Lacierda to resign if Tatad's allegations are proven true
MANILA - Malacañang blasted former Senator Francisco Tatad anew, this time for alleging in a newspaper column that Janet Napoles served as the Palace "conduit" to release pork barrel funds to legislators.
The release of the funds was dangled allegedly in exchange for votes to impeach and convict then Chief Justice Renato Corona and to pass the Reproductive Health bill.
"I can categorically say that's not true," presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a press conference.
Lacierda said the legislators voted based on their own judgment and that the date of any disbursement could be checked on the website of the Department of Budget and Management.
"If he has any documents to prove [it], then show it. He just keeps on giving us innuendos. We are a very transparent administration."
Lacierda also offered to resign if Tatad could show proof of his earlier claim that Aquino had lunch with Napoles before she surrendered.
He added that Tatad should apologize for giving false information.
"By the way, he has not even identified the sources of his ‘lunch-with-Napoles’. I am still waiting for it. If he can prove to me that Napoles had lunch with the President, I would resign. Simple as that," Lacierda said.
"If he doesn't prove his claim…he should apologize to us."