Villar ready to answer committee report on C-5 road controversy

January 20, 2010 10:46 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 20 –- Senator Manny Villar expressed on Wednesday his readiness to answer the report of the Senate committee of the whole that investigated his involvement in the controversial C-5 road extension project.

”Definitely, if there is report already, I will answer it,” Villar said in an interview with Senate media.

The committee report is set to be presented at the plenary for debate and discussion before it will voted upon whether to adopt the findings of the committee of the whole chaired by Senate Juan Ponce Enrile.

The report recommended to censure Villar for his alleged unethical conduct for using his influence as lawmaker to realign the C-5 road project, costing the government some P6.2 billion loss.

Villar is ordered to pay return the P6.2 billion.

”That order is funny. First, is there such an amount of penalty? I know nothing that there such penalty in ethics. I know where they invented that,"Villar said.

Villar explained anew that there was no realignment that happened since there are two road projects – the C-5 road extension project which, he pointed out is a government project under the Department of Public Works and Highway while the other to be constructed by the Toll Regulatory Board.

Villar said he has already expected the 12 signatures of his colleague, sending the committee report at the plenary for discussion.

”I did not surprise me because I’m expecting it. The minority did not participate because we knew already the conclusion because it is politically motivated,” Villar said.

The senators who signed the committee report and are at the same time candidates in the coming elections are: Senators Noynoy Aquino, Jamby Madrigal, Richard Gordon, Mar Roxas, Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile. (PNA) V3/jfm

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