Villar: My vote in CJ trial is not about Aquino

Posted at 03/20/12 2:05 PM

Villar: I will not run in 2013

MANILA, Philippines - Senator Manuel Villar Jr. debunked insinuations he will vote to acquit Chief Justice Renato Corona to take a swipe at President Benigno Aquino III.

In an interview with ANC, Villar said “that is far from my mind. When I conceded, I already accepted everything.”

He said he will base his decision on available evidence. He commended, however, the defense for being able to build their case in favor of Corona.

While it is early for senator-judges to decide, “it looks like [the defense] can sew the pieces of evidence together, it would be interesting [to observe].”

He said the prosecution should be able to prove “intent” on the part of Corona to supposedly hide his assets and not disclose it in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth.

He said the issue is not about Aquino, who edged closer to the presidential post after issues were thrown against him during the elections. The senator ended up third in the 2010 presidential elections.

Villar said he did not feel bad that he lost, “only that my name was badly hurt.” He said, however, that he has already adjusted and has forgiven his enemies, as well as colleagues in the Senate who turned their back against him.

The senator said he never even thought of filing a protest, noting he would just become a hindrance to the programs of Aquino.

No longer running

Villar also admitted he had a lot of heartaches at that time but “I knew how to immediately bounce back.”

He said he had to “move on” also for the sake of his partymates.

In next year's elections, Villar is already planning to take a break from politics. “I’m staying away from politics for now.”

He said life does not revolve around politics. “In fact, I look forward to doing things [outside politics]. Just thinking about it is already making me happy.”