Kiko on GMA presscon: Yes, “nobody home” passing off pay-offs and diverting funds

June 25, 2011

Press Statement
June 25, 2011

Reacting to statements of former president, now Pampanga representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, that “nobody [is] home” in Malacanang, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, an Aquino ally and staunch critic of the Arroyo administration, said:

“Yes, GMA is right that nobody is home. Nobody is home in Malacanang passing hundreds of thousands of cash to pay off political allies in exchange for votes–or calling COMELEC commissioners on the cellphone for election fraud. Nobody is home receiving calls from cabinet secretaries who report about P200M bribe offers for government contracts, or instructing undersecretaries to divert funds meant for fertilizers to election campaign funds.”

He continued, “Yes, Malacanang has been exorcised of all these with GMA stepping down and as such we are truly grateful that nobody’s home who’s willing and capable of doing all that.”