Zubiri laments Pimentel attacks



Former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

LUCENA CITY—Former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri on Thursday said the allegation of former Senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. that he bought a slot on the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial ticket was unfair and baseless.

Zubiri also said he was sad about the continued attacks by Pimentel’s son, Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, that he cheated in the 2007 elections.

“That money thing was not true, and it’s baseless,” Zubiri said. “I don’t have money. Never that money matter was involved. As a matter of fact, I only have P1,000 in my pocket today for gasoline.”

But he said that despite the personal attacks against him, he still respected former Senator Pimentel.

Zubiri was here as guest of Quezon Governor David Suarez, a longtime friend, at the launching of the provincial government’s project that aimed to plant two million mangrove propagules in one day.

In an interview over Radyo Inquirer and with Inquirer Bandera Thursday, Zubiri decried Senator Aquilino Pimentel III’s verbal attacks as “pure harassment.”

“He can get fake ballots anywhere but he has no corroborative evidence at all,” said Zubiri, who resigned from the Senate last year when it became apparent that he would lose the recount of the 2007 senatorial votes to Pimentel.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed Pimentel the real winner of the 12th Senate seat after Zubiri’s resignation.

“This is sad,” Zubiri said, “There are many issues to tackle, and we are stuck with allegations of cheating that happened years ago.”

Zubiri is running again for the Senate in next year’s midterm elections. Pimentel is running for reelection. The UNA, led by Vice President Jejomar Binay, has invited both to run as its senatorial candidates.


But Pimentel has refused to join the UNA, saying he could not stand on a campaign stage with a “cheater.”

In the interview on Radyo Inquirer, Zubiri said he was dismayed that people continued to associate him with the Arroyo administration.

“I hope the public will look at my performance as a senator and as a congressman,” he said.

In Lucena, Zubiri defended the UNA leadership from the accusation of Pimentel’s father.

“It (the money matter) was all untrue” Zubiri said. “No one can say that to Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and former President Joseph Estrada. They are all respected figures. The statement was unfair to them.”

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  • johnllander

    Ibagsak ang mga trapo sa pamahalaan!
    Huwag iboto ang mga trapo!
    Huwag iboto ang una! Sila’y mga trapo o mga anak o asawa ng mga trapo!
    Huwag iboto ang mga kandidatong kabilang sa mga political dynasties – sila’y mga sugapa sa kapangyarihan na ayaw nang ipasa sa ibang mga Pilipino na mayroon din namang kwalipikasyon magpatakbo ng pamahalaan.
    Huwag iboto ang mga kandidatong walang kwalipikasyon kundi ang maging popular lang at anak ng mga dating trapo rin.

    • ApoLapullapu

      Ibagsak na rin ang mga politikong kahit walang nagawa ay nanalo dahil sa popularidad ng kanilang mga magulang.

  • gardy_versozi

    medyo may respeto pa sana ako ng kaunti kay zubiri, pero yung sabihin niya ‘i don’t have money’, and sasabihin nga 1000 lang pera niya ngayon pang gasolina, mapaglinlang talaga. dahil nga checkbook at credit card ang dala.

    • marionics

      he he habitual na sinungaling hahaha

  • johnp72

    Sana nga ay di na iboto ang mga ito… at ang mga taong may sumasali sa mga political parties at sa tingin ko sa oras na sumali ang isang tao sa isang partido ay lahat ng kanyang desisyon ay dapat lang na susunod sa nanaisin ng partido kaya wala na silang kusang pumili at magdesisyon na ayon sa kanilang prinsipyo.

