Writer Charlie Avila different from P70-million ‘broker’ Charlie Avila

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A writer who was implicated in a supposed P70-million “unholy alliance” of the camp of Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero and two leftist groups for the purpose of defeating the vice-presidential bid of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has vehemently denied that he took part in the deal.

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The story of The Manila Times that appeared on the paper’s front page on February 29 pointed out that according to a highly reliable source whom this paper named “Heart,” a certain Charlie Avila was the one who worked on a P20-million deal of Sanlakas and Escudero’s camp.

The same source said Nathaniel Santiago, secretary-general of the KoalisyongMakabayan (KM), was the “key person” behind a P50-million agreement between the Escudero group and the “reaffirmist” or RA faction of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

Heart, who is described as “young” and “cute,” stood pat for a number of times that the P50-million and P20-million deals, or a total of P70 million, with the two leftist organizations was “definitely” correct.

The source reiterated that the principal purpose of the two separate agreements was to revive the Marcos administration’s human rights record in the 1970s to 1980s in order to directly campaign to defeat Marcos’ vice presidential run.

Santiago has strongly denied that the “unholy alliance” exists.

He said the tie-up of KM with the group of presidential frontrunner Senators Grace Poe and her running mate Escudero was purely issue-based.

KM’s bet for senator, Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares, is running under the Poe ticket.

Avila made it clear to The Manila Times that he was not and will never be part of any “unholy alliance” between the Philippine Left and a politician in any capacity.

This paper is strongly standing by its story, which was an exclusive one.

The Manila Times, however, reiterated that the Charlie Avila who lodged a complaint with the paper for the inclusion of his name was not the one being referred to in the story.

This reporter’s source was strongly firm in his assertion that a certain Charlie Avila was the one who arranged the P20 million deal between Escudero’s camp and the leftist Sanlakas.

Heart described Avila as an activist during the First Quarter Storm or FQS during the 1970s.

Avila is not a writer and he has not written any article for The Manila Times, the source said.

Over the phone, Heart said Avila the “broker” is completely a “different person” from the Avila who lodged a complaint with The Manila Times.

Sanlakas, an alliance of leftist people’s organizations including the Bukluranng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) that is seeking a post in the House of Representatives, was mum about Avila.

Leody de Guzman, Sanlakas first nominee and BMP chairman, denied that there was such a multi-million deal with Escudero.

He said the alliance of the two was purely based on issues that they will carry out and fight for once they win in the May 9 elections.

De Guzman admitted that Sanlakas was the one that created Never Again Marcos or NAM, a group put up to revive anti-Marcos campaign as a Marcos is seeking a higher elective post.

Another newly-formed organization was the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacanang or Carmma headed by Bonifacio Ilagan, vice chairman of Selda, a leftist advocacy group for the protection of human rights.

NELSON S. BADILLA

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  1. I’m
    not surprise that binay corrupt and muramar can do bribe ….it is not
    impossible …100%possible . For all voters you all need to watch closely
    the news ..

    we need senator grace poe i n the coc ballot and she needs to be
    qualified to run …we need to be watch dog and pray hard that those evils
    will not prevail.

    SIGE LANG MURAMAR KAHIT MAGBRIBE KA
    HINDI KA RIN MANANALO DAHIL IKAW AY KULELAT ” BAHALA KA NGA SA BUHAY
    NINYO NI KORING” YOU ARE DOOM TO GO TO HELL.

    I ‘m 100% agree senator Grace Poe of what you have said ….

    “I did not steal from you, I did not deceive you nor have been remiss
    of my duty to serve. I am not like the people who they are trying to
    protect. I’m not a liar,” she stressed.

    I agree senator Grace Poe ….

    There are people who resort to inventing stories to destroy you
    naming that groups are una party of binay corrupt , lapiang
    patuwad-tuwad of the liberal party of muramar and of course dudirty.

    i’m confident too as a supporter of SEN.Grace Poe she will be
    qualified to run because Jesus Christ always at her side since when she
    was young. She was adopted by a rich couple twice .If it is not God who
    that who will be .

    mabuhay ang foundling na si SENATOR GRACE POE …THE FUTURE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES.

    supreme court you all are not God therefore please act like you are
    human too ..may puso ,damdamin at talino …please let senator grace poe
    qualified to run AS PRESIDENT. THe people are clamoring for her to be
    our leader …she is the answer to all problem in our country .

    korina is very assaultive woman ..if she became the 1st lady ..she will be hitting all her malacanang helper

    OINK..OINK DRILLON OUR GRACE POE WILL NOT BE DQ ..OINK ..OINK PUT YOUR FINGERS DOWN YOU LOOK LIKE REALLY LIKE A PIG SA KORAL.

    LET US GO AND VOTE FOR SENATOR GRACE POE I N2016 ELECTION

  2. The Charlie Avila probably being referred to was an anti-Marcos activist once allied with Heherson Alvarez and land reform radicals. But, when they returned after the dictator was ousted, these radicals immediately acquired a taste for caviar and champagne. They sold their ideals down the drain and engaged in sleazy activities. Avila was named by the Cory administration as Administrator of the Philippine Coconut Authority. Avila’s tenure at PCA was marked with scandals and evidences of corruption. Avila may cling on to his activist credentials, but sleaze is all over him.