By Gerry Plaza
Reacting to an audio clip circulating on the Internet that carried his alleged voice, Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. told Yahoo! Southeast Asia adding that he was not at all surprised.
“We all know it is (the) election season,” Revilla said. “This politics of character demolition will never end.”
For the past week, people have been trying to confirm if the familiar voice heard on the audio clip was, indeed, the reelectionist senator.According to Revilla, it’s plain “fabrication.”
In the clip posted on sites such as Facebook and YouTube, the voice claimed to be Revilla’s was implying to exert fraudulent measures, with Malacanang’s support and the use of the local police, to retain his brother Strike Revilla as Bacoor municipal mayor.
The clip, which first surfaced on YouTube on February 19, was attributed to a user named MrGalingko.
Most of the comments viewed on the clip’s YouTube page were harshly critical of Revilla and supported the clip’s authenticity, although a number of the other comments were “removed by the author.”
According to Revilla, the clip was nothing more than a product of audio editing, wherein recorded digital copies of his voice were spliced and tied again using computer software to form manipulated vocal statements.
“Dahil sa hi-tech ngayon, wala nang imposible. Dragon nga nasasakyan na, boses pa. Halata naman na pinutol-putol nila at pinagdugtong-dugtong. Dinagdagan pa (Because of present high technology, nothing is impossible. If you can manipulate images for it to appear you can ride on dragons, what more with voice? Obviously, they’ve done cutting and pasting. They even added to it.).”
Revilla said he was contemplating legal action against those posting, publishing, broadcasting or distributing the manufactured clip that he said falsely and maliciously placed him and his family in a bad light.
“I have referred this matter to my legal team and they are taking action. Some laws were violated and those responsible will be made accountable, lalo na yung mga nag-ere nito at yung iba pa na mag-eere at magpapalabas nito (especially those who aired and will air this).”
A popular morning FM radio program, “Good Times With Mo Twister,” had played the clip on-air.The show’s possible violations to the Anti-Wiretapping Law, which restricts individuals from broadcasting and publishing private conversations, are being studied.
It also prohibits Internet sites from providing links to the audio clip.