    Kaya payag ako jan, huwag iboto ang mga tradisyonal na pulitiko at ang kanilang kapartido. Mas naisin ko na bumoto nalang ng independent candidate.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WGPPPNRGS6TMMOSDC43QMF3SNI Elizabeth

    “That money thing was not true, and it’s baseless,” Zubiri said. “I don’t have money. Never that money matter was involved. As a matter of fact, I only have P1,000 in my pocket today for gasoline.” said Zubiri. He he he! This guy is a bluffer. During gloria’s time, we was awared P4 billion pesos on his “Jetropa project” which was suppose to produced green fuel. He was harping that there was 1,000s and 1,000s of hectares available for the project. He he he. Remember, right now, landless tenant farmers from the south troop to Malacanyang to implore PNoy to institute giunine land reform (It was granded according to the news.). The question is, in spite of our mountains already invaded by Coconut Farmers, all our lands has owners, what more to declare that there are lands available for “Jetropa.” In short, Zubiri was lying to his face on the land needed for Jetropa.

    The question now is should the Filipino people hold Zubiri accountable for the failed project? It has to be taken into account that these stoogie politicians are raiding the treasury as though it is their own. Another gloria.s crony is the Congressman from Quezon, Danilo S. Suarez who was able to receive 1 billion pesos on his own pet project. After receiving that amount, nothing, absolutely nothing was ever heard of Congressman’s project.

    These people should be held accountable to their brazen attempt to cheat the Filipino people of much needed funds on their ghost projects if not haphazard projects.

    Tapos, sasabihin ni Zubiri na 1,000 pesos lang daw ang nasa bulsa niya. Balooney.

    • mhonski

      and as a malacañang trolls, why don’t u make him accountable based on your “facts”.

    • robrano

      Very stupid. Zubiri did not say that he only owns 1000 psos, just that he has not that amounts to waste and buy a slot without any warranty to win. And U&NA can not spend billions of tax money to support its candidates like Noy will do.

  • joshua kings

    the issue migs is you cheated or at least, you benefitted from it, in the last senatorial elections which almost rendered the real winner, kiko, unable to serve his
    rightful place as duly elected senator of the land…
    migs, if you didn’t cheat, why did you abruptly resign?

    ang kapal mo!

    • Facilitator1

      Tactical move ang tawag, Kabayan…He (Mr Z) knows that if he didn’t resign as a senator, ang tsansa nya to WIN sa susunod na NATIONAL ELECTION is slim to none…kaya MATALINO sya na medyo tuso…opinion ko lang IGAN…PEACE…

    • nakawan

      here’s a hypothetical for UNA: why don’t you pick some other maverick lawmaker who commands more respect and promise than either Migz or Koko? change the image up a bit, puro trapo kayo e

  • quirinomayer

    Para matapos na ito at malinis mo ang iyong pangalan kung malinis nga iyan, punta ka sa showbiz program ng GMA sa darating na Linggo at pasalangka sa lie detector test nila at sagutin ang isang tanong: May alam ka ba sa pandarayang ginawa si GMA para sa senatorial slate nya noong 2007 noong kasalukuyang nangyayari ito?

  • alconce

    The folks of Cagayan de Oro rejected Koko Pimentel when he ran for mayor. Some even claim that he can’t make it even as a Baranggay Kagawad. Does the people of cagayan knows something we don’t.

    • marionics

      well maybe koko was cheated even then? hehehe

    • bbguevara

      Koko won as Senator. Does the entire populce know something that the Cagayanons don’t. The bible says prophets are never appreciated in their hometown.

      • alconce

        The reason why prophets were never appreciated in their hometown is because their propagandists were nothing but uneducated goat herders claiming of invisible man to have inspired them and wrote what they now called the bible. However, no prophet ever came out nor the end of times took the lights out of the universe. Even the second coming of the messiah whom they prophesied to return in a few years after the ascencion did’nt show up at the expected time. Prophets? They’re no better than fortune tellers and voodoo masters.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/J5BB77BW5KJN7BPNS5YSYGJZTQ Jeff

    A proven cheater trying hard to look clean in the same vein as Corona.

    Signing the waiver at the last minute and resigning at the most inauspicious moment
    does not release them from the liability they created for themselves. There was no confession nor act of contrition…..nothing but deceit and falsehood.

