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Bishop meets Binay graft whistleblowers

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Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo (Photo: CBCP News)

MANILA, Oct. 27, 2014— A Catholic bishop interested in the corruption allegations hurled against Vice President Jejomar Binay has met some of the whistleblowers of the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building II.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, who chairs the CBCP Committee on Public Affairs, met seven whistleblowers for about three hours at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ (CBCP) main headquarters in Intramuros, Manila last Friday afternoon.

Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada, key witness in the NBN-ZTE deal, and some nuns also joined the meeting.

The prelate said they want to secure information from the witnesses, who did most of the talking, to help them assess the controversy.

“We want to know their point… because we are searching for truth,” he said. “We just asked them to be honest because we will support the truth,” Pabillo said.

Among the witnesses in the meeting identified by the bishop include former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado, Attorney Renato Bondal, and Nicholas “Ching” Enciso.

Pabillo said he also found out other details from the witnesses, particularly some information that had not yet been revealed in the ongoing Senate probe “for the lack of evidence.”

“We learned many things, but we still need to verify them because it’s to take allegations without proof,” added Pabillo.

The bishop said the door is also open for Binay and other accused if they want their side to be heard.

“We also urge him to tell the truth for us to verify the allegations against him,” he said. (CBCPNews)


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