Villar tried to stave off censure: Enrile

MANILA, Philippines (1st UPDATE) – A day after recommending the censure of Sen. Manny Villar over alleged unethical conduct, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile revealed Tuesday that Villar and his Senate allies met with their group several times to convince them to change their position on the C-5 “double insertion” controversy.

In an interview over radio dzMM, Enrile, who is allegedly facing a coup plot hatched by Villar’s allies, said Villar invited him to lunch to discuss the Senate Committee of the Whole inquiry on the C-5 road extension project.

During their discussion, Enrile assured Villar of a fair hearing in the Senate inquiry if the latter just presented his evidence. He said Villar kept trying to persuade him to drop the inquiry and even hinted that he would be willing to repay Enrile for the favor.

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