    The very same tricks, masterful cheaters have perfected.

    Very slick!

    • wind

      halata na rin yan mga strategies ng mga cheaters na yan, i wonder marami pa rin ang nahihikayat nila para botohin sila. Zubiri was called senator of MAGUINDANAO, from Bukidnon ng mga taga South Cotabato/GenSan. Alam nila ang cheaters during the 2007 elections. sino kaya ang maglalabas ng evidence? Binaoon na yata lahat sa Shariff Aguak malapit sa mansion ng mga Ampatuans.

  • legislex

    We should not allow this cheater to return to the Senate. We should campaign against UNA this early because election is fast approaching. We should not allow these TRAPOS to gain or to continue to be in power.

    We should start convincing our friends, co-employees, neighbors, and relatives NOT to vote these TRAPOS. I hope that a movement of volunteers for kontra trapo will be organized in order to coordinate our efforts this early. I also hope that a site will be put up in the internet for this movement so that we can update and encourage each other on how we can work against these TRAPOS.

  • Ulipur

    Accomplishments as Senator

    1. Biofuels Act

    2. The Magna Carta for Private School Teachers

    3. Act Providing for a Magna Carta of Students

    4. Act Instituting the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, Repealing Republic Act No.
    6425, as Amended

    5.Rent Control Law

    6.AFP Rate Base Pay Increase

    7.Wildlife Conservation Act

    8.Renewable Energy Act

    9.Cooperative Code of the Philippines

    • http://www.facebook.com/noblefortress Ethel Cauguiran Garcia

      asan na ang jethropa? one thousand na lang ang natira sa isang bilyon? kaya pala lalong pinakakapal ang mukha sa pagsasabing hindi siya nandaya gayung di naman kapanipaniwala!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/KNCRPDU3VZZ3HAOL53SO3UZ3NU Juan

        In fairness, Jatropa project was under the DENR, as far as I’m concern it was planted in different provinces, In Visayas, Neg Or and Occ. All over Caraga provinces, Comval, etc. . however during implementation some sector are against it like the NPA, environmentalist but that’s another story. . Migz is just the author of the Law. .

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/KNCRPDU3VZZ3HAOL53SO3UZ3NU Juan

        BTW, I know because I work as CO in Caraga NGO and we had cross visit with other provinces. .Tx

    • bbguevara

      If this is true, which i doubt if he is the sole author, the problem with our legislators is they keep on enacting laws which never get implemented due to lack of funds or lack of political will. So much for the legislative paper mill.

    • Facilitator1

      Are you trying to insinuate or tell us that Mr Zubiri’s performance/accomplishments as a senator justifies/exculpates his illegitimate/unwarranted membership to the August body?

    • Erewhon Revisited

      LOL. Softies.

  • wind

    from all i read… too many people believe that zubiri is a liar… cheater. i totally believe you’re right on that. zubiri said, “i have no money. i have only 1,000 peso in my pocket.” i hope everybody will remember this line until voting time and beyond!

  • azkal futbol

    As a matter of fact, I only have P1,000 in my pocket today for gasoline.” tandaan po ang ugaling ng mga sinungaling at manlolokong pulitiko na katulad ni zubiri. 1K ang pera ngayon, pag nanalo, 10M ang saln… sinungaling na, mandaraya pa. tama lang na sa UNA sila magkakasama… magnanakaw at mga sinungaling

  • disqus_F7NxgCOapC

    sinong may sabi sa iyong respetado sina erap, enrile at binay? mr. zubiri malaki ang utang mo sa bayan, pinasweldo ka ng taong bayan ng apat na taon. samanatalang di pala ikaw ng senador.

    • Don Dee

      Dapat isoli nya yung 4 years (hindi lang suweldo) pero yung 4 years na naging pekeng senador siya at ka-alyado ng pekeng presidente. ISOLI mo zubiri. Kung kaya mong isoli, sige pwede ka ng tumakbo.

