MANILA - Senator Cynthia Villar said her inclusion on the list of those who have allegedly received kickbacks from Janet Napoles is reminiscent of the political persecution her family experienced in 2010.
“This political persecution masquerading as a search for truth is reminiscent of what we experienced during the 2010 presidential elections. My husband, Manny Villar, and I endured malicious allegations that up to now remain unproven. It pains me to see that some quarters resort to dirty tactics to pursue political ends,” she said.
Her husband ran in 2010, but lost after his name was dragged into the controversy surrounding the construction of the Circumferential Road 5 road in Las Pinas and other issues.
Villar’s name was included on Benhur Luy’s list published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Wednesday.
Her husband, former Senator Manuel Villar, was also named. The latter was also included on Senator Panfilo Lacson’s Napoles list.
“It is unfortunate that my name was included in the so-called list of senators and congressmen who allegedly transacted with Napoles' bogus NGOs. As I have said in the past, I do not know Janet Lim-Napoles and I did not have any transaction with her or her NGOs,” she said.
She asked the public to be open minded.
“I urge the people to be more discerning of these attempts to misinform and besmirch a good person's reputation. As a senator, I am committed to deliver the promises I made to the Filipino people to provide livelihood and help lift our poor people from poverty,” she said.