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Lakas-CMD contender: Bong Revilla eyes Senate comeback

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Detained former Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. will run for senator in next year’s elections.

Lakas Christian-Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) president and former Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez made the announcement on Friday in behalf of Revilla who is currently detained pending a trial on alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.

“I am pleased and honored to officially announce the candidacy for the Senate of Sen. Bong Revilla Jr., our party chairman,” said Romuladez.

Despite being marred with corruption allegations, Romualdez said Revilla was still “one of the most qualified senatorial aspirants” and his passion and dedication to serve the people “will bring positive change and help improve the country’s good governance, policies, and lawmaking process.”

“Sen. Bong’s integrity and honesty will make him a strong candidate for the Senate. With the people and God’s help, the Lakas-CMD is looking forward to his victory in next year’s midterm poll,” said Romualdez.

In a separate written statement, Revilla said his formal return to politics was a family decision and has a blessing of his 91-year old father, former Senator Ramon Revilla Sr.

Revilla said he made up his decision to run again for Senate last September 25 after the visit of his partymates from Lakas. Revilla is the current chairman of the once powerful Lakas-CMD.

The former senator was arrested and detained since June 2014 over to his alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.

The senator allegedly pocketed P224-million worth of kickbacks by channeling his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocations to the bogus non-government organizations controlled by businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the Pork Barrel scam.