Locsin tags Ermita as source of 'Koala Boy' video

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 23 2010 12:15 AM | Updated as of May 23 2010 08:15 AM

MANILA, Philippines - House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms chairman and Makati Rep. Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin tagged former executive secretary Eduardo Ermita as the Palace official who supplied the video of poll fraud whistle blower “Robin”.

"It was Ed Ermita who supplied the tapes. I have nothing against Ed. Ed Ermita is supposedly part of it,” Locsin said in an interview in dzMM’s Pasada Sais Trenta Sabado.

Locsin also said former Environment secretary Lito Atienza, who lost in the mayoral race in Manila, and Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales appear to have knowledge about the exposé.

“Lito Atienza, he seems to know about it. We were talking with Bel Cunanan (Robin's spokesman), they need security. It was Lito Atienza who told me [to] call Bert Gonzales and he will give security," said the Makati congressman.

ABS-CBN tried to contact Ermita but he could not be reached for comment.

Locsin issued the statement in retaliation to Presidential spokesman Ricardo Saludo, who questioned the basis of his claim.

"Your editors should tell whoever did that reporting that they should ask Cong. Locsin. Kung kayo nagcocover ng Malacañang, kung narining n'yo ang Malacañang nagpahayag ng ganito, laban sa isang tao, your first question will be 'Sir, ano ho ang basehan ninyo?’ Well, why can't your reporters covering Congress do the same thing?" said Saludo in an interview over Radyo ng Bayan.

Locsin, however, said he will continue his tirade against the Palace if it continues on denying his claim.

“According to them, this guy (Robin) is for real... Fine. But as long as Malacañang keeps opening its mouth, I will keep opening my mouth,” he said.

He earlier scored Malacañang for urging the House committee on electoral reform and suffrage to stop hearing allegations of fraud from losing candidates and just leave it to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to investigate.

"That is surely rich coming from people who are behind the Koala bear gimmick, designed to throw into total discredit the superb leadership of the Comelec, which tried, not always with success. To prevent embedded operators and syndicates from capturing the new electronic election system," the congressman said. - With a report from Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News