SENATOR Manuel Villar Jr. downplayed the Senate investigation on his C5 properties and said his group is not recognizing any committee that conducted or will conduct the probe.

"It is purely a political issue and maneuvering concocted by my political enemies in the Senate to destroy me and my chances for the -presidency. There is no need for closure of this kind of investigation," Villar said, as he attended the Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo City on Sunday.

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He said he had already shown to the media the controversial road project and insisted those are two different projects constructed under the supervision of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

If it passed his property, the same road project also passed the properties of the family of Senator Noynoy Aquino, Villar said.

The Nacionalista Party (NP) standard bearer witnessed the world-famous Dinagyang Festival, together with his vice presidentiable Senator Loren Legarda and senatoriables Bongbong Marcos, Gilbert Remulla and Adel Tamano.

Tamano said the public has already moved on after the witnesses have proved Villar's innocence on the controversial road project.

Remulla, for his part, said the Senate investigation is never about the truth but purely about ruining the name of Villar and imperiling his chances for the presidency.

Presidentiable Senator Richard Gordon and his running mate, former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Bayani Fernando, Senators Mar Roxas and Bong Revilla, senatoriables Franklin Drilon, Ralph Recto, Ramon Guico, Riza Baraquel, Satur Ocampo, Tito Sotto and Neric Acosta were also in Iloilo City to witness the festival.