Sen. Francis Escudero’s clarification belies Executive Sec. Paquito Ochoa.
Escudero has admitted that he had met with Ochoa twice, a day after Ochoa denied reports that he had been offering P100 million each to senators in exchange for ignoring the temporary restraining order (TRO) on the opening of the dollar accounts of Chief Justice Renato Corona.
Escudero stressed that Ochoa did not offer him any bribe in exchange for anything. But following his statement, the fact remains that Ochoa CONTACTED HIM.
In effect, Escudero said Ochoa still lied when the Executive Secretary claimed he did not contact any senator.
So who do we believe now?
In the first place, Ochoa should NOT BE GETTING IN TOUCH with Escudero or any other senator, for whatever reason, for as long as the Corona impeachment trial is in progress.
Escudero is a senator-judge.
Ochoa is the right-hand man of Pnoy, who has been very vocal about his desire to oust Corona. Whether Ochoa likes it or not, the purpose of his presence will; always be in doubt, if not construed outright as an INTERVENTION move by Malacanang.
Assuming that Escudero’s claim of not being offered any bribe by Ochoa is true, the question is what is the EARTH-SHAKING purpose of their conversation that it can’t wait after the impeachment trial?
That Ochoa had to get in touch with Escudero not just once but twice?
Ochoa is also a lawyer. It is INCONCEIVABLE to think that he WASN’T SMART ENOUGH to realize the implications of visiting Escudero, and TRAGIC if he deliberately ignored these.
Truth and transparency are two of the favorite words of the Pnoy Administration. Yet, Ochoa did not acknowledge having met with Escudero when he denied contacting senators and offering them bribes.
And all that we, the people, have as proof are the words of Ochoa,
I’m not saying that Ochoa is lying, but neither do I see any evidence or convincing reason to swallow his denial hook, line and sinker.
Unless INDISPUITABLE PROOF that Ochoa did not try to bribe senators is presented, don’t be swayed outright by his sheer denial. Neither believe the allegations of the defense in its totality.
Judge based on EVIDENCE and evidence alone, not on self-serving pronouncements or who has more press releases.
From the readers:
TO PNOY, LACIERDA, NAVARRO: SHUT UP!
Alam naman ni Lacierda na pagalis ni Penoy, kasama siya. At itong si Leah, tumanda pala ng paurong. Narinig ko comment ni Leah, hindi din niya naiisip na pag nagpanic mga bank depositors, madami magsasarado mga bangko at madami mawawalan ng trabaho.
Mas mainam pang pumasok na lang sa showbiz si Noynoy. Tutal, mahilig din nmn siya sa intriga.
Iyang si Leah Navarro, grabe yan kung manira, Masyadong ambisyosa na magkaroon ng puwesto sa gobyerno, di naman sya mabigyan.
Leah Navarro, ang laos na singer na gustong magkapera kaya kailangan ikalat ang saril sa kalye.
Kasi naman itong si Matt Ranillo III, kung bakit iniwan yang Leah Navarro na iyan. Ayan, di na naka-recover, pati bayan pineperhwisyo tuloy.
Laos na kasi!
The opening of the dollar account will be had during the defense's turn.. Everything will be disclosed at the proper time. We honor the process and we respect the rule of law. We need order in the court to make the impeachment proceedings come to a closure where there is a true exercise of democracy and adherence to the Constitution
Kung lahat ng presidente ay katulad ni Abnoy na walang alam sa batas, baka maging mongoloid republic tayo
GANITO KAKAPAL ANG MUKHA NI PNOY!
Give him a chance to clean up corruption . Give him all the tools he will need.. When he falters, then that is the time to cut him. Until then, let us give him the chance to show what he is capable of.
Renato Corona is a goner. The only one who can help him get a dignified reprieve is himself through resignation. The more he tries to fight the outing of the truth, the more he sinks. Twisting the laws to suit his interest, exploiting loopholes and technicalities, and exhausting all legal remedies just to prevent the opening of a bank account only create further impressions of maneuverings and guilt.
Do you really believe that?! Who are you working?
Si Corona, hindi makapal ang mukha?
HOW TO TREAT ALLEED OCHOA BRIBERY!
This is right. Be watchful, like a thief in the night.
Are we a forsaken country? Why are there so many evil people lurking in our midst na yung mga mabubuting tao na malinis ang hangarin sa bansa natin, sya pa ang laging nabibiktima ng masasamang elemento sa lipunan.
JOSE RAMON VILLANUEVA
Ochoa thinks and feels he is the Little President and untouchable ... but he has no talent of persuasion. He cannot persuade the public of his innocence. 30!
LOLITA BELEN of Cabuyao, Laguna
Naku, ang dami na nga nagdeny...obvious ba?
I follow this blog daily. Keep up the good work. Danger Signs is an understatement.
On a positive side, chance na ng mga Pilipno na itama nila ang pagkakamali nila nung 1986. N.alinlang kayong lahat. Buti di ako kasali.
If the allegation is true, further investigation must be done and it must be done by independent auditors. Such practice must never be tolerated. Prompt action plans must be undertaken right away for the sake of the Philippine government and the Filipinos.
True or not, whose money? Taumbayan. Pilipino, magmasid. 30
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