  • simpleng_mamamayan23

    cheater cheater..purong kapal ng mukha talaga tong si zubiri

  • ddano

    Bakit ba nagpipilit maging Senador ito, alam niya natalo siya nung nakaraang election , at nag-resigned lang nung mabuking na na-proclaimed siyang nanalo dahil sa Dagdag-Bawas. Iboboto ba ng matitinong botante ang ganyang klaseng kandidato? Tapang ng Apog ang pinaiiral nitong si SUBI RI.

    • nakawan

      kelangan na ng pera

  • ApoLapullapu

    Most of the comments here are against Zubiri but the real target is Binay. Most of these probably come from an office near the Pasig River.

    • mhonski

      and provided with macbook laptop. para saan pa ang 2 PR department ng malacañang. you should see how sen. zubiri works sa congress pa lang. from simple attendance to bill na naging batas.

      • ApoLapullapu

        Koko is hurting himself. The old political ploy of attacking and accusing opponents is passe’. The people have realized that attacking political opponents is based on the old tactic in basketball. “The best defense is offense.” Attack the weaknesses of your enemies to shield your own infirmities from public view. Bisaya ra ba unta ni si Koko. Yawat na lang madugangan ang mga Senador from Mindanao.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/KNCRPDU3VZZ3HAOL53SO3UZ3NU Juan

        Sakto g’yud ka, silingan raman unta, nganong dile magtinabangay. . Ingon sila nga magparente pa sa kasal. . Di gud mag-away, may pagkabuang g’yud. .

      • ApoLapullapu

        Tan-awa ra god si Koko. Sigi lang pangyam-id. Di man ingon si Nene ana!

    • mhonski

      ur right. para saan pa ang pinamudmod na macbook kung hindi gagamitin sa mga ganitong black propaganda.

    • Erewhon Revisited

      All of ApoLapullapu’s comments here are against Pnoy but the real goal is to sanctify Gloria. Funds for these kinds of activities (without a doubt) come from a patient in a hospital in the corner of North Ave. and Mindanao Ave.

      • ApoLapullapu

        I am writing from an old secondhand laptop somewhere in the impoverished regions in Mindanao. I know how people in imperialist Manila have manipulated the economy of our country to their own advantage. The best time for us farmers was during the time of President Fidel V. Ramos when he concentrated on improving the economy instead of acting as a hypocrite running after perceived enemies. We suffered the brownouts all because P-Noy put a protegee of a family engaged in power generation. Are you also one of those writing from a macbook?

      • Erewhon Revisited

        “running after perceived enemies” – I’ll pretend that I 100% believe you on this. But for once did you try to ask who these perceived enemies are? Grace lee’s ex’s, Joey marquez, his barber?No, These people are accused of plundering the nations coffers. I know, I know, “Blaming the former admin”, iisa lang ang takbo ng isip ng mga supporters ni Mrs. Arroyo. “perceived enemies” These people has to answer in court about the accusation against them, and if you’ll check the all the cases filed against them, either Vote manipulation or Corruption.
        Do you understand why? Kasi kung gusto mo ng maraming corruption, kailangan tumagal ka sa position by vote manipulation.

        The best thing for “you” farmers (as you claim you are, although i’m sure you’re just doing a corona act to get sentiments, pa add narin sa farmville), is to make sure that these kinds of activities will never be tolerated again, not unless supporters ka rin Imelda Marcos na ang sarap ng buhay katulad ni Mayor Erap.

        Kahit si pang santo maging presidente natin ngayon isusumpa nyo din kasi mahirap na tayo ninakawan pa ng pera.

        Ang takbo kasi ng isip mo at mga sumasangayon sayo ganito.

        LaFulaFulpol: Pengeng pera kailangan ko
        Gobyerno: Ok, Hintay kalang sandali,
        LaFulaFulpol: Tagal naman, buti pa nung si Ramos
        Gob: Eh nanakawan kasi, ginagawan naman ng paraan konting hintay lang, at hinahabol narin namin yung mga salarin
        LaFulaFulpol: Letse, wala akong pakialam, wag mo lang ubusin oras ko.

