Legarda claims President knows ‘demolition man’

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By Jomar Canlas Senior Reporter

SENATOR Loren Legarda on Monday said President Benigno Aquino 3rd knew about the PR demolition job employed by a senator from Team Pnoy to dislodge her from the No. 1 spot.

Legarda, who was accompanied by her father Antonio when she cast her vote at precinct 628A in Potrero National High School in Malabon City, said the President is fully aware of the moves to pull her down from the senatorial race.

But she did not confirm or deny when asked if the person who ordered the demolition job against her is Senator Allan Peter Cayetano through PR man Willie Fernandez.

“Kayo na lang po ang mag-isip. Nasasaktan lamang ako sa mga walang basehang paninira sa akin,” Legarda said.

Legarda said the President advised her to “exercise patience and there is time for everything.”

She, however, did not elaborate if the meaning of “time for everything” is time for vengeance or payback.

A well-placed source of The Manila Times said Fernandez used to be Legarda’s PR man.

The source added that Legarda and Fernandez parted ways after Legarda refused to accept Fernandez’s P15-million PR job charge.

Another source said Fernandez also handled the PR job of Malacañang during the impeachment case against then chief justice Renato Corona.

Legarda said the senatorial bet from Team PNoy who is behind the demolition job against her also demolished Aquino when he ran for president in the May 2010 polls.

She said the senator is called “Mr. Kuryente” because he demolishes people without basis.

Reports earlier accused Legarda of failing to disclose her condominium unit in Park Avenue in New York which allegedly was not included in her statements of assets liabilities and networth (SALN). There were also text messages claiming that Legarda blocked the benefits for teachers and soldiers.

“Ako ay nag-No. 1 sa 1998 senatorial elections, ako ay nag-No. 1 sa 2007 elections, ngayon ako ay No. 1 na naman sa mga surveys kaya ako ginigiba. Ang gusto ko lang po ay maglingkod sa taong-bayan kaya huwag po ninyong paniwalaan ang mga black propaganda laban sa akin,” said Legarda, who ran for vice president twice but lost to Noli De Castro in 2004 and to Jejomar Binay in 2010.

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