Legarda denies P100-M offer for House break-in video

November 22, 2011 10:47 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 22 – Senator Loren Legarda denied on Tuesday reports that she offered P100-million for copies of a closed circuit television (CCTV) video of the alleged break-in at the House of Representatives in Quezon City in 2005.

”First of all, where do I get P100 million?,” Legarda said in a media briefing at the Senate press room.

Legarda, who was the running mate of the late Filipino movie king Fernando Poe Jr. in the 2004 presidential elections, admitted that Bureau of Customs Intelligence Officer II Joel Pinawin tried to sell to her the video but she turned it down.

”After we have been cheated, a video about cheating was offered to me. That’s painful. I told him (Pinawin) to just give the video for free so that it can boost our case filed in the Supreme Court,” she said.

Legarda said she instead instructed Pinawin to talk to her lawyer, Atty. Sixto Brillantes, who is now chairman of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

”Atty. Brillantes has also asked them to just give us the video but they refused to give it. We were allowed to watch the video but they did not give it to us,” she added.

The lady senator said the video was the same video showing the security breach at the Batasang Pambansa Complex as part of alleged plans of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to rig the 2004 elections.

”That was the same video shown to us seven years ago. I think everybody has already watched that video. I watched it but they refused to give it to me,” Legarda said.

When asked if the video will be used against Mrs. Arroyo who has been charged with electoral sabotage, Legarda said she did not know if “it will be used as evidence.”

Legarda said she felt vindicated after the joint panel of the Commission on Elections and Department of Justice filed electoral sabotage charges against the former leader before the Pasay City Regional Trial Court.

”Now it has come out, so there is justice in this world. What is important, there’s vindication and justice,” she said.

Legarda filed an electoral protest against former Vice President Noli de Castro in 2004 but the case had been dismissed after she ran and won convincingly in the 2007 senatorial election. (PNA) scs/jfm

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