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Satur to Villar: Why not face the Senate?


Satur to Villar: Why not face the Senate?

Nacionalista Party (NP) senatorial
candidate Satur Ocampo of party-list Bayan Muna is urging the NP
standard-bearer Senator Manuel Villar to face his colleagues in the
Senate and defend himself from charges that he acted unethically in
connection with the C-5 road extension project.

"Ang advice namin, through House minority leader (San Juan) Rep.
Ronaldo Zamora, ay sabihin sa kanya, ‘Face it up to the Senate.’ Wag
nya iwasan ang issue. Wag sya magpapaliwanag sa media, kundi sa Senate.
Ang nakuha kong feedback kay congressman Zamora, sabi nya, "Ipinaabot
ko. Pero I’m not the presidential candidate," Ocampo told House
reporters on Monday when sought to comment on the raging controversy.

As of posting time, the Senate was considering Committee Report 780
recommending Villar’s censure for improper and unethical conduct in the
C-5 road extension project. It also urges him to return P6.22 billion
to the national treasury.

"We take consideration of the fact that the Senate is being divided
by the issue. This internal issue deflects the attention from the last
session days, and it is further complicated by accusations that he is
masterminding moves to oust Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. It has
become a personal battle between the two," Ocampo said.

"As a matter of inter-parliamentary courtesy, I would refrain from
commenting, particularly because we are endorsing Senator Villar. But
at the same time, we are urging him kung ang position nya ay wala syang
na-violate, ang dapat pag ganoon, harapin nya," Ocampo said.

"If you want to become president, you have to act responsibly and show leadership," Ocampo said.

Villar has refused to appear before the Senate Committee of the Whole, describing it as a kangaroo court.

Meanwhile, Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros, a senatorial candidate of
the Liberal Party, assailed Villar and called him "un-presidentiable

"It is not just unbecoming of a Senator, a former Senate President
at that, but it is also very much unpresidentiable," Hontiveros said.

"Now is the moment to prove that you have integrity and that you
can  stand up for your own name. Paano nya masasabi na sya ay may
paninindigan kung di nya kayang tumayo para sa kanyang sariling
pangalan," she added. (

• Noynoy questions Villar’s ethics

• Enrile: Senate coup part of Villar’s poll bid

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