President Aquino explains meeting Revilla before impeachment trial was to lessen his pressures
January 22, 2014 7:32 am
MANILA, Jan 21 — Choosing to ease the pressure off one of the senator-judge’s shoulders, President Benigno S. Aquino on Tuesday said that meeting Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. was simply part of his job.
Pres. Aquino told Manila reporters that he met with Sen. Revilla before the impeachment trial of then Chief Justice Renato Corona in 2012, but stressed it was not to influence his decision on the case.
“I would have been irresponsible if I allowed the pressure to get to the senator-judges without acting," the President said.
He noted that he had received information that there was pressure being exerted on the senator-judges to decide the case not based on the evidence.
"We were trying to lessen the pressures on all of them," he added.
He also called on Revilla to explain where his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allocation was spent, as people were expecting it from him.
“Like any other citizen, he was accused and people want to hear his side of the matter. You would expect he would attend to that," he said in Filipino. (PNA)