Pichay denies receiving money from AFP slush fund

By Angelo Gutierrez, abs-cbnNEWS.com

Posted at Feb 18 2011 02:11 PM | Updated as of Feb 19 2011 12:09 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Former Surigao del Sur Rep. Prospero Pichay on Friday denied that he received military funds during the time of then chief of staff Diomedio Villanueva.

“That I still have to collect because I have not received a single centavo from the Armed Forces,” Pichay, a former chairman of the House national defense committee, said at the resumption of the Senate’s hearing on military corruption.

In a previous hearing, former Armed Forces budget officer and whistleblower George Rabusa said that every time Pichay made a visit to the office of Villanueva, former military comptroller Carlos Garcia would order him to prepare P500,000 for the congressman.

Rabusa said Pichay went to Villanueva’s office at least 3 times.

Pichay denied the allegation. He said “not even once” did he visit Villanueva’s office.

He said that the only time he went to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) general headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo was when he was invited to attend a command conference.

During the hearing, Pichay asked Rabusa if the former military budget officer saw him at the office of Villanueva.

Rabusa replied: “No, your honor.”

Villanueva, who appeared at the hearing for the first time,, said he could not recall his supposed meeting with Pichay because it supposedly happened 10 years ago.

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, meanwhile, suggested during the hearing to revisit the visitors’ logbook of the Office of the Chief of Staff during the time of Villanueva.