Palace defends ex-TRC chief

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Malacanang defended former Technology Resource Center (TRC) chief Dennis Cunanan from his detractors who are allegedly behind a “demolition job” after he agreed to become a provisional witness of the government in the pork barrel scam investigation.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma said Monday that the courage of Cunanan to come out in the open with his testimonies regarding the pork barrel scam "is no joke."

"(Cunanan) is not only risking his life but also the life of his family in divulging the truth behind the PDAF [Priority Development Assistance Fund] scam," Coloma said.

It can be recalled that a “demolition job” against Cunanan has reportedly been started by exposing his alleged ownership of a multi-million house and lot situated in Quezon City, including a number of high-end vehicles.

"Hindi makatarungan na pinaparatangan si Mr. Cunanan at hindi biro ang paglutang nito na bukod sa posibleng pag-initan ng mga opisyal ng pamahalaan na sangkot sa pork barrel scam ay ang peligro na madadamay pa ang pamilya niya sa pagsusuri ng publiko" said Coloma.

The Palace dared the critics of the new witness on the pork barrel scam "to make their accusation solid and with concrete basis."

Malacanang said it believes that the new witness of the Department of Justice will help in the probe and pinpoint the real culprits in the misuse of public funds.

Earlier, even Pampanga First District Representative Joseller "Yeng" Guiao admitted that Cunanan is a personal friend believes that the former TRC chief who hails from Magalang town will help the government in exposing the truth about the PDAF scam.

"Suportado ko si Cunanan not only for being a Kapampangan but also as a personal friend. Basta umaasa ako na sasabihin niya ang lahat ng katotohanan na kanyang nalalaman ukol sa PDAF scam," Guiao said.

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