Malacañang on Saturday declined to comment on a newspaperreport that the influential Iglesia ni Cristo is lobbying withsenator judges for the acquittal of impeached Chief Justice RenatoCorona. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the report inthe Philippine Daily Inquirer was based mostly on supposed sources,adding it would be better if the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) replied toit. ” Siguro hindi na tayo dapat magkumento doon. Unang basa ko saarticle, sources ang sina-cite. High Lumen Led Bulbs
It will be up to the INC to answer this particular write-up aboutactions supposedly attributed to them,” she said ongovernment-run dzRB radio. “It”s from sources, we don”t want… unlessit”s confirmed we”d rather not give a response,”she added. Valte declined to make further comments, pointing out it is hard toreact especially now that the political environment is charged. “We will wait for their [INC”s] position if they willanswer that query from the (Inquirer),” she said. T5 Led Tubes
On the other hand, she said it is up to the individual senatorjudges to react to the report, noting they have done so. She said the last time a senator judge took to the floor inreacting to newspaper reports was Edgardo Angara, the subject of amotion for inhibition as his son is with the prosecution side. The Inquirer story cited a “legislative source” who said the INC sent emissaries to work behind the scenes to try and swaysenator-judges to acquit Corona. Corona is expected to take the witness stand when the impeachmenttrial resumes on Tuesday, May 22. The Inquirer report claimed the congressional source named the INCofficials as Dan Orosa and Resty Lazaro, who it said had been doingthe rounds of senators since Congress went on a Lenten break. Led Lawn Lights Manufacturer
It said Orosa is a high-ranking INC official while Lazaro is alawyer for the religious group. Also, it said two other individuals, Manny Cuevas and Victor Cheng,helped out in the INC”s supposed pro-Corona offensive. But the report quoted its source as saying most of the senatorsrejected their feelers for a meeting, being wary of their motives. Cuevas, an INC member, is a brother of Serafin Cuevas,Corona”s chief defense lawyer. The PDI report said the primary targets of the approaches wereallies of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of Vice PresidentJejomar Binay and former President Joseph Estrada.
— LBG, GMA News.