in the event he remains in detention.
Revilla is running under the Lakas CMD party.