Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Wednesday defended his colleagues linked to one of many personalities being investigated by the Senate blue ribbon committee on the P6.four billion smuggled shabu from China.
Pimentel urged the general public not to go judgment on his colleagues, rendering them “guilty by association” to businessman Kenneth Dong, one of many alleged “middlemen” within the cargo of shabu seized by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) final May.
Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto together with Senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Joel Villanueva, Risa Hontiveros and Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri stood as sponsors within the wedding ceremony of Dong in Nov. 2013.
Dong, stories stated, was amongst those that contributed to the marketing campaign kitty of Hontiveros and Villanueva once they ran for the Senate in final 12 months’s elections, donating P3 million every to them.
As politicians, Pimentel stated there’s nothing shocking about having various senators standing as sponsors in a marriage.
“We do not say ‘no’ as much as possible (to such invitations),” the Senate chief stated.
“Nangyayari po yan kasi we receive siguro a thousand invitations to stand as a wedding sponsor, sometimes baptism sponsor pa rin. Eh nasa politics po tayo, nasa Pilipinas pa tayo, ang kultura eh kung pwedeng pagbigyan, (we) avoid saying no para hindi masaktan, wala pong liability po yung nag stand ng sponsor. Una sa lahat, hindi naman nya (nila na) alam ang kabuuang pagkatao (nung kinasal) nung naging ninong or ninang sya (sila). Hindi naman namin kilala lahat na ganun kabuti. Ang guilty lang yung talagang may kinalaman dun sa krimen,” he stated.