MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Monday asked the Senate to investigate recent information released by online whistleblower group WikiLeaks, which revealed that former President Fidel Ramos received P5 million from Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi for his 1992 presidential campaign.
Santiago, who claims Ramos cheated her in the polls, filed a resolution calling on the Senate electoral reform and Blue Ribbon Committees to conduct a probe on the matter.
Santiago suspects the money Ramos got from Gaddafi helped him cheat during the elections.
"This latest revelation from WikiLeaks is sufficient proof that Ramos is a thief," the senator told reporters in briefing. "He stole the elections not only from me but also the Filipino people."
Santiago also pointed out that receiving campaign money from any foreign source, directly or indirectly, is illegal.
Almost 20 years after the elections, Santiago maintains that she was cheated and says she does not want others to experience it.
"I feel compelled to do something, not necessarily for myself but for others in the future who wish to run," she said.
The leaked cable, sent by then US State Department Deputy Chief of Mission Raymond F. Burghardt on July 1994, quotes a retired university professor specializing in Islamic affairs as telling an embassy political officer that Ramos got the amount from certain Libyans. https://www.abs-cbnnews.com/-depth/09/03/11/wikileaks-cable-libya-gave-p5m-ramos-1992-presidential-bid
The cable did not say the money came directly from Gaddafi, but said retired De La Salle University professor Joel delos Santos was aware of then House Speaker Jose de Venecia's efforts on behalf of Gaddafi and claimed that Libya directed funds to Ramos' campaign.
"Apparently, Fidel Ramos went to Tripoli with former House Speaker Jose de Venecia just before elections in May 1992, not to broker a peace deal which was the purported purpose of the mission, but to receive P5 million from Moammar Gaddafi," Santiago said.