Thank You Mareng Winnie For Letting Us See The Light!

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Manny Villar blameless?

By Solita Collas-Monsod
Philippine Daily Inquirer

WHILE the Senate is declaring a moratorium on the discussion of the ethics case against Sen. Manny Villar, here are some incontrovertible facts, presented in Q & A form. The source of the information is also given.

  • Question: What roadway projects are the subject matter of the Villar ethics controversy?


    1. The Manila Cavite Toll Expressway Project (MCTEP), the original C-5 south extension project, linking SLEX with the Coastal Road;
    2. the DPWH C-5 Extension project (CX-5), which together with
    3. the Las Piñas-Parañaque Link Project (LPPLP), also links SLEX with the Coastal Road. Source: Senate Report (SR) 780.
  • Q: Is the CX-5/LPPLP project a realignment, as Sen. Jamby Madrigal describes it, or has there been no realignment, as Senator Villar’s allies insist?A: Technically there has been no realignment, because these are two separate roads linking C-5 from SLEX to the Coastal Road. But they are very close together and, in some areas, overlap, as can be ascertained from a site map.

    Source: interactive map available at
  • Q: Are there any differences between the MCTEP and the CX-5/LPPLP?A: Yes.
    1. The MCTEP is a joint-venture project between the government and a private Malaysian partner, with the government’s financial exposure limited to P2.68 billion for the purchase of the road right-of-way; the private partner is responsible for the construction of the project, for which tolls will be charged. The CX-5/LPPLP is a toll-free, wholly-financed government project costing P6.96 billion;
    2. The CX-5/LPPLP is longer than the MCTEP, its extra length essentially covering the LPPLP portion;
    3. The CX-5/LPPLP passes through more Villar properties than the MCTEP.Source: DPWH project documents cited as Exhibits A, B and TTTT in SR 780; site map from
  • Q: How large are the Villar company landholdings in the immediate vicinity of the questioned road projects?A: At least 50-52 hectares: 40 hectares in the vicinity of the LPPLP; 10-12 hectares in the area between Sucat Road and Multinational Avenue.

Source: testimony of Anastacio Adriano Jr., senior vice president and general manager, chief operating officer of Adelfa Properties Inc. and other Villar-owned companies up to 2008; self-styled consultant and political officer of Senator Villar since August 2008. Nota bene: Senate employment records do not include his name.

Nota bene: it is not clear whether the 50-52 hectares mentioned above include properties cited in SR 780—roughly 10 hectares in area—to be developed by Villar companies in joint venture with their owners.

  • Q: What is the involvement of Villar in CX-5 and LPPLP? A:
    1. The Project Feasibility Study of the DPWH for CX-5 states: “The conceptualization of and the initial release of funds for the CX-5 Project was initiated by Sen. Manuel Villar whose same efforts also paved the way for the funding of the Las Piñas-Parañaque Link Road [LPPLP]”;
    2. Various insertions and amendments (Priority Development Assistance Fund, read pork barrel) in the national government budget over the years 2002-2008 for CX-5 and LPPLP;
    3. Adriano (cited above), in the office of and presence of Villar, dictating to the director general of the Senate’s Legislative Budget Research and Monitoring Office (LBRMO) Villar’s proposed amendments to the 2008 budget, including a P400-million appropriation for the CX-5.

Source: documents submitted by DPWH, lawyer Yolanda Doblon of the LBRMO, testimony of both Doblon and Adriano, cited in SR 780.

  • Q: Were the Villar properties bought for road right-of-way overpriced?
    A: SR 780 argues for the affirmative; PSR 1472 (the resolution signed by Villar and his allies exonerating him from all charges) argues for the negative. This calls for a conclusion of the reader.

And to help that along, I have—based on the documented prices and acreage of the lands purchased in connection with the LPPLP—computed the weighted average prices that were paid for the Villar and related properties, and those paid for the non-Villar properties.

The results: The Villar/related properties, comprising 23,455 square meters, were bought for P168.1 million. The non-Villar properties, comprising 11,685 square meters, were bought for P22 million. That comes to a weighted average of P7,168 per square meter for Villar’s properties, and P1,880 per square meter for the non-Villar properties. That has to be a statistically significant difference.

Given the above facts—which no one can contest, since they are based on official documents, and not on a he-says-she-says set of assertions—it has to be reasonable to conclude:

  1. Since there was already an ongoing project (the MCTEP) linking C-5 to the Coastal Road, it was totally unnecessary to build a second one.
  2. Which means that there was a waste of scarce resources. Instead of using only P2.6 billion of government funds for the first project, the government had to spend an additional P6.9 billion for the second, which practically duplicated the first, except for the additional length which happily for Senator Villar, traversed his properties.
  3. This unnecessary, wasteful project was certainly Villar’s idea. It is specious to argue that it is a DPWH project. As the DPWH feasibility study states (in black and white), both the CX-5 and the LPPLP were conceived and initially funded by Villar.
  4. Villar benefited tremendously from the second project. Certainly, his companies were paid significantly more per square meter for the road right of way (which were mostly bought from him). But that pales into insignificance compared with the tremendous increase in the values of his real estate holdings in the area—at least 50-52 hectares.

