Palace not worried by Bong's 2nd privilege speech

Posted at 01/24/2014 3:51 PM

MANILA - Malacañang is not bothered by reports that Sen. Bong Revilla is delivering a part two of his privilege speech directed against the administration.

Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said President Aquino has nothing personal against Senator Revilla.

He said government is pursuing the case against him over the alleged misuse of pork barrel funds based on evidence.

“Kaya nga ang sinasabi natin na ang dapat na pagbatayan ay ‘yung kongkretong ebidensya, at ayon sa ating batas, mayroon namang nakatakdang pamamaraan para timbangin ang ebidensyang ito. Sa panig ng Pangulo at ng administrasyon, ‘yun lamang ang magiging batayan sa paghahanap ng katarungan hinggil doon sa ulat ng maling paggamit ng pondo ng bayan," he said.

"Wala namang personalan ito, hindi naman nagdi-discriminate kahit kanino. Ang batayan lamang ay ebidensya at malaya naman siyang makapag-privilege speech dahil bahagi naman ‘yan ng kanyang karapatan bilang halal na senador ng bayan.”

In his privilege speech last Monday, Sen. Revilla denied allegations that he pocketed millions of pesos in taxpayers' money through a scam perpetrated by businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles.

Instead, Revilla criticized the Aquino administration of failing to live up to the promise of its "Daang Matuwid" campaign.

He also accused President Aquino of meddling in the Renato Corona impeachment trial by asking him to convict the Chief Justice. Revilla said he refused to make promises to Aquino.

Malacañang has debunked Revilla's allegations, saying the President made no such request to the senator.