Bong Revilla's wife shares his 'phobia' of getting caught using cell phone

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Former Senator Bong Revilla's cell phone was confiscated — hours after he posted this selfie on Facebook from his jail cell. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 8) — Former Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. is experiencing a "period of adjustment" after finally walking free from jail following his acquittal for plunder.

This is according to his wife, Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla, who recalled on Saturday a moment when her husband suddenly felt the urge to hide his phone when he saw a closed-circuit television camera in their house Friday night. She said Revilla found it funny that he thought using a phone is still prohibited.

She also shared this anecdote with the media Friday night, shortly after coming home to Cavite from Camp Crame, where Revilla was detained in 2014 on plunder and graft charges. The Sandiganbayan acquitted him of plunder and accepted his P480, 000 bail for graft, granting him temporary liberty.

READ: Acquitted of plunder, Bong Revilla out on bail on graft charges

"So nahawakan na niya finally ang cellphone. Para siyang meron pang phobia 'pag may hawak siyang phone, natatakot siya baka merong may mag bawal sa kanya," Mercado-Revilla said, laughing.

[Translation: "So he finally got hold of his cellphone. He seems to have a phobia when he holds his phone. He's scared that someone might prohibit him."]

It can be recalled that Revilla's cell phone was confiscated in June hours after he posted a selfie on Facebook from his jail cell. The actor-turned-lawmaker, who is accused of conspiring with businesswoman Janet Napoles in the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam, posted a photo of himself then to mark his fourth year in detention.

READ: Police confiscate Bong Revilla's phone after jail selfie  

The Sandiganbayan convicted Napoles and Revilla's staff Richard Cambe, saying it is "morally certain" that they conspired to commit plunder. Meanwhile, it said there is "not a single direct evidence" that proved that Revilla pocketed millions of pesos from his Priority Development Assistance Fund, also known as pork barrel, or funds set aside for lawmakers' projects.

First day out on bail

Revilla shared on his Facebook page on Saturday his first breakfast with his family as a free man.

"Matapos ang 4 na taon, nakasama ko na rin silang mag-breakfast ulit sa aming tahanan! Ang bawat sandali kasama sila ang nagbibigay-inspirasyon sa akin para mabuhay, maglingkod at magmahal," Revilla said in the caption.

[Translation: After four years, I finally joined them for breakfast at home. Every moment being with them inspires me to live, serve and love.]

 

Revilla, along with his wife and children, visited the mausoleum of his late mother, staying there for around 10 minutes.

Mercado-Revilla said her husband wants to prioritize time with his family ahead of the campaign period for the 2019 elections.

Revilla is eyeing a Senate comeback, along with former Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile, his fellow co-accused in the pork barrel scam. They are all out on bail.

READ: Jinggoy Estrada hopes for acquittal by February 2019

CNN Philippines' Makoi Popioco contributed to this report.