Is he blameless? Is the Pope protestant? ###

**This article taken in its entirety and reformatted but not edited, from The Philippine Daily Inquirer:**


One response to “Thank You Mareng Winnie For Letting Us See The Light!

  1. Villar benefited tremendously from the second project. Certainly, his companies were paid significantly more per square meter for the road right of way (which were mostly bought from him). But that pales into insignificance compared with the tremendous increase in the values of his real estate holdings in the area—at least 50-52 hectares.

    Villar is an astute businessman. All the allegations that he is to be blamed, that he is not clean and therefore VOTERS should vote for Aquino, Gordon, etc. ….are natural TO be coming from those who do not want him to become the president of the Philippines. As a voter I like to hear from the candidate himself, not from others with sabi-sabi, daw, at binabaluktot ang mga itinatanong at mga hindi naman importante sa pagiging presidente ng candidato.

    This is not the last time the senate, Enrile and others have alleged wrong doings by those with ambition to become president, specially if their targets are their political opponents. Nothing much comes out of these allegations for the system of justice in the Philippines is in itself alleged to be corrupt. In the Philippines documents can be corrupted. Records are changed and stolen. Many bureaucrats and journalistsI are and can be bought. I think this happens seldom in the Philippines whereby a candidate of his calibre is running for office of the Presidency. For a start, I like to hear from Manny Villar himself. I copied the article below that tells how he spoke before the senate refuting their allegations. Of course, hewas right in not staying after that speech in order to protect himself from questionings that are intended to destroy his credibility. That is not the place to answer questions that are based on hunches and wrong assumptions.

