Sunday, May 17, 2009
Villar likely to be found guilty in 'double insertion' scam - Miriam
MANILA, Philippines - Administration Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago today said she is not amenable to the ongoing probe by the committee of the whole on Senator Manny Villar's "double insertion" case.
Santiago, who has not attended the preliminary inquiry due to chronic fatigue syndrome, said Villar will be eventually found guilty if the committee decides to divide its membership into majority and minority blocs.
"Definitely he [Villar] will lose in the voting because the majority has the numbers," Santiago said in a radio interview.
She said senators are already branded either as minority or majority members.
"Very few will be independent-minded on this. So how can we avoid [doubt] in the public mind that the decision will be objective?," Santiago said.
Santiago also advised senators who have presidential bids to inhibit themselves in the inquiry.
"Malaking cloud [of doubt] ang maaalis sa kontrobensyang ito," she said.
Villar has expressed his intention of running for the presidency in the 2010 elections.