MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Bong Revilla spent his first Sunday as a jailbird in a Bible fellowship with his family.

His wheelchair-bound father, former Sen. Ramon Revilla Sr., arrived around 11 a.m. and stayed at the Custodial Center of the Philippine National Police at Camp Crame for about two hours.  Revilla’s wife, Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado, their children, and his siblings also joined the service led by Pastor Chinkee Tan.

Revilla and his wife have been attending Bible studies as Born-again Christians even before Bong surrendered.

The senator, who is allegedly involved in the pork barrel scam, said that a clear conscience and reading the Bible with his family with a Christian pastor makes him stronger and ready to accept what comes next.

During the religious service, Bong’s son, Bryan Revilla, said his father thanked their relatives for praying and for their solid support for him.  He said that Bong has been joining their families in going to Christian services and Bible studies every Sunday.

“The Sunday service was very peaceful. It was very uplifting,” Bryan said.

Revilla reveals his personal calvary brought him closer to God.

“I’ve been through many trials but this is the worst. But as they say, the Lord won’t give you a burden you cannot bear,” the senator said.

In his speech for the entertainment press, Bong said he clings to reading the Bible more and every word of God contained in it.



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