    Villar denies benefitting from C-5 Road project
    February 2, 2010, 9:06pm
    After a long wait, Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Senator Manny Villar finally appeared at the Senate plenary Tuesday afternoon and faced his accusers on the C-5 Road project controversy, declaringthat the report of the Committee of the Whole, which recommended censure for his alleged unethical conduct, was grossly unfair.
    In his emotional privilege speech before 15 senators, Villar said he decided to come out to defend his name and honor, which he claimed is being tarnished by his political adversaries using the same recycled issue designed to pull him down and destroy his political career.
    “I am saddened that my colleagues continue to destroy and criticize me even without basis and whose only objective is to pull me down,” said Villar.
    Villar, however, left the Senate plenary hall shortly after delivering his speech, to the dismay of Sen. Jamby Madrigal and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. (COMMENT: He did the right thing in this regard)
    Madrigal, a complainant in the ethics case, said Villar was being unparliamentary and acting as a coward when he left the Senate session hall to avoid answering colleagues on his allegation that he is innocent of the charges. (COMMENT: parliamentary is when they must talk about pending laws. in this session they are intent in destroying him….they are fishing for what they can use against him…)
    To describe his situation, Villar said he is being pulled down by his political foes because of his continuous surge in the surveys lately. What is worse, he said, is that our Filipino crab mentality still persists.
    “Tayo raw ay parang mga talangka. Pag may isa sa atin ang naka-aangat sa buhay, siya’y pilit hihilahin pababa,” laments Villar.
    For the nth time, Villar stated that there was no double insertion and overpricing in the C-5 Road project where he was accused of having gained financially using his influence as Senate president.
    To prove that he is not hiding and coward, Villar said he had already explained many times in different forum and media his side on the controversy that he had committed no wrongdoing. And I am glad more Filipinos are beginning to believe him. Who would I rather believe? His political opponents? Those whose records are very clean because their records for performance is also clean…like a tabula raza. The best thing to do for those who do not have the calibre to lead is to do nothing to be safe.
    Amid strong criticisms, the embattled senator again defended the C-5 Road project which he said was necessary to ease traffic in the area and ultimately the travel of about six million residents of Cavite, Las Piñas, Parañaque, and nearby provinces. A justified, pragmatic reason.
    To refute allegations against him, Villar strongly emphasized his wealth came from sheer hardwork and not from any anomalous transactions. Erap for mahirap is not raised amidst poverty of Tondo. Manny Villar grew up in Tondo.
    “Hindi po ako nagnakaw kahit isang kusing sa kaban ng bayan. Mula sa aking mga magulang, minana ko ang prinsipyong ito: Na ang kahirapan ay hindi dahilan para magnakaw, Villar stressed. (COMMENT: “I did not steal even just a single centavo. I inherited this principle from my parents: Poverty is not a reason for one to steal.” THIS SHOULD GUIDE ANYONE AS TO WHO TO ELECT AS THE COUNTRY’S NEXT PRESIDENT. I believe what he says, not what other says about him whose intention is to destroy him.)
    He lamented that now that he had already achieved his dreams and is serving our countrymen, his political adversaries cannot accept the fact that he intends to lead the nation and save the people from the clutches of poverty.
    He said the barrage of attacks and criticisms against him started in 2008 when he announced his intention to run for president.
    Villar also said that what saddens him is that his political foes have been trying hard to put malice and doubts on how he was able to rise to what he is now. (COMMENT: Talanka mentality…mga naiinggit lamang.)
    He also brushed aside speculations that he would only enrich himself once he gets elected president of the country. (COMMENT: maybe they will believe him if he will have photo-ups with the Church’s cardinals and bishops.)
    Villar said: “Magpapayaman daw ako pag nanalo. Paano ko daw babawiin ang ginagastos ko sa kampanya. Bakit po? Kailangan bang bawiin ang nagastos?. Wala po sa isip ko yan. Wala po sa isip ko ang bumawi dahil hindi naman negosyo ang pagiging pangulo.” (COMMENT: Tama!)
    Villar said he finally decided to come out to set the record straight and present his side on the issue to stop his detractors from further pillorying him.
    He stressed that contrary to what people are made to believe, the C-5 Road extension project is not my personal project but that of the national government.
    But he expressed no regret about the project, saying he supported it as it would be for the convenience of the more than six million Filipinos. (COMMENT: And, he is one of those six million Filipinos who will be living in his Development. What is bad about this situation? It is a win-win for all. What is the complaint about? Mga naiinggit lamang sila.)
    He admitted that he proposed an amendment in the form of additional P200 million budget for a certain portion of C-5 Road, which is the flyover to be built in the Cavite Coastal Road. (COMMENT: I wonder if the other candidates like Aquino and Gordon would know how and when to propose an amendment for the benefit of the Filipinos…I read that Aquino has no amendment or any bill proposed in his 3 years in the senate.)
    But he reminded his colleagues that the P200 million is an additional amount to the budget of the same project, meaning the total appropriation of P400 million should have been reflected in the General Appropriations Act (GAA).
    He added that there was no irregularity in the insertion of P200 million as the amount covers a different segment of the road project.
    For your information, the proposed aggregate budget for the C-5 Road project is placed at P4.2 billion, Villar explained.
    He added that once the C-5 Road extension project is completed, travel time to the industrial parks in Cavite, Laguna, and Batangas will be shortened, translating to fuel savings for motorists.
    Insertion, per se, or amendment, which is the appropriate parliamentary lexicon, is not illegal as it is a right commonly observed within the realm of policymaking to allow lawmakers to adjust the proposed annual budget by introducing appropriate amendments, with the public’s welfare in mind, Villar stated.
    Villar also told his colleagues he never used his influence on the executive department to cause the realignment of the C-5 Road project. (COMMENT: I chose to believe him for he is believable based on the record of his performance, in the government and in his business.)
    “I was accused of using my influence on the executive to cause the realignment of the C-5 Road extension project to ensure that my properties in Barangay San Dionisio, Parañaque City and Barangays Pulang Lupa and Mayuno, Las Piñas City, are protected. As if that was not enough, I was also charged with financially benefiting by the construction of a new road, being that I am in the real estate business. All of those allegations are lies,” said an angry Villar. (COMMENT: And many will believe because most Filipinos believe in ‘sabi-sabi’ which is the nature of “allegations”…unproven indictment of others, specially in politics. This is one of the main reason why the Philippines is still 70% poor. Malas daw. I don’t think so. People are gullible and easily duped.)
    He even cited the Committee’s report which stated that “there is no evidence to prove the direct participation of Senator Villar in the overpricing of such properties.”
    Villar also challenged his accusers that if they have evidence, they should file the cases in the court. I am not above the law. No one is above the law. I am willing to go to jail if I had committed the crime that you accuse me of. (COMMENT: THIS IS THE MAIN REASON WHY HE SHOULD NOT SUBJECT HIMSELF TO QUESTIONINGS IN THAT CHAMBER. I WILL NOT EXPECT HIM TO BE SO STUPID TO ALLOW HIS ENEMIES TO ATTACK HIM WITH QUESTIONS WITH UNPROVEN ALLEGATIONS AND THAT ARE BASED ON WRONG ASSUMPTIONS.)
    But when proven innocent, I expect my accusers to be willing to go to jail as well for trampling on my integrity and for destroying my name, Villar said. (COMMENT: and I am sure this is the reason why no one comes forward to do so. they think he is so stupid like themselves to assert to question him unprotected….. I hope Manny Villar wins this election.)
    Villar said he was hurt that the baseless accusations came from his own colleagues at the Upper Chamber who he considered as friends. (COMMENT: Politics at home is dirty. Nobody is clean. But for the first time, it may get clean if he will win.)
    At the end of his speech, Villar said he is a man of dignity and that he oppressed no one. “I did not deceive anyone. What I have now came from my hardwork. What I only intend to do is to help our poor people. (With reports from Mario B. Casayuran and Hannah L. Torregoza)


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