Roxas should explain ‘tryst’ with Revilla – Valte

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A Palace spokesman on Tuesday said Malacañang officials are not aware of the secret meeting between Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla before the Senate convicted former chief justice Renato Corona.

Deputy spokesman Abigail Valte was reacting to an article written by Dante A. Ang of The Manila Times which revealed that Roxas brought Revilla to his residence in Cubao, Quezon City, called Bahay Pangarap, where they met with President Benigno Aquino 3rd and Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.

In that meeting, the P50 million additional pork barrel was taken up as a reward for senators who would vote to convict Corona. However, it was not clear who among the four men brought up the subject.

However, Valte said nobody in Malacañang has any information on who set up the meeting, if indeed such a meeting did take place.


“I would not have any information, given [the fact]that it is Secretary Roxas who has been alluded to in that particular story,” Valte said. She pointed out that the answer should come from Roxas himself.

The issue became media fodder after Sen. Jinggoy Estrada claimed in a privilege
speech that Malacañang had given senators an incentive in the form of additional allocations after Corona was convicted by the Senate impeachment court.

The Budget secretary acknowledged that 20 senators did receive an amount ranging from P50 million to P100 million under the government’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). He added, however, that the additional allocation was not meant as an incentive. Rather, the intention was “to ramp up spending and help accelerate economic

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  1. wala ka na talagang mapipili sa mga nanunungkulan lahat na ata ay puro sinungaling wala ng delicadeza matatawag at palabra de honor, puro kakapalan na ng mukha ang pinupuhunan, hindi naman permanente ang inyong mga posisyon, kaya ay halal lamang ng taong bayan at darating din ang oras ay araw na matatapoos din ang inyong termino,at pag dumating yang tatanggapin ninyo ang mga kaparusahan nakalaan para sa inyo..

  2. milagros solidon on

    What a pity to the Filipinos in our country. Akala nila maaayos nang lahat ang corruption with Pinoy as President and Mar at his side.. Mas magulo pa ngayon sa palagay ko. Now that plunder charges had been filed against Pinoy, all he does is dig, dig, dig, GMA’S past to divert the attention of the people. Oh come on Pinoy not all Filipinos are tanga.

  3. Panay ang maling pahayag, nalilito tuloy ang mga tao, tama kayo mga kapatid niloloko yata tayo. kaya hindi yan nanalo sa pagka bise-president. ngayon lumabas na ang sikretong meeting ni Roxas, Aquino, Abad , upang awitan si Bong Revilla sa halagang 50-100 million DAP para lamang bumoto against Corona. Hoy tandaan ninyo pera ng bayan ang ginagamit ninyo.

  4. Si Mar Roxas sinabing tapos na krisis sa Zamboanga e hindi pa pala.Ano yan niloloko niya tayo?

  5. Wala naman atang naitulong si Mar Roxas sa paglalagi niya sa Zamboanga.Tinanggap na lang ang responsibilidad para sa publicity

  6. Sana hindi sinabi ni Mar Roxas na tapos na problema sa Zamboanga kung totoong meron pa.Pinapaasa tayo

  7. Polding Herrera on

    ang gulo ng gobyerno na ito. mabuti pa ibalik na sa puwesto si gloria arroyo at corona. ayaw ng mga ibang pilipino ang pagbabago sa bansa, sanay na kasi sa pagnanakaw sa kaban ng bayan…

  8. ROGELIO A. SESE on

    “I would not have any information, given [the fact] that it is Secretary Roxas who has been alluded to in that particular story,” Valte said. She pointed out that the answer should come from Roxas himself.

    — Both Secretary Roxas and President Aquino were alluded to in the story (Roxas purportedly brought Sen. Revilla to the Palace to meet with Aquino). The meeting reportedly took place in Malacanang. Clearly, the President (at least, through USec Valte) must also issue clarifications.