Gordon hit over allegations vs Villar
The Philippine Star
MANILA, Philippines – The Nacionalista Party (NP) slammed Bagumbayan presidential bet Sen. Richard Gordon yesterday over allegations of unpaid loans by the companies owned by its standard-bearer, Sen. Manuel Villar Jr.
Lawyer Nalen Rosero-Galang, Villar’s chief legal officer, belied the allegations of Gordon, saying the senator from Olongapo has resorted to dirty tactics.
“We categorically deny that Manuela Corporation ever obtained a loan from the Social Security System (SSS). We challenge them to present documents to prove their allegations. We dare them to substantiate their accusations with solid proof,” Galang said in a statement.
Gordon claimed on Tuesday that Villar sent an emissary and offered to reimburse his expenses in the campaign in exchange for his backing out of the race.
He also accused the NP presidential bet during a radio interview of having unpaid loans with the SSS as well as the Pag-IBIG and Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF).
“This is an ‘ancient’ issue which has been repeatedly answered not only by Senator Villar but also by the government agencies concerned,” Galang countered. “None of the Villar corporations have existing unpaid obligation or undelivered undertaking or commitment to the HDMF.”
She said Villar’s corporations have meticulously observed and complied with all the policies, procedures and documentation required by the HDMF. – Jose Rodel Clapano, Aurea Calica