"Lani says 'I have six beautiful children with Bong'. This is the first time I'm going to say this... If Lani has six beautiful children with Bong, I hope that she hasn't forgotten that Bong has seven beautiful children," said Gretchen Barretto in an interview with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) on January 20.
Gretchen's revelation sparked talks of the identity of Senator Bong Revilla's seventh child. Questions were also raised on whether Lani Mercado, Bong's wife, knew about the kid.
Four days later, Dolly Anne Carvajal wrote in her Philippine Daily Inquirer column that she knew Bong's illegitimate child and the child's mother. The child, she said, is a boy named Luigi. The mother is L.G., who comes from a good family, and is already married.
In an interview with The Buzz that aired last Sunday, March 11, Bong finally broke his silence about his son.
"Hindi ko naman dine-deny ‘yon. Actually, ‘yong son ko, recognized ng buong pamilya—even Lani, even my kids—they recognize [him]. Pumupunta sa bahay ‘yon. Walang kasalanan ang bata, e," admitted Bong.His eldest son, Brian, revealed that they knew they had a half-brother. He said, "It's not new for us. Beforehand, we knew na madami talaga kami..."