MANILA - Malacañang denied Tuesday Senator Bong Revilla's claims it is behind a demolition job -- one that implicated Revilla and four other opposition senators to the so-called pork barrel scam.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Palace has no time for black propaganda because there are other pressing matters to attend to.
"Marami po tayong inaayos na problema, yung sa informal settlers, sa relocation nila, getting them out of danger zones. Marami pong problema na hinaharap ang pamahalaan at marami tayong sinusuong at pinagtutuunan ng pansin. Because of the focus on those problems, di na rin po kami nag-aatas pa or nagbibigay pa ng panahon para doon sa ganitong bagay," she said.
Revilla earlier said he finds it suspicious that only lawmakers not allied with the Aquino administration were linked to the issue. He stressed that he did not benefit from the scam.
"Porke ba may nagtutulak sa ating tumakbo sa 2016 ay wawasakin na nila ang aking pangalan?" said Revilla, whose party, Lakas, has named him its possible standard-bearer in the next presidential elections.
The senator said "someone from Malacanang had warned him that he will be "targeted."
"Eto na yun...This controversy has been engineered by the administration for only one purpose-to demolish the opposition, especially those who enjoy the popular support of our people."
Revilla supported calls to investigate the matter, while explaining that it is the responsibility of implementing agencies and the executive to make sure the funds lawmakers give are spent properly.
ANC The Bureau, July 16, 2013