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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.

President Benigno Aquino III, Manila Bulletin, mb.com.ph

President Benigno Aquino III denied the accusations of Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla. (Photo by Richard V. Vinas)

“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.

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    Aquino said aside from Revilla, he also met with senators Jinggoy Estrada, Ralph Recto and Teofisto Guingona, III.

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  • Nilo del Mundo

    If for example, it is true that, “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.”

    Revilla revealed some words that were exchanged. May I ask, what were the true words that were said? If there is no shame to it, why the secrecy of the meeting? Why not use the phone? If the question was that simple, why not just ask an emissary to do it? If that was the real question, what was the answer of Bong Revilla?

  • Rosalinda Rosario

    Senador Bong Revilla, mag-artista ka na lang

  • joeyg

    HINDI NA DAPAT PINAGPAPANSIN ITONG SI BOBONG REVILLA SA KORTE NA LANG SIYA MAGPALIWANAG

    • Francis

      Tama ka dyan pards, he is one of the waste of our government, he is one of the corrupt politician, hindi kasi nila nararanasan ung sakit sa tax deduction sa salary, kaya ganun nalang maglustay ng pera ng bayan.

      • Arphi

        Sa hirap ng pamumuhay sa atin BAYAN,sila ay nagpapasarap sa mga NINAKAW nila kaban kaban na pera ng BAYAN.

        • Leo

          Hindi pa natin alam ang buong katotohanan. Maghintay po tayo bago po tayo mag comment.

      • Barok

        ISAMA MO NA RIN SI ABNOY PANOT, A BLATANT CORRUPT MONGOLOID together with all his alipores