Press Release
May 17, 2010


Newly proclaimed senator Ramon Bong Revilla, Jr. of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD vowed to support the administration of winning presidential bet Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, and called for unity among their ranks days after the country's first nationwide automated polls. Bong Revilla said winning candidates should go beyond political lines and rally behind Aquino.

"Siya ang hinalal ng sambayanan. Siya ang pinagkatiwalaan. Mapa-oposisyon, mapa-administrasyon, dapat suportahan sya. Ang nakataya rito ang kinabukasan ng ating sambayanan (He's the one elected by the people. He's the one they put their trust on. Whether you're with the opposition or administration, you should support him. Our nation's future hinges on this)," he said.

In the same vein, Bong Revilla appealed to Aquino, the President-apparent, to also strive in forging national consensus and healing. "Noynoy, like his mother President Cory, has been given a very rare opportunity to unify the country. He must take this opportunity so that he can leave a lasting legacy."

Citing the present controversy surrounding Justice Renato Corona's appointment as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court as an example, Bong Revilla urged Senator Aquino to reconsider his position not to recognize the appointment.

"I understand Senator Aquino's position, but the Supreme Court has already ruled on the matter, and, being the final arbiter of all judicial controversies, the Court, a co-equal branch of government, must be respected. To do otherwise would simply divide the nation further," the Senator-elect stressed.

Bong Revilla, who finished first in the senatorial race, likewise said politicians should stop bickering and focus on the work ahead. "At this point in time, dapat siguro walang oposisyon, walang administrasyon. Kung tayo mag aaway-away, walang mangyayari. Bigyan natin ng bagong bukas ang ating bansa (At this point in time, let's set aside opposition-administration distinctions. If we bicker, we won't go anywhere. Let's give our nation a fresh start)," he said.

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