Aquino denies trying to influence senator-judges



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MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III has denied trying to influence senator-judges in the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona but indicated that he still needed to speak with the lawmakers to push for the administration’s priority legislation such as the Sin Tax Reform Bill.

“There’s actually a mechanism called the [Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council]. There’s a sin tax [bill] that comes from the House. The Senate may concur or may amend for this to pass,” Aquino said in a radio interview in Malacañang.

“Can I just, while the impeachment trial is ongoing, rely on prayer for you to understand what we are trying to pursue with this bill that we submitted to you? I don’t think that would be right,” he added.

The President said he knew where to correctly place himself whenever he has to talk to lawmakers to push for certain bills.

“It doesn’t mean that just because there’s an impeachment trial, legislation of the laws we need would already stop,” Aquino said.

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  • efffyoufools

    how could guilty people even mention the prayer and GOD in their daily speeches. tsk tsk tsk .. not good.

    • adam_d_ant

      and you haven’t mentioned the name of the almighty in your prayers? you’re as guilty as the rest of us. 

       why pray when you’re already perfect?

  • Guest

    I have listen to the prayers of the senators during the impeachment. In many occasions, the prayer was  full of hypocrisy. I can sense that the person who was praying was trying to make a joke for everybody to laugh. Well, many of these senators are a joke. No wonder!

  • EdgarEdgar

    It wouldn’t make sense for Noynoy to openly admit he’s trying to influence the senator judges. Behind the scenes however, he’s already doing it. Getting 16 votes for conviction remains an uphill battle for Noynoy. Something he must learn from here on — in life he cannot always get things his way. Learn to work with the system and change things from within, if social change and social justice are his real intentions.

  • ely

    pretending to be a righteous person…

    yellow tards noynoying incorporated…

  • billygunn23

    whenever aquino opens his mouth, it’s like listening to the weather bureau predict a fine weather the next day while everybody is swimming in waist-deep flood.

  • Joaquin


  • simon

    on the day the 13 senators agree to uphold the TRO, the SENATE became futile. that is the reason why other government agency needs to come in. 

  • mekeni62

    ha ha ha.why so defensive mr president?

  • OneSearch

    Some people will really like to see u influence the senators, Mr President. This means your good side and your commitment to change the system. One solid block at a time, slowly but surely. Aanhin ang mabilisan kung ampaw naman. Sabi ng iba, bilisan daw dahil marami ang nagugutom na. Pero matagal na pong gutom at puro pansamantalang remedyo lang kaya walang pagbabago in the long run.

    • robrano

      The good side? Influencing judges and r5unning cases is simply a bastardly crime. Who will get fair justice if rich and powerful people can influence and manage the case? But for the “good” president, fairness and obeying to law and constitution is not found in his sick brain, only hate and vengeance. In the case of Corona even without real reason since Corona did nothing to Noy, except resolving the decades old Luisita problem which started before Noy was born and which due to Noy is no matter to him. We can see that, he is not trying to influence, he is trying to command the verdict and outcome. A good side……..

      • OneSearch

        ok, we like the president to command the verdict and outcome while doing the noynoying, become streetmart when others call him clueless, perhaps kamay na bakal when others call him lampa, go and punish those who plunder the nation, including the one with 82 dollar accounts and so on. please mr. president do it soon. with this, they will know the power and the resources put on your hands by the majority of the Filipinos thru democracy. Fairness, rule of law, constitution? Only when suited to their personal interests.

  • Homer Guo

    madalas, matatawa ka sa mga tanong ng mga reporters kuno. engot na mga tanong na hindi naman dapat itanong na, obviously. tulad nito at sa lovelife nung tao: masyadong mababaw at showbiz. dapat sa mga reporters na kuno na to mag aral ng “the art of questioning.”

  • John_Galt_II

    Ingles ng ingles ang presidente hindi tuloy maipahiwatig ng tama ang gustong sabihin. Hindi na lang kasi mag tagalog!

  • maximus_meridius

    Maniniwala pa ba kayo kay Abnoy Pinocchio?

    • SimounIbarra

      Maniniwala ka pa ba kay Corona?

      • pulis

        Oo kasi type ni Pnoy si CJ..He!he! hindi ba nyo nahalata na wala syang gusto sa mga babae?

