Former senator and film star Ramon Revilla Sr. died today from lingering illnesses, in an undisclosed location. He was 93.
His son, Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., confirmed his father’s passing in a live video that was aired today at a little past 5pm.
“My dad is gone,” he said, as sounds of people wailing can be heard in the background.
Earlier this month, Revilla Sr. was hooked to a ventilator and underwent “strict observation” for undisclosed medical reasons at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City. Senator Bong said that his dad had difficulty breathing.
The elder Revilla was born Jose Acuña Bautista in Imus, Cavite.
Prior to working in the Senate between 1992 to 2004, the late politician was one of Philippine cinema’s most famous action stars. He started his career in the early ’70s, starring in such memorable films as Nardong Putik (“Nardo of Mud”) and Pepeng Agimat (“Pepe of the Amulet”).
His lead characters are known for possessing superhuman powers derived from talismans and folk charms, hence his title Hari ng Agimat (“King of Amulets”).
Perhaps just as famous as his run in film, the Revilla patriarch is known for having sired at least 72 children from 16 different women.