Tatad stands by story on Napoles-Aquino lunch-A A +A
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
DESPITE denials of Malacanang, former senator Francisco Tatad is standing by his story that President Benigno Aquino III had lunch with alleged pork barrel mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles hours before she surrendered.
Tatad said he does not doubt the reliability of his Palace source and that he will not allow himself to be duped with information considering the gravity of the issue.
"I am convinced that the story of our source is true. I have not had a story that has been disproven," boasted Tatad in the Church-organized forum in Manila.
He said he is more convinced after the statement of Malacanang did not contain any direct denial on the supposed Aquino meeting with Napoles.
"Walang denial na nakipag-meet sila with Napoles. Hindi dineny na hindi pumunta si Napoles doon. Bakit hindi nila sinagot ang basic question?" asked Tatad.
In his column, Tatad related that Napoles was already in the Palace in the morning of August 28 with presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda and had "closed-door conversations" for the next six hours with him, Aquino, and Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.
This contradicts Palace's story that Aquino had attended different events that day, including one outside Malacanang.
That night, Napoles surrendered to Aquino in Malacanang with Lacierda emerging as the one who facilitated it.
Malacanang responded by accusing Tatad of offering a "fabricated" story adding that the latter appears to be having a hangover of how it is during the Marcos era.
Tatad is the Minister of the Public Information of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos.
But according to Tatad, instead of insulting him, Malacanang should just disprove his and his source’s claims.
"Wala ng insultuhan. Sawa na tayo sa ganiyan. Walang maidudulot 'yan sa bayan. 'Yung totoo na lang para sa bayan," said Tatad. (HDT/Sunnex)