  • Jose

    Of course he’s influencing the senator-judges.  With something this political and considering the circumstances, it’d be nearly impossible for him to not do so.  And frankly, there really isn’t any need for him to be denying this, as Corona’s camp is obviously trying to influence the judges as well.

    That said, he’s right that this trial can’t mean no progress on legislation is made.  Attacking corruption is an integral part of his governing strategy, and that’s a good thing, but at the same time the country has other problems that need to be handled.  The sin tax bill is a start, but I’m hoping progress on the RH and FoI bills is made soon.

  • gatak

    and what is wrong with a president influencing senators and other elected officials on matters that will be good for the country? that’s part of his job. to push whatever agenda he has in mind. 

    • Lambert Arceo

      i beg to disagree aquinot won’t influnce the senator – judges to convict cjc.
      if he want to meet with the senator-judges, why not after the iompeachment trial…full of baloney.
      it’s obvious. if he has the delicadeza to avoid doubts, therfore do meet with the senator-judges after the trail is done.
      that’s what you called decency.

      • SimounIbarra

        Because there are other works to be done aside from Impeachement.

  • Hey_Dudes

    So long as it does not include breakfast in Malacanan with a pabaon of brown envelopes with lotsa moolahs in it as was the practice of the old Mafia syndicate who almost brought the country down to it’s knees in external debt, it should be normal for any president to try.

  • UsoUso82

    politics in the third world nation means camaderie. we are just consuming most of our time in politics but no action to the top priorities, example placing our land as a haven for tourism, in creating more jobs for the 11million poor families today. we have been the first republic in asia but never outdone our neighbors in creating prosperity for the nation, because we quarrel too much with our personal differences. we can not out-live our own egos for the sake of others, and that is leadership. Pnoy remains mediocrity in performing his duties bec he is still a boy in politics.

    • PHforFEDREP

       the solution is amend the constitution… create a federal republic so that our differences will mix..

  • cantonese

    I noticed that a lo of ATENEANS are doing a lot of Pinoy’s dirty linens? THOSE PEOPE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE INTELIGENT NOT TO BE USED.

  • opinyonlangpo

    Funny. Treating as if everybody was born yesterday. Not all Filipinos are idiots.

    • Ramses

      yes, but a good number of pinoys are idiots..and most of them are professional idiots… know why? they can’t see the obvious… CJ has admitted that he has DOLLARS (not in SALN) and will open it up in, NEXT WEEK, DUE TIME, NEXT WEEK but present morales first, PROPER TIME, give us 2 days to prepare for CJ’s testimony… but they can’t see that… they’re mediocre intelligence can’t digest the whole denial game of the supreme magistrate…

  • Lambert Arceo

    i beg to disagree aquinot won’t influnce the senator – judges to convict cjc.
    if he want to meet with the senator-judges, why not after the iompeachment trial…full of baloney.
    it’s obvious. if he has the delicadeza to avoid doubts, therfore do meet with the senator-judges after the trail is done.
    that’s what you called decency.

    • SimounIbarra

      Because there are other works to be done aside from Impeachement.

    • rosamistika16

      so you mean while there is impeachment trial, PNoy must not meet with the senators and forget all official business with them because of this impeachment and for reason of delicadeza and avoidance of doubts. waaaaahhhh!!!!  then after that you will say PNoy is doing nothing and he is just concentrating on the trial, yeah?

      come on man! if there is somebody you should have told to have delicadeza, it must be the chief justice not the president! after all he is just doing his job!

      did the president meet the senators secretly? think man, don’t be like crab!!!

  • Ramses

    the biggest insulting comedy of this soap opera is, the defense is giving out their full intelligence for FREE. and i say, yeah it’s funny!!!!

    i wonder which of these dollar accounts are allotted to them…

  • Jon

    May naniniwalapa ba sa iyo Pwehnoy?
    Kung nobya nga di kayang tumagal sa iyo, yung mga politiko pa?
    Sa presinto ka na lang manawagan.

  • prangka

    Deny all you want. It depends on us whether we believe you or not.

  • vir_a

    Ginamit nga nila ang media and the survey firms to influence the mind of the judges.

  • Lloyd

    tong c abnoy sinungaling na noynoying pa

  • missaya

    how about the Freedom of Information Bill, hindi ba i pu push ni Pnoy ? matagal na yan ha nasa mesa ng mga ka alliyado…

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