Aquino dismisses Revilla’s accusations
President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday dismissed Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla’s revelation that he tried to influence him to vote for the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona.
In a brief question and answer with media after giving a speech at the 65th anniversary of the Insurance Commission, Aquino said he decided to meet with Sen. Revilla to verify persistent reports that the senators were being pressured by interest groups to influence the outcome of the impeachment trial.
“All (senators) were subjected to pressure. I was trying to ensure that they’ll decide based on merits of the case,” Aquino said.
However, Aquino did not name the group who was trying to pressure the senators since he had no proof.
Aquino said aside from Revilla, he also met with senators Jinggoy Estrada, Ralph Recto and Teofisto Guingona, III.
Aquino explained that he asked Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas to meet with Revilla because the two worked closely in the Senate. Aquino said their meeting was meant to ease the pressure on the senators.
Aquino reiterated that Revilla should have focused on answering the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) issue in his privilege speech.
On Monday, Revilla also accused Aquino of politically persecuting him and enumerated a litany of other allegations against the Aquino administration.