TU bet Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis “Chavit” Singson accused deposed President Joseph Estrada of being the brains behind the Pelaez expose, saying that Estrada had given the mother-daughter team a “budget to sing.”
In a twin press conference and pulong-sulong interactions, with local officials and the Arroyo bets in Legaspi City, Albay, Defensor and Singson, seemed threatened over the backlash of the Pelaez expose and could impact negatively on their candidacies, as they appealed to Estrada and his forces to spare them the “mudslinging.”
“We are appealing to the opposition and to President Estrada not to subject us to black propaganda. The way things are going now, I have become the center of mudslinging through text messages, in newspapers, tabloids and broadsheets and television, despite the fact that I am not rating that highly. It would be better for them (opposition) to hit the others who rate higher,” Defensor said.
Singson said that even when he participated in the ouster of Estrada last January 2001, he is not brave enough to fight and that he is completely innocent over the move of Pelaez to link him to the demolition job against the deposed leader.
“I want to make it clear that I am not a brave man. It is I who does the laundry at home, but if Erap is serious in his intention to include us (he and Defensor) in the libel case he filed against Pelaez it is not going to be a problem, but it is also clear that it will be a case of harassment only.”
Singson and Defensor even charged that they are prepared to undergo lie detector tests with the two Pelaezes to prove their innocence.
Singson accused Estrada of being behind the Pelaez’s expose and alleged that Estrada financed the Pelaezes to come out in the open and destroy his, and Defensor’s senatorial bids.
“It’s election time. Who else is mad at me if not Erap? That is why I know it was Erap who gave Blanquita and Joelle a budget, to destroy me,” Chavit said.
I don't agree with Defensor and Chavit. I believe what really happened was that there was a huge some of money (agent fee) promised by the admin operators like Defensor and Chavit to the pelaezes if they make this and that accusation vs. Erap. But defensor and the admin failed to fulfill their side of the agreement (or deliver the full amount), kaya nagsasalita na ngayon si Blanquita at Joelle Pelaez.
If you think these kind of quid pro quo arrangements between the pelaezes and the admin hasn't been done before, think again:
CORPUS SHOULD ACCOUNT FOR P12-M ANTI-LACSON FUND
Military intelligence chief Col. Victor Corpus would have to account for the release of at least P12 million in intelligence funds that financed the investigation into his allegation that Sen. Panfilo Lacson has at least $700 million in banks abroad.
Previous reports, including that of Corpus' six-man investigating team led by Col. Mario Chan, showed government spent at least P12 million in the conduct of the probe.
Corpus also has to answer for his unauthorized release of intelligence reports to the media before he furnished Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes the same report.
These were among the recommendations of a Senate legislative research team to the Senate leadership in its 16-page draft report on Reyes' statements before the chamber during a three-day "Question Hour."
The report, signed by majority leader Loren Legarda-Leviste late yesterday, will be referred for plenary approval once the Senate has finished its deliberations on the anti-money laundering bill.
Aside from the two recommendations, the report also called for an inquiry by the Senate blue ribbon committee on the alleged payment of P9 million in "agent's fee" to Blanquita Pelaez for the "trip" on the supposed Lacson overseas accounts.
Pelaez, a PNP supply contractor blacklisted by Lacson, allegedly acted as informer of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines team in its month-long probe in the United States. She reportedly accompanied the ISAFP team to the US.
Here's another one, on the Mary Rosebud Ong case vs. Mike ARroyo:
'Rosebud' accuses Mike Arroyo of blocking P3-M agent fees
BATTLE ROYAL coming up: Mary "Rosebud" Ong vs President Macapagal-Arroyo's husband, Jose Miguel "Mike" Arroyo.
In a letter to the President, the controversial police agent yesterday accused Mike Arroyo of blocking her "agent fees" worth at least P3 million, ostensibly to keep her as a "reserve force" against opposition Sen. Panfilo "Ping" Lacson.
She also said an alleged Mike Arroyo publicist had told her that the notorious 14K gang would kill her, and that the President's husband had paid a businesswoman P12 million to file a civil case against Lacson in the United States.
Contacted for comment, Mike Arroyo sent a brief text message: "How can that be? I don't even talk to Ping. I have never even talked to Ping. Those are her own conclusions. You know me better than that. Cases vs Ping are still ongoing."
But in a phone call to the Inquirer later, he said:
"Rosebud is hallucinating. Maybe she has a problem with her handlers, but why is she blaming me and dragging me into the picture?"
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