A FORMER deputy Malacañang spokesman insisted Saturday there was no politics in his helping Nacionalista Party standard bearer Senator Manuel Villar get an audience with local church leaders in Bacolod City.

Former deputy presidential spokesman Anthony Golez Jr. said he merely facilitated the meeting between Villar and the local Iglesia ni Cristo, and nothing more.

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“Normally, Villar makes courtesy calls on local groups. I merely facilitated his visit to the local Iglesia ni Cristo,” he said on government-run dzRB radio.

Golez resigned his Palace post so he can run for a congressional seat in the May elections. He is running under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC).

The NPC’s Senator Loren Legarda is Villar’s running mate under the NP banner.

On the other hand, Golez said that while his and Villar’s families are friends, they are not automatically political allies.

“I don’t have enemies. In Villar’s case, his family and my family had been friends. But it does not mean I am with the opposition. I am not with the NP or with Villar,” he said.

Golez narrated he was in Bacolod when Villar and his party arrived. Villar’s camp asked him if he could help arrange a meeting with local INC leaders.

“It just so happened that I told his staff I can help arrange it,” he said. (JMR/Sunnex)