January 20, 2010
MANILA, Philippines—Senator Manny Villar Wednesday admitted he was hurt by a friend’s sudden turnaround on the ethics case filed against him over the controversial C-5 road extension project.
Villar was referring to Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, who signed a committee report that recommended his censure.
“It is hurting as a friend. But of course he can’t do anything because he’s just abiding with the decision of LP (Liberal Party),” he said. Pangilinan is a member of the LP.
“Maybe it’s really like that. When it’s election time, there’s realignment,” Villar said.
Pangilinan was among the 12 senators, who signed the recommendations by the Senate committee of the whole even as he also signed an earlier resolution seeking the dismissal of the ethics case against Villar.
Pangilinan explained that he was just following the decision of his group.
Pangilinan and Villar are members of the so-called Wednesday Club at the Senate along with Senator Joker Arroyo, former Senator Ralph Recto, and Vice President Noli de Castro.
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