MANILA - Senatorial aspirant and former Sulu Rep. Nur-Ana "Princess Lady Ann" Sahidulla on Tuesday denied misdeclaring her joint 2009 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN) for which she was indicted by the Ombudsman.
"Na-politicize ako, ginawan lang ako, pinaimbestigahan na yung tao, walang nagsasabi na may ganitong pangalan, from different municipality wala din. Parang political distraction lang yun," she told radio DZMM's senatorial candidates' interview "Ikaw Na Ba."
(I was politicized, it was made up, the person was investigated but no one said that there was a name like this, even from a different municipality. It was just like a political distraction.)
"Wala na yun kasi yung mga property naming yun hindi pa kami naging politika. Kaya lang ganun talaga, ang dumi ng politika sa Sulu...pahabaan na lang ng pasensya kasi kung hindi, parang bahala na ang Panginoon."
(Those properties were from when we weren't yet public servants. Politics in Sulu is dirty. You've got to have patience or you leave it up to God.)
In December 2017, the Office of the Ombudsman indicted the former lawmaker and her husband Abdulwahid Sahidulla for perjury and violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
It said they failed to declare in their SALN a Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi Strada, and a 1,500 square meter property in Baliwasan, Zamboanga City.
Sahidulla, who is running under the Katipunan ng Demokratikong Pilipino, said the Zamboanga City property was an old estate.
"Isang (Toyota) Hi-Lux lang naman yan tapos isang bahay na yung kalumaan na yun," she said.
(It was only one Toyota Hi-Lux and an old house.)
"Napakalumang estado na yun tapos fictitious names ang nilagay. Three times na nag-hearing, walang witness na pumupunta. 'Yong bahay matagal na 'yon, lumang-luma na 'yun. Na-declare din [sa SALN] 'yon, gusto lang nilang i-disturb kami sa election dahil sa pagtakbo ng aking husband as a governor."
(It was a very old estate and there were fictitious names placed. There have been three hearings, no witness came forward. The house was very old. It was declared, they just want to disturb us in the elections because my husband was running for governor.)
Sahidulla said she is the "princess of the poorest of the poor" and that she is for the masses.
"Kasi minamahal ako ng mga mahihirap kaya para sa mahirap talaga ako. Yes, royal blood. Kahit royal blood ako, siyempre mas marami yung mahirap kaya dun ako, dahil nangangailangan sila talaga," she said.
(I'm loved by the poor, which is why I'm for the poor. Even if I'm of royal blood, there are more poor people and I support them because they are really in need.)
"Ang masasabi ko lang sana, kung sino ang nakapakinig sakin ngayon, suportahan ninyo ako, lalo na yung mga mahihirap dahil ako ay para sa mahirap. Kung magkaisa tayong lahat, tandaan ninyo hindi kailangan bilhin ang boto. Panahon na para magbago ang ating bansa."
(I want to tell those who listened to me to support me, especially the poor because I am for the poor. If we unite, remember that there is no need to buy votes. It is time for our nation to change.)