STATEMENT OF SECRETARY IGNACIO BUNYE RE ALLEGED PAYOFF OF P38-M

MALACANANG, October 14, 2003  (OPS) The allegations of Senator Lacson re P38 million being given by Mr. Jimenez to the President is not only hearsay but a brazen lie. The President categorically denies this. Mr. Jimenez had all the opportunity while he was here and facing deportation proceedings. Why did he not say so at that time?

Congressman Willie Villarama will be issuing separate statement belying allegation.

Re GSIS and PCSO Transactions

The GSIS and the PCSO will come up separately with their explanations of transactions questioned in the speech. The records are public records and can be made available. PCSO advised us that request mentioned in the speech was never released.

Re Recantation of Udong

Senator Lacson is trying to make a case impugning the retraction of Udong Mahusay. According to him, the first affidavit should be given more credence. The recantation is of no value.

Looks like, he has forgotten the testimony of Kit Mateo. In the first testimony, Kit Mateo charged Lacson with having masterminded the killing of several persons, including a police officer, the husband of his present wife, and a child who was pushed out of a helicopter.

Re Tirade Against the Supreme Court

The opening statement against the Supreme Court shows Mr. Lacson’s utter lack of respect for the rule of law and the institution that has been tasked to be the final arbiter on questions of law. It does not speak well of a senator of the republic.

Re Ranking of the Philippines in the Transparency International Survey

The rankings are based on sliding three-year period. What is shown for 2003 actually reflects conditions in 2000 which coincided with impeachment trial of President Erap.

Other Charges

Allegations of extortion by some people supposedly closed to the President are unsubstantiated. The others area rehash of undocumented charges in the Chapters 1 and 2 speeches.

Allegations re persons supposedly frequenting LTA building shows sinister, character of Mr. Lacson who by his own admission has been spying on others and invading their privacy.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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