Bong Revilla

This name uses Philippine naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Mortel and the second or paternal family name is Bautista.
The Honorable
Bong Revilla
Senator of the Philippines
In office
June 30, 2004  June 30, 2016
Governor of Cavite
In office
February 6, 1998  June 30, 2001
Preceded by Epimaco Velasco
Succeeded by Erineo Maliksi
Vice Governor of Cavite
In office
June 30, 1995  February 6, 1998
Preceded by Danilo Lara
Succeeded by Juanito Victor C. Remulla
Personal details
Born (1966-09-25) September 25, 1966
Manila, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Political party Lakas-CMD
Spouse(s) Lani Mercado (Jesusa Victoria H. Bautista)
Residence Bacoor, Cavite
Occupation actor, TV host, politician
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website Official website

Ramón Bong Revilla Jr. (born José Marie Mortel Bautista on September 25, 1966[1][2]), also known as Bong Revilla, is a Filipino actor, television presenter, politician, and Senator of Philippines. In 2009, he legally changed his surname to Bong Revilla.[2]

Revilla was first elected to the Senate in 2004, succeeding his father. He successfully ran for a second term and topped the senatorial race in 2010. His alleged involvement in the Napoles pork barrel scam led the Sandiganbayan to issue an arrest warrant against him and other co-accused on June 20, 2014. Within hours, Revilla surrendered before the anti-graft court.[3] He is detained at Camp Crame.

Early life and education

He was born José Marie to José Acuña Bautista (also known as Ramón Revilla) and Azucena Mortel.[4] In 1979, he finished his elementary education at Jesus Good Shepherd School in Palico II, Imus, Cavite. He finished his secondary education at Fairfax High School (Los Angeles) at Los Angeles, California, United States in 1982.

Acting career

He starred in numerous action movies during the 1980s and the 1990s. He also starred in a few movies alongside his father, Ramón Sr., a memorable one being the Viva Films' blockbuster film Dugong Buhay which was also remade for television in 2013. He has been involved in a number of comedy films and television shows with GMA-7.

As a native of Cavite, he made several films focused on his home province.

Political career

Vice-Governor and Governor of Cavite

He was invited by former NBI director Epimaco Velasco to be his running mate as vice governor of Cavite. In the 1995 local elections, Velasco and Revilla won as governor and vice governor, beating the tandem of Remulla and Lara.

In February 1998, Velasco resigned as governor of Cavite when he was appointed as secretary of Interior and Local Government replacing then Senatorial candidate Robert Barbers. Revilla assumed as the chief executive of the province.

In the May 1998 local elections, he won a full term for the position of governor.

In his May 2001 reelection bid for governor, he was trounced by then Representative Ayong S. Maliksi by a wide margin.

He returned to his acting career and became a TV actor in GMA-7's sitcom Idol ko si Kap.

Chairman of the Videogram Regulatory Board

In 2002, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo appointed Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. as Chairman of the Videogram Regulatory Board (now Optical Media Board). He was given a Plaque of International Recognition for Efforts Against Piracy by the Motion Picture Association of America on July 23, 2003 and the Huwarang Lingkod Bayan Award by the Consumers League of the Philippines Foundation, Inc. on October 25, 2003.


In February 2004, Ramon "Bong" Bong Revilla Jr. resigned as Chairman of the VRB and recommended Eduardo "Edu" Manzano as his replacement. His father, Ramon Revilla, ended his term as senator on June 30, 2004. Revilla Sr. was elected senator in 1992, reelected in 1998, and could not run for third term according to the 1987 Philippine Constitution. Ramon "Bong" Bong Revilla Jr. ran for the position of Senator under the administration K-4 coalition. He won and received the second highest number of votes from the national electorate.

Potential Presidential bid and involvement in Pork Barrel Scam

with Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada after the Revilla's speech Salamat, Kaibigan on June 9, 2014

Despite of weakness of Lakas party due to arrest of Rep. Gloria Arroyo, Revilla assumed the new Chairman of the party replacing Arroyo, and is to potentially run as standard bearer of the party in the 2016 Presidential Elections.[5] On the election day, May 13, 2013, the Cavite PNP and the National Bureau of Investigation raided the house of Revilla, according to Revilla he was harassed by the group of Sen. Panfilo Lacson and former Gov. Ayong Maliksi. He denied he owns the high caliber firearms, which were confiscated on his home.[6] After 2013 elections, he was allegedly involved in the pork barrel scam, along with then Senate Pres. Juan Ponce Enrile, and Senator Jinggoy Estrada, contributing to Janet Lim-Napoles alleged bogus foundations. On January 20, 2014, in his privilege speech to the Senate, he criticizes the Aquino administration. He revealed he was talked by the President along with then DOTC Sec. Mar Roxas and Budget Sec. Florencio "Butch" Abad to convince him to convict the Chief Justice, Renato Corona[7] He also lambast the President, due has frequently been criticized by Aquino, as he is allied with Aquino's primary enemy, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

