Why Manny Villar Was Vindicated In The C-5 Road Attack
The timing of the accusation was suspicious and the case even more so. It was clearly a hatchet job. Here’s why.
Senate Resolution 1472, although diplomatically deferred after fiery debates from administration senators, dismisses the ethics complaint against Senator Manny Villar – a vindication signed by no less than 12 senators.
Villar, a real estate billionaire and president of the opposition Nacionalista Party, announced his candidacy for the 2010 presidential elections last year and was suddenly embroiled in the C-5 “Double insertion” controversy.
Villar was accused by administration Senator Jamby Madrigal of 1) ordering the double funding of P200 million for the
Answered The Issue
But the resolution “Dismisses the complaint against Villar and clears him of alleged acts of disorderly behavior” because “the complainant’s very own witnesses all testified to the regularity of the C-5 extension project,” goes the report.
“It was only Senator Madrigal and her lawyer who made the allegation,” clarifies Senator Alan Peter Cayetano. He said this shows Villar’s “leadership and how he answered the issues squarely.”
Senators who signed the resolution were the following:
· Aquiline Pimentel Jr.
· Miriam Defensor Santiago
· Joker Arroyo
· Manny Villar
· Francis Pangilinan
· Loren Legarda
· Jingggoy Estrada
· Bong Revilla
· Lito Lapid
· Gringo Honasan
· Alan Peter Cayetano
· Pia Cayetano
Senator Pangilinan says “The minority to which he belongs has always viewed the Senate investigation of Villar as politically motivated,” reports the Philippine Daily Inquirer today.
Right across Villar’s signature, reports The Philippine Star, also today, were his words, “Bilang pagtatanggol sa aking pangalan” – “In defense of my honor.”