The issue about the pork barrel scam was able to put to detention two of this country’s senators namely Sen. Jinggoy Estrada and Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. Both of them are movie actors and they are together in the Custodial Center of the Philippine National Police in Camp Crame. Before the entry of the two senators in detention, there were so many things that happened and by merely comparing about the approaches of the two senators on the issue, we can see differences. Let us look at them.
Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.
When the arrest warrant was served to Revilla, his supporters went to his house to show their support and sympathy to him. Some even gave their testimony on the things that Revilla did to them. Revilla surrendered to the Sandiganbayan and was accompanied by family members with a bible verse printed on his shirt. He was charged of allegedly pocketing P242 million from PDAF which was allegedly a kickback from businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.
There was screaming of Revilla’s supporters and fans on the street while he was walking. There were reports describing the detention cell where Revilla was put to be infested by rat and cockroaches aside from the high temperature that was said to have made Revilla suffer from migraine. Estrada was thinking of running for 2016 election while on cell.
Sen. Jinggoy Estrada
If there was screaming of fans and supporters of Estrada’s best friend Revilla on the street, it was completely different for Estrada. Jinggoy preferred to surrender in silence. He said that he will not wait for the time the arrest warrant will be released since he already had a plan of surrendering and he did this through his father, Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada.
Estrada was charged of allegedly pocketing P183 million from PDAF. What Estrada wants now is “fair trial”. He even expressed through a television interview that he is worried and unprepared of going to jail talking about his family. He knew exactly how does it feels to be in jail because he already experienced it a few years ago with his father, former president Joseph Ejercito Estrada. Estrada unlike Revilla is not talking about anything concerning the 2016 election.
The issue about Revilla and Estrada’s entry to detention is still hot at this moment. Let us see what will be the result of the trials of their cases.