Lacierda to resign if ex-senator can prove claim of Aquino-Napoles lunch-A A +A
Monday, September 23, 2013
PRESIDENTIAL spokesperson Edwin Lacierda is ready to resign if former Senator Francisco Tatad could show proof that President Benigno Aquino III indeed had lunch with Janet Lim-Napoles hours before she surrendered.
Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda made the statement on Monday after Tatad came out with another story that Malacanang allegedly used Napoles as a conduit during the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona as well as for the passage of the controversial Reproductive Health Law.
Tatad reportedly said that the government released P69 billion to various non-government organizations affiliated with Napoles.
"If he has any documents to prove that, then show it. He just keeps on giving us innuendoes. I mean, we are a very transparent administration," Lacierda said in a news briefing.
He also said that Tatad, former public information minister of late President Ferdinand Marcos, did not identify his sources that Aquino and some members of his Cabinet had lunch with Napoles on August 28, hours before her supposed surrender to the President after about two weeks of hiding.
"You know, I'm still waiting for it. If he can prove to me that Napoles had lunch with the President, I will resign, simple as that," Lacierda said.
Tatad, quoting sources, claimed that Napoles was in Malacanang as early as 10:30 a.m. on the day that she surrendered and was escorted by Lacierda.
Lacierda said that if Tatad could not prove his claims, then he should stop.
"He should apologize to us. I mean, we're giving him too much… We're giving him too much news already. It’s all used. It's all not true, obviously," he stressed.
Napoles surrendered to Aquino past 9 p.m. on August 28 in Malacanang through Lacierda's facilitation. (SDR/Sunnex)