12 senators want ethics case vs Villar dismissed

Twelve senators on Monday signed a resolution urging the Senate to junk the ethics complaint against Senator Manny Villar Jr., a presidential aspirant in next year’s elections.

The 12 believed that Senator Ma Ana Consuelo Madrigal, who filed the ethics complaint against Villar, failed to prove her accusations that the Nacionalista Party standard bearer profited from the C-5 road construction project by the government.

Villar is also accused of realigning the C-5 road extension project to benefit properties registered in the name of corporations that he and his family own and control. There was also supposedly a conflict of interest on Villar’s part when he did not divest himself of interest in corporations whose properties were acquired by the government for road right of way for the Las Piñas-Paranaque road.

“The undersigned senators find that there is nothing to hold Senator Villar for disorderly behavior in the performance of his duties as senator,” Senate Resolution 1472 read.

Those who signed the resolution were Senate Pro Tempore Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr, Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Pilar Juliana Cayetano, Lito Lapid, Gregorio Honasan II, Joker Arroyo, Miriam Defensor Santiago, Ramon Revilla Jr., Francis Pangilinan, Villar and his reported running mate, Loren Legarda.

The signatories said the allegations that Villar was behind the double insertion of a P200-million fund for the C-5 construction project in the 2008 national budget was not established despite the 20 hearings conducted on the case.

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