"Lani says 'I have six beautiful children withBong'. This is the first time I'm going to say this... If Lani has sixbeautiful children with Bong, I hope that she hasn't forgotten that Bong has sevenbeautiful children," said Gretchen Barretto in an interview with PEP(Philippine Entertainment Portal) on January 20.
Gretchen's revelation sparked talks of the identity ofSenator Bong Revilla's seventh child. Questions were also raised on whetherLani Mercado, Bong's wife, knew about the kid.
Four days later, Dolly Anne Carvajal wrote in her PhilippineDaily Inquirer column that she knew Bong's illegitimate child and thechild'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, weknew na madami talaga kami..."