Former Senator Bong Revilla welcomed home with fanfare

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 7) — A band and a crowd welcomed home former Senator and actor Bong Revilla Friday night.

This, after he was acquitted of plunder in relation to the pork barrel scam. Revilla was released from his four year detention in Camp Crame after posting bail for 16 other graft charges.

READ: Acquitted of plunder, Bong Revilla out on bail on graft charges

Speaking to the press on his behalf at their home Friday night, Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla said that her husband still couldn't believe what had just transpired.

"Ang una niyang sinabi, totoo ba to? Nangangarap ba ako," the former actress turned politician said.

[Translation: His first words were "is this real? Am I dreaming?"]

She added that the former Senator wants to celebrate Christmas with his family this year.

Speaking to CNN Philippines earlier that evening, Revilla said that her husband also plans to visit the Imus Cathedral to pray, visit his mother's grave and have dinner with his father and his family.

She added that her family suffered while the former Senator was in detention for four years. 

"It is no joke to not have your husband beside you for 4 years... It was a very big sacrifice for our family," she said.

Bong Revilla continues to face 16 counts of graft, still related to the pork barrel scandal.

CNN Philippines' Carolyn Bonquin contributed to this story.