The Black & White Movement joins the public outcry over Manny Villar’s refusal to face investigation in the Senate. He has dangerously adopted identical tactics and arguments made by the GMA administration. He calls valid and necessary scrutiny of his official actions as mere political noise, when the issues raised involve fundamental questions over his fitness for public office.
Sen. Villar claims that he has been truthful, that he has indeed defended himself. In his own words via a radio interview, he says, “Subalit nasagot ko nang isa-isa iyan. Nasa internet na lahat iyan, may website tayo, dini-distribute ko lahat ng sagot namin dito sa C-5.” With all due respect, the internet was not the proper forum for a defense – the hearings were conducted in the Senate. Sen. Villar should have taken the stand and testified under oath. That is the least expected of a person who is running for the presidency of the Philippines.
A man who has posed as an oppositionist against GMA and her lying, cheating, and stealing has used the GMA playbook to evade accountability for his own acts.