Revilla hits TV comeback critics: Haters gonna hate

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FILE PHOTO. Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 15) — Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. took a swipe at his critics Friday, as he defended his much-criticized television comeback.

"Haters are going to hate, and bashers are going to bash,” Revilla said in a statement.

“The truth is out there and it is their choice to side with lies and falsehood. Sino ang may problema? (Who has a problem?) Not me,” he added.

The senator pointed out that being a celebrity is a reputable job and not against the law.

Echoing the statement of his colleague Senator Bato dela Rosa on the issue, Revilla said he knows his priority as a legislator and that he “will always put my commitment to the Filipino people first.”

"I am first and foremost a legislator. I know my mandate,” he said.

The senator, then, cited some of the bills and resolutions he has filed during his previous and current term at the higher chamber.

"Records will bear how I fulfilled my mandate in my previous terms, and the almost six months of my work in senate now will speak for itself,” he said.

Revilla was reportedly set to return to TV through a child-oriented program on GMA 7. In addition to this, reports said the senator will be a guest on “The Gift,” a drama series that is being shown on the same network.

This drew the ire of some people, including even some of his colleagues in the entertainment industry.

Revilla was last seen on “Kap’s Amazing Stories” in 2014 before he was arrested for supposedly diverting portions of his Priority Development Assistance Fund to fake non-governmental organizations, in exchange for kickbacks.

In December last year, he was acquitted of plunder, but was ordered by the prosecution to pay ₱124.5 million to the government. He is still facing 16 other counts of graft.

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Revilla made a political comeback in May after clinching the 11th spot in the senatorial elections.