Presensya ni Defensor sa MMDA meeting sinita ni Enrile; natalong kandidato, nagpaliwanag

Presensya ni Defensor sa MMDA meeting sinita ni Enrile; natalong kandidato, nagpaliwanag

August 12, 2022 @ 7:51 AM 1 month ago


MANILA, Philippines – Mariing kinuwestiyon ni Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Juan Ponce Enrile ang presensiya ni dating Anakalusugan party-list Representative Michael Defensor sa naging pagpupulong ng mga opisyal ng Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

“What was Mike Defensor doing in that picture of the official function of Metro Manila Development Authority that was published in social media? Was he an official, a consultant, an adviser, a factotum of some sort of MMDA? He was a candidate and loser in the last election, wasn’t he? What was he in that picture? The boss of MMDA? ang isinulat ni Enrile sa kanyang sariling Facebook page.

“Is that now a proper decorum in our current political world? I suggest we should be very careful in not carelessly showing an arrogance of power in our behavior as public persons, especially if we are somewhat identified with the current regime. Please ladies and gentlemen be careful! The public is watching,” dagdag na pahayag