        Next time ang I-post nyo nalang “We want the previous administration back, let’s forgive and forget. we are a Christian Country, let us also forgive other perceived enemies like the Ampatuans”

        Sorry, HInabaan ko na yung reply ko, Kasi nasa Batanes ako bilang tagabantay ng lighthouse, at pinadala ko lang to sa pamangkin kong nasa Trinoma through Snail-mail kaya medyo natagal.

      • ApoLapullapu

        Ok diyan ka na lang sa lighthouse mo total macbook naman ang gamit mo ngayon! Congratulations!

      • Erewhon Revisited

        Macbook, hahaha. atleast I don’t the get usual treatment anti-corona/gloria gets everytime a Pro-Corona/gloria runs out of argument. expletives. Thanks. LOL

        It’s an old Dell Inspiron 6000

  • dmaxx_trip

    After the recount, Zubiri’s votes were proven as product of cheat. He was proud and tall during the Arroyo’s administration that he told his constituents that the votes he got was all in honesty. Now, he was singing another tune. We shall not vote a personality like this.

    • mhonski

      do you know the word “recount”? asan ang napatunayang cheat doon e recount nga lang ang ginawa, a**hole…

  • dmaxx_trip

    how can a simple constituent trust a personality like Zubiri’s? he was proud then that he never cheat his winning as a senator but after the recount he sings another tune. Inunahan lang niya ng resignation ang result ng Comelec recount to save his face. Now he is coming back as if nothing happened. The voters must be aware of history of Zubiri

    • $25214711

      Finally! a voice of reason. Korek ka dyan

  • nakawan

    UNA is like a murderer’s row of trapos; an all-star team of the country’s oldest parasites. Is it any wonder they’ve all joined forces now? Winds of change threaten their existence so now they’re pooling all their resources to reclaim their kingdoms.

  • http://twitter.com/annabektas annabektas

    Stop fighting Migz and Koko. Just work together to probe Gina Lopez resort in Palawan that used Bantay Kalikasan funds.

  • robrano

    to Elizabeth
    Very stupid comment. Zubiri did not say that he only owns 1000 psos, just that
    he has not that amounts with him to waste and buy a slot without any warranty to
    win. And U&NA can not spend billions of tax money to support its
    candidates like Noy will do, Pimentel included if he “recondition” his consciousness to LP..

    • $25214711

      Hindi ko po ma get. paki tagalog naman po.

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    pa underdog effect pa
    ang may alam sa pandaraya

    lakas ng media budget

  • John_Galt_II

    tanginang to! papano naging respected figures sila Estrada, Binay at Enrile?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KNCRPDU3VZZ3HAOL53SO3UZ3NU Juan

    Tingnan na lang nating sa 2013 election kung sino ang mananalo. Ang masaklap, sa kaka-away ng dalawa, batuhan ng kung ano-ano, puro sila talo. . Si TJ na lang ang representative ng Mindanao. . Talo ang Mindanao

  • bahog_itlog

    I’m not going to vote this guy. I hope many would do the same. This is the only way to get rid of these kind of people from power.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/U2J4DJQPQ4PON73N3KBZYXCNCM Francis

    2 anay sa senado nag aaway na sa nakalaang pork barrel na 200M

    • hustlergalore

      at least yung isa totong nanalo samantalang yung isang pineke ang pagkapanalo. LOL

  • wakats


  • $25214711

    because you’re a lousy cheater. Hindi mo masisisi ang tao kung ayaw kang kasama. Ang mandaraya kapatid ng magnanakaw!

  • pening

    Malas mo associated ka kay GMA, so tell what you know people might change their mind youare a cheater.

  • $25214711

    I not a fan of koko (for all I know he is also a trapo) but can you imagine how much money Migz got when he was a senator? That’s tax payers money. You guys believe that he don’t know nothing about the cheating? He still got the nerve to run again.