On June 9, 2014, Revilla delivered a second privilege speech entitled "Salamat, Kaibigan", as charges were filed against him at the Sandiganbayan. On June 20, the Sandiganbayan issues a warrant of arrest against Revilla and more than 30 others. Revilla proceeded to Sandiganbayan to surrender, and he chose to be detained at PNP custodial center at Camp Crame.[8] Revilla's bank accounts have been frozen as a consequence of the alleged involvement in the scam.[9]

Personal life

Ramon "Bong" Bong Revilla Jr. married Lani Mercado (Jesusa Victoria Hernandez-Bautista) current representative of the 2nd District of Cavite, which comprises only Bacoor City, in 1987 in a civil wedding. They have six children namely: Leonard Bryan Bautista (born in November 1986), Jose Lorenzo Bautista (Ramon "Jolo" Revilla III, born in March 1988) current Vice Governor of Cavite, Inah Felicia Bautista-Del Rosario (born in October 1989) married to Vince del Rosario, Ma. Viktoria Gianna Bautista (born in August 1995), Ma. Franzel Loudette Bautista (born in October 1997) and Ramon Vicente "Ramboy/RV" Bautista (born December 1998).

In the Philippine Centennial celebrations, Ramon "Bong" Bong Revilla Jr. portrayed General Emilio Aguinaldo. To highlight the celebrations, he and Lani remarried in a church wedding using the same costume they used in the centennial program.

Ramon "Bong" Bong Revilla Jr. is one of many children of former Philippines senator Ramon Revilla Sr. He is the older brother of Strike Revilla, the incumbent mayor of their hometown of Bacoor, Cavite and his sister Andrea Bautista-Ynares is currently married to Rizal Governor Casimiro "Jun" Ynares III. His younger half-brother Ram Revilla, also an actor, was recently murdered in his home, and declared dead in the early hours of October 29, 2011. He was 22.[10]

2013 Personal film crisis

After his successful TV series Indio as his first drama show, he was supposed to make a movie adaptation of the said show which unfortunately was shelved and replaced as "My Super Kap". It was eventually scrapped-out due to casting problems.

His other project Ang Sugo: The Last Messenger was left out due to his personal involvement in the pork barrel scam issue.


Year Award-Giving Body Category Recipient Result
2001 PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Comedy Actor Ang alamat Won
2009 Best Educational Program Host kaps Won
2009 Metro Manila Film Festival [11] Best Actor Ang Panday Won
2011 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Box-Office Kings (with Vic Sotto)[12] Si Agimat at Si Enteng Kabisote Won


Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr.
Born Jose Marie Mortel Bautista
(1966-09-25) September 25, 1966
Manila, Philippines
Occupation Actor, TV host, politician, comedian
Years active 1983–2014
Spouse(s) Lani Mercado
Children Leonard Bryan
Jose Lorenzo (Ramon III)
Inah Felicia
Ramon Vicente (RV)

TV programs

Title TV Network Year
Idol Ko si Kap GMA Network 2000–2005
Hokus Pokus GMA Network 2005–2007
Kap's Amazing Stories GMA Network 2007–2014
Indio GMA Network 2013


