Sen. Bong Revilla is giving away more than 1,500 gadgets for students to mark his birthday today, September 25.
Aside from his desire to help poor but deserving students in their online classes for this year, the actor-politician said the giveaway is his thanksgiving of sorts after recovering from COVID-19.
Revilla tested positive for the virus last month. Sen. Bong denied, however, that he was given preferential treatment when he was rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital in Bonifacio Global City after complaining of chest pain. He clarified that he had to wait for two days at the emergency room of the hospital.
“Na bash nga ako nung sinabi ko na may COVID ako, pero ang importante ay maprotektahan ang pamilya at mga nakaharap para sa contact tracing,” he said. “Kasi mabilis ang pag spread ng COVID-19. Para siyang domino effect.”
He reminded people to help to curb the spread of the virus by being mindful and being honest with their interactions.
“Kapag nakaramdam ka, don’t deny it, kasi kung ide-deny mo, madadamay lahat,” he stressed.
He also cautioned about using rapid test kits to determine whether one is infected.
“Never trust rapid testing,” he said, “It’s not accurate. Based on my experience, positive na ako pero nag test pa ako ng rapid test twice and I tested negative of COVID-19.”
On his birthday, he said he and his family will be spending it quietly by visiting his parents in the cemetery. His father, Sen. Ramon Revilla, Sr., passed away last June 26.
Sen. Bong’s gadget giveaway, the KAP (Kaalaman, Ating Palawakin) program ran from Sept. 20 to 23 and was open to Filipinos from Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, the National Capital Region and also abroad. He said he putting the event online allowed Filipinos abroad to be able to nominate deserving loved ones to receive gadgets.
“Door to door naming ipapadala sa kanila at ang pagpili ay randomizer,” he clarified.
He also promised to think of more ways to help workers, especially film workers who were displaced because of the pandemic, and also nurses and other health workers who continue to put their lives at risk to be able to help those who are infected.
“Sila talaga ang mga bayani,” he said.