Malacanang lauded Senate President Franklin Drilon for facing his complainant and answering questions in the Senate Blue Ribbon committee hearing. Presidential Spokesman Secretary Edwin Lacierda said Drilon, an administration ally, has set a good example that other politicians facing corruption allegations may follow.
“He was willing and he did respond to the queries posed on him by his fellow senators,” Lacierda added.
The Presidential Spokesman said, “We will leave it with the Vice President to decide whether he should follow the example of Senate President Frank Drilon.”
Drilon inhibited from the BRC hearing regarding the alleged overpricing of Iloilo Convention Center. The Senate chief attended the hearing as a resource person willing to answer questions from his colleagues.
Former Iloilo Provincial Administrator Manuel Mejorada is the accuser of Drilon, Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson and Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez – all administration allies. Mejorada alleged that the three conspired to put up an overpriced convention center in Iloilo. A case was already filed by Mejorada in the Office of the Ombudsman.
Iloilo Convetntion Center is expected to fully operate next to host the APEC ministerial meetings.
However, Mejorada admitted that he has no hard evidence to prove the allegation. “I have to admit that right now there is no evidence because I don’t have subpoena powers. But there was paper trail that will bring us to conclusion that there was somebody orchestrating all this.”
“I’m an investigative journalist, I rely on public records, especially published online sources,” Mejorada said when asked where did he based his overpricing allegation.