Tiangco will not apologize to PNoy
MANILA -- Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco said he will not apologize for saying that the impeachment complaint filed against President Benigno Aquino III is being used as a “carrot and stick” strategy to seek more funds from the administration.
“[I] have nothing to apologize for. Besides, how can my remark be malicious when it was a banner story of a daily broadsheet on Oct. 3 in big bold letters, quoting President Aquino: 'Go ahead, impeach me'?" he said.
Tiangco, the secretary general of United Nationalist Alliance, earlier said the administration may even be behind the impeachment complaint filed by lawyer Oliver Lozano.
Allies of Aquino described Tiangco’s claim as “malicious.”
Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr. said: “Either scenario is insulting to the President and his congressional supporters. I don’t know from what side of his bed the gentleman from Navotas City woke up the morning he made those innuendoes.”
But Tiangco said they are overreacting.
"My only question to my esteemed colleague who was a member of the 14th Congress while GMA was President is this: 'Why was GMA not impeached, was it because she was loved by the people? I'm sure my friend Cong. Ben Evardone also knows why... LP supported GMA in 2004--they know how GMA remained to be President. They only left GMA because of political opportunism," Tiangco noted.
He said the allies of Aquino know full well the dynamics of the impeachment process.
He added that Barzaga should know how former president Gloria Arroyo survived her first impeachment because she was supported by her allies, which also included the Liberal Party. He alleged this came at a hefty price tag in the form of "pork barrel" and other lump sum allocations sourced from taxpayers.
"Again it was in the front page of the same daily broadsheet on Oct. 3: 'PNoy: Over P1 trillion misused during GMA term', and the report quoted the President as saying 'We wonder how much was lost, stolen toyed with, used in transactions just to stay in power?' Clearly, the insinuation did not come from me but PNoy himself," Tiangco said.
Tiangco said the impeachment case is also a numbers game.
"For the Liberal Party, the end justifies the means. In the Corona impeachment complaint, there is proof that P10 million was given and they know who they are. Call it by any other name, it was simply a bribe connected to the impeachment. Please read Articles 210 and 212 of the Revised Penal Code," he said.
"The impeachment will see the light of day once one-third of the congressmen support it. Or to put it more accurately, perhaps it will see the light of day if members of the majority in the House of Representatives see the light and turn their backs on Malacanang's DAP or other forms of Presidential Pork Barrel," he said.
He noted Lozano has always been part of impeachment complaints before “and the strategy is exquisitely Machiavellian.”