Title Role Production Year
Dugong Buhay Victor Viva Films 1983
Pieta, Ang Ikalawang Aklat (Pieta, the Second Chapter) Noel Amazlady Films 1984
Sa Dibdib ng Sierra Madre Imus Productions 1985
Celeste Gang Mortemer 'Bitoy' Marcelo Sapphire Films 1985
Boboy Tibayan: Tigre ng Cavite Boboy Tibayan Imus Productions 1986
Beloy Montemayor Beloy Montemayor Imus Productions 1986
Payaso Sialina Films Enterprises 1986
Anak ng Supremo (Kid Of Supremo) GP Films & Imus Productions 1986
Agaw Armas Bukang Liwayway/Gilden Lion Films/Viva Films 1986
Isa Lang Ang Dapat Mabuhay Sapphire Films 1986
Sgt. Villapando: A.W.O.L. Intervision Films 1986
Dongalo Massacre First Films & Imus Productions 1987
Sparrow Unit Cine Suerte Production & RRJ Productions 1987
Boy Tornado Boy Tornado RRJ Productions & Imus Productions 1987
Anak ng Lupa (Child of the World) Hector Viva Films 1987
Alega Gang: Public Enemy No. 1 of Cebu Buboy RRJ Productions & Imus Productions 1988
Iyo Ang Batas Aking Ang Katarungan (Law And My Justice) Dante Reyes Buena Films Productions, Inc. 1988
Lost Command Cine Suerte 1988
Cordillera LEA Productions 1988
Florencio Dino: Public Enemy No. 1 Florencio Dino Bonanza Films 1989
Moises Platon Moises Platon Cine Suerte 1989
Isang Bala Isang Buhay Daniel Viva Films 1989
Urbanito Dizon Urbanito Dizon RNB Films & Seiko Films 1990
Bala at Rosario (Bullet and Rosary) Armand Vision Films 1990
APO: Kingpin ng Maynila Magno LEA Productions 1990
Alyas Pogi: Birador ng Nueva Ecija POGI/Henry Cruz RRJ Films 1990
Onyong Majikero Original Onyong Regal Films 1991
Manong Gang Brando Moviestars Productions 1991
Captain Jaylo: Batas Sa Batas Capt. Reynaldo Jaylo Omega Releasing Organization, Inc. 1991
Leon ng Maynila Lt. Col. Romeo Maganto Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions & RRJ Productions 1992
Alyas Pogi 2 POGI/Henry Cruz Moviestars Productions 1992
Hanggang May Buhay Sgt. Alex Aragon Bonanza Films 1992
Pangako Sa'yo (This I Promise You) Benjie 1992 Viva Films
Dugo ng Panday (Blood Of Blacksmith) Flavio Regal Films 1993
Adan Ronquillo Adan Ronquillo Regal Films/Star Cinema 1993
Sala sa Init, Sala sa Lamig Bingo Viva Films 1993
Ako Ang Katarungan: Lt. Napoleon M. Guevarra (I am Justice: Lt. Napoleon M. Guevarra) Lt. Napoleon M. Guevarra Seiko Films & RRJ Productions 1993
Relax Ka Lang, Sagot Kita Lt. Daniel Santiago 1994 Moviestars Production
Iukit Mo Sa Bala Dr. Roberto Guerrero Star Cinema & Megavision Films 1994
Walang Matigas na Pulis, Sa Matinik na Misis Capt. Bartholome Renaldo Moviestars Production 1994
Pustahan Tayo, Mahal Mo Ako Dante Regal Films 1995
Batas Ko Ang Katapat Mo Abner RRJ Productions & Regal Films 1995
Ang Senador Kong Kurakot Alyas Pogi Anak ng Teteng Productions 1995
Wilson Sorronda: Leader Kuratong Baleleng's Solid Group Regal Films & Golden Lion Films 1995
Ang Titser Kong Pogi Joey Perez 1995
SPO4 Santiago: Sharpshooter SPO4 Jaime Santiago Viva Films 1996
Pag-ibig Ko Sa Iyo'y Totoo Lt. Mario Romero Viva Films 1996
Kung Marunong Kang Magdasal Umpisahan Mo Na Alex Regal Films 1997
Yes Darling: Walang Matigas na Pulis 2 Major Bartolome Renaldo Regal Films 1997
Sabi Mo Mahal Mo Ako, Wala ng Bawian Capt. Gerry Mercado Star Cinema 1997
Buhay Mo'y Buhay Ko Rin Insp. Dave Gomez Viva Films 1997
Onyok Tigasin Onyok Tigasin Mahogany Pictures 1997
Ben Delubyo Ben Delubyo Viva Films 1998
Alyas Pogi 3: Ang Pagbabalik POGI/Henry Cruz Star Cinema 1998
Pepeng Agimat Pepeng Agimat Millenium Cinema 1999
Minsan Ko Lang Sasabihin Alex Sembrano Millenium Cinema 2000
Mahal Kita: Final Answer! Nino Viva Films 2002
Kilabot at Kembot Leon Imus Productions 2002
Ang Agimat: Anting-anting ni Lolo Paolo/Enteng/Matandang Ketongin Imus Productions 2002
Bertud ng Putik Gabriel de Dios Imus Productions 2003
Captain Barbell Captain Barbell Viva Films 2003
Exodus: Tales from the Enchanted Kingdom Exodus Imus Productions 2005
Kapag Tumibok Ang Puso: Not Once, But Twice Marco Imus Productions 2006
Resiklo Commander Crisval Sarmiento Imus Productions 2007
Ang Panday Flavio GMA Films & Imus Productions 2009
Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote Agimat GMA Films, Imus Productions and M-Zet Films 2010
Ang Panday 2 Flavio GMA Films 2011
Si Agimat, Si Enteng at Ako Agimat GMA Films, Imus Productions and M-Zet Films 2012



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Preceded by
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Succeeded by
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