Bong says Mar behind Cunanan testimony

Posted at | Updated as of 02/26/14 2:07 AM

MANILA -- Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. on Tuesday said he received information that pork barrel scam witness Dennis Cunanan was just "convinced" by Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas to surface and testify against him and the other senators implicated in the anomaly.

"Wala sila makuhang witness against me, biglang may lalabas na Cunanan. Lumabas siya noong first hearing, wala naman siyang binabanggit na Bong Revilla tapos ngayon meron na. Ito ang totoong script na binabanggit ni Secretary Mar," Revilla said.

The senator said the information came from a close friend of Roxas and Cunanan. He did not reveal his source.

Revilla challenged Roxas to resign, who he said has been causing damage to President Benigno Aquino III.

"Every time he opens his mouth, it's a disaster," Revilla said. "Sunod-sunod ang kapalpakan niya, Tacloban, Zamboanga, puro siya yun eh."

"Kung ako sa kanya, mag-resign na lang siya kaysa magdala siya ng kapalpakan kay Presidente," he added.

Revilla stood up in the middle of the press conference to control his emotions while answering questions from the media, saying that he felt betrayed by a good friend in Roxas whom he was worked with for many years in the Senate.

"Hindi ito pelikula, totoong buhay ito, winawasak nila buong pamilya ko, walang script dito," he said.

He also emphasized anew that he never knew Cunanan personally and that no telephone conversation happened between them.

He feels this has something to do with his name floating as a possible presidential candidate in the 2016 elections.

"Lahat ito nagsimula ng pumutok pangalan ko na tatakbong presidente na dineklara ng mga kapartido ko, hindi pa naman ako nagdedeklara eh," he said.

Cunanan, director general of the Technology Resource Center (TRC), will be attending the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the pork scam set on March 6, according to committee chairperson Senator Teofisto "TG" Guingona III.

"We will scrutinize the testimony of Mr. Cunanan," he said.

The Blue Ribbon Committee has already coordinated with the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding the appearance of Cunanan Thursday next week.

"Ito'y kanyang mga pagsagot naman sa mga tanong na paano nangyari at sino ang dapat managot," Guingona said.

He said they still have to study further the affidavit of Cunanan to see whether they need to invite other whistle-blowers for the March 6 hearing.

Guingona also said they are still awaiting reply from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) about the status of other personalities mentioned by Ruby Tuason and Benhur Luy during the last hearing such as Mat Ranillo, Pauline Labayen and many others.