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Dec
07

Sen. Trillanes Clarifies Issues Against Him

Sen. Trillanes clarifies the issues thrown at him by Apostol and the Arroryo administration. The demolition job continues and as usual, the administration will use all tactics to destroy Trillanes’s credibility. I suppose the radical senator continues to strike fear not only on GMA but on Esperon as wellHere is his statement. Also see attachment of his letter to Juan Ponce Enrile.

PRESS STATEMENT

Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Ref.: Nicon F. Fameronag, 09176238842

“This is to clarify recent news reports and headlines pertaining to my PDAF Allocation and yesterday’s court apology.

“It had been my campaign promise to waive my PDAF allocation and I remain committed to that. However, I was informed by my Senate staff that since I am entering in the middle of the Fiscal year of 2007, half of the P200M PDAF allocation per senator is already part of the budget and, therefore, cannot be waived anymore. Otherwise, if the said amount would not be programmed, it would be like giving GMA a P100M blank check. Hence, I decided to have my PDAF funds programmed to various public hospitals all over the country as well as for the construction of school buildings (see attachment A). This is not a crime!

“However, what had been conveniently excluded in the reports is my letter to the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile dated 28 Nov 2007, where I requested that my PDAF allocation for infrastructure projects be removed from next year’s budget (see attachment B), which is exactly my campaign commitment.

“As regards the court apology, it was very clear in the manifestation filed that the apology was addressed to Judge Oscar Pimentel and the Court since they were never the object of our protest to begin with. We remain firm in our conviction that what we have is a morally bankrupt administration that the Filipinos never deserved. Moreover, standing up against the most corrupt president in history is not something to be ashamed of and definitely not something to be sorry for.

Tuloy ang laban!

(Signed) Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV

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