  • noypisiTED

    This nonentity agrees completely with
    Sen. Koko Pimentel when he said that what he doesn’t like for Migs “the
    cheating senator from Maguindanao” Zubiri joining UNA was that he’ll be
    paired with the man who was the quintessential model of poll cheating.
    When Zubiri said he resigned after he was convinced of the massive
    cheating that took place in Mindanao, don’t believe him. It was because
    all the odds were stacked against his favor and the political climate no
    longer conducive (as the “Daang Matuwid” dreadnaught was then beginning
    to warm up) to hang on to a position that wasn’t his in the first place
    had forced him to resign. I was flabbergasted to know Vice Pres.
    JojObama Binay and the Erap, both of whom this nobody supported in their
    respective political run, insisting to include a soiled political
    figure in its line up for UNA’s senatorial candidates. Can they not find
    somebody who won’t drag the image of UNA down, someone who don’t have
    extra baggage that may slash the party’s advances to certain victory?
    The rate UNA’s supercilious disregard of good taste and principles in
    picking its candidates like Zubiri, voters will have second thoughts in
    supporting the opposition party’s candidates. I never had high regard
    for Sen. Pimentel until after hearing him say there are still life’s
    principles that aren’t for sale. Winnability more than honor and
    principles as the gauge in choosing UNA’s candidates I’m beginning to
    have second thoughts if supporting UNA would only bring the nation back
    to the old, “what are we in power for” and “weather-weather”, rotten

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PDRFQZRK6QOIGLLW46ELFGYCNE deep

    “This is sad,” Zubiri said, “There are many issues to tackle, and we are stuck with allegations of cheating that happened years ago.”

    Yes, and you not only benefited from it but took part of the conspiracy. You stood neck ans neck to fight for your stolen post, if not for the persevering man who fought all this years to prove your cheat.
    SHAME ON YOU, paawa awa ng mukha parang hindi loko loko…

  • don2011

    News said “Former Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri”. “Former Senator”? Talaga lang ha.

  • Erewhon Revisited

    “I only have P1,000 in my pocket today for gasoline”

    Ito ang nangyayari kapag ang kandidato ay pumupunta sa kaduluduluhan ng Pinas habang eleksyon para magpakilala, pero hindi na babalik pagkatapos makaupo.
    Akala nila mayayaman lang nagbabasa ng mga balita, walang paki aalam at madami parin silang maloloko.

  • Barak_O


    friend of the little girl

    had he not resigned he would have acquitted thief midnight

    no way for this cheat and fake senator

    big no for him

  • hustlergalore

    “That money thing was not true, and it’s baseless,” Zubiri said. “I don’t have money. Never that money matter was involved. As a matter of fact, I only have P1,000 in my pocket today for gasoline.”

    – natumbalelong naman ako dito sa matter of fact na ito. bakit magdadala ka ba ng milyones as cash every day? ang lakas maka-motherhood statement. lumang linya na yan, oi! as a matter of fukc!


  • hustlergalore

    Cheata-er, ganda lalaki!

    he he he he

    – rene requiestas

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/JQI7ACPTNS65URDEQ3KRYKCPDY Henry

    Sen. Koko Pimentel’s vindictiveness will eventually get back on him. His un-statesmanlike behavior will turn off the voting public. His attitude is not about fighting for principles anymore but obsessive hatred. He should be reminded that filipinos usually take the side of those being unjustly pilloried in public.

  • talagalangha

    Do not reelect ANYONE! No one is that good to be worth reelecting….let us stop corruption by NOT REELECTING…kahit sino, wag na…pili na lang lagi nang mga bago,
    mas exciting pa….Eh paano kung magaling naman, puwede, pero after one election cycle na lang ulit, so NO ONE gets to hold on to power…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NPON5WTAIOOBJE52P74TNVO3OU noel

    wala pang election eh nagaaway na……………hehehehehe ano ba yan…….

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