” Those who have no sin, let him cast the first stone,” said Jesus Christ when he spoke before a throng of Jews who accused a woman of adultery. No one threw a stone nor a pebble.
It is in this context that I ask Senators Jamby Madrigal and Ping Lacson–can you possibly say with all honesty that you did not use your power to influence any activity in government? Did you or did you not, in one instance or another, use your influence to push for a project?
Yes, they would probably tell me. Yes, there are instances where we used our standing to push for a project. But, this is different, Pat. We are casting a stone against Senate president Manny Villar because he used his influence to gain more money from his projects. We pushed for projects using our influence, yes, but we did not gain a single cent from it.
Imagine, Senator Enrile categorically saying that Villar did, indeed, requested for a double insertion in the C-5 project. Yes, Villar did that, and the good senator admitted it. He did push for that project because it would benefit his constituents. Yes, they will gain from the C-5 project, I agree, Mr. Villar. They’ll benefit from a flyover without a road. They’ll benefit from it, especially those living in your subdivisions.
Who pushed for the c-5 project to pass the properties of Brittany and Vista Land? Villar. Who gained from selling “right of way” properties worth 1,500 per square meter to 15,000 per square meter? Villar. And who’ll amass billions of billions of pesos from that C-5 extension road? Villar.
Madrigal and Lacson are right–this is not a political issue. No. This is plain and simple corruption or plunder even. Villar should be cruxified and jailed.
Erap and Jinggoy are laughing right now. Remember that Villar banged the gravel when he was Speaker of the House, after accusing Erap of plunder. Erap is now free, and those who accused him of crimes against the people, are those who are now being accused of the same. And this time, there’s no Jose Velardes.
Those who have no sin, let him cast the first stone.