MANILA - Losing senatorial bet Rizalito David denied Tuesday that he is being supported by the Liberal Party in filing a quo warranto case and election offense complaint against Senator Grace Poe despite working for the LP in 1992.
Speaking to radio DZMM, David confirmed that he received financial support from "friends" to file the cases but denied that he got money from the Liberal Party.
"Wala po akong kaugnayan sa kahit kaninong miyembro ng Liberal Party. Ako po ay naging staff ng Liberal Party way back in 1992 nung panahon pa po ni Senator [Jovito] Salonga," he said.
David said he also worked as executive assistant of former senator Francisco "Kit" Tatad in 1992. Tatad is a known ally of Vice-President Jejomar Binay whose camp first raised doubts about the eligibility of Senator Poe to run in the 2016 polls.
In the interview, David said he already questioned Poe's eligibility to run for senator before the 2013 polls.
He said that as a Catholic, member of Ang Kapatiran and broadcaster of Radio Veritas, he will not allow his name to be used by anyone with a political agenda.
In the two complaints, David said Poe is ineligible to run for senator in 2013 because she remained a US citizen until late 2012. He also accused Poe of not meeting the residency requirement.
Senator Poe earlier asked Interior Secretary Mar Roxas if his people are behind the cases she is facing over her qualification to hold public office.
At a meeting on Sunday night at her house, Poe said she brought up with Roxas information reaching her that people working for him orchestrated the filing of the complaint,
"Alam n'yo, secretary, 'pag nag-usap tayo deretsahan tayo mag-usap. Pero may mga tao kayo na talagang tinitira ako sa likod (You know, secretary, when we talk to each other we talk sraight. But you have people who are hitting me behind my back)," Poe recalled telling Roxas.
Poe said Roxas, who asked her to be his running mate during the same meeting, denied it.
"Sabi niya, hindi niya raw papayagan ang gano'n kasi 'yon ang kabilin-bilinan ng Pangulo na kami ay magkasama sa layunin para sa ating mga kababayan, na huwag magsiraan (He said he won't allow it because the President wants us to be together in our goals for our countrymen and does not want us to put each other down)," she said.
In a separate interview, Senator Francis Escudero said he will find out who is behind the cases against Poe, and reveal it to the public once he knows for sure.
"Hindi ako naniniwalang biglang nagkaroon siya ng adbokasiya isang umaga paggising niya laban kay Senator Poe at tungkol dito (I don't believe he just woke up one morning with this advocacy against Senator Poe)," he said of David.
Escudero said it is possible either of Poe's two rivals if she decides to run for president could be behind the cases. He admitted, however, that he has yet to find proof.