BACOOR CITY, Cavite — Newly-elected officials of Bacoor City took their oath of office before Senator Bong Revilla whose image was flashed via a digital LED screen set up inside the St. Michael the Archangel Parish in this city the other day.
The event was considered the Cavite’s first in political occasions that made possible the digital link for Sen. Bong as the administering official yet under detention at the Camp Crame national police headquarters for plunder charge.
The oath-takers included incoming Congressman Strike Revilla and Bacoor City incoming Mayor Lani Mercado Revilla with son incoming Cavite Vice-Gov. Jolo Revilla, Bacoor City Vice-Mayor Karen Sarrino and the city’s 12 councilors as they pledged before Sen. Bong’s video image shown in the 7 feet-long by 4 feet wide LED monitor inside the church.
An early Holy Mass was officiated by Bishop Evangelista and attended by all elected officials before the oath-taking rites witnessed by their elder-former Senator Ramon Revilla Sr, former Senator and basketball legend Robert “Bobby” Jaworky and wife.
The audience was touched with the dramatic and emotion-laden oath-taking of Congressman Strike Revilla, with wife Chaye holding the Bible for him as the screen focused face-to-face before his brother Sen. Bong’s video image.
In a brotherly gesture, Sen. Bong addressed his brother Strike “Tol” (a Filipino lingo for brother) and requested him to raise his right hand for the consecutive reading of the “Panunumpa” (oath of office).
Cong. Strike sounded emotional with a gurgled voice as he recited the pledge with the elder-former Sen. Revilla Sr witnessing the event with teary eyes and pointing his fingers in a gesture of missing the detained son-Senator.
The audience thunderous applause reverberated through the cavernous church.
In his brief inaugural statement, Congressman Strike said in Filipino that without his brother Bong’s help, he would not be in his position now as a member of the House of Representatives.
He said his oath-taking rites for nine years as Bacoor City Mayor then was done inside the church and the tradition continues at the holy sanctuary now that he is a legislator.
He praised and thanked his elder brother Sen. Bong for the endless support despite the latter’s detention at Camp Crame.
During the ceremony, Mayor Lani Mercado Revilla was introduced as the first congresswoman and first woman mayor of Bacoor City and took the stand facing before the digital image of her husband Sen. Bong.
This time, Mayor Lani was in tears as hubby Sen. Bong requested “Hon (short for Honey), please raise your right hand” for the dramatic face-to-face swearing-in rites to take place.
They couple could only “blow kisses” to each other via digital technology amid the cheers and applause of the church congregation.
In her inaugural speech, Mayor Lani took a swipe at the preceding administration that “my husband was detained because of political harassment and he was not allowed to post bail.” Rogelio Limpin/PNA/northboundasia.com