While Malacañang on Monday confirmed that President Benigno Aquino 3rd met with Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr. it denied his interfering in the impeachment trial of then chief justice Renato Corona.
Speaking to reporters, Presidential Communications Secretary Hermnio Coloma Jr. explained that Aquino only met with Revilla to know about the groups pressuring senators.
“The President met with Senator Revilla to verify persistent reports that the senators were being pressured by interest groups to influence the outcome of the impeachment trial, and he asked the senator to decide on the basis of its merits,” he said.
“The senator said that he will do what is right and he voted to convict then Chief Justice Corona,” Coloma added.
The Palace official also said that Aquino “deplores the unfair insinuation made by Senator Revilla against his sister, Maria Elena Aquino-Cruz, and her husband Eldon, despite the fact that the Czech ambassador has clearly stated that they are not in any way involved in the Metro Rail Transit project in which a Czech firm was interested.”
On one hand, Coloma reiterated that the main issue is still how Revilla’s pork barrel was spent.
“The main issue here is the proper use of public funds for which Senator Revilla is accountable. It is his duty to start explaining to our people how his PDAF allocation was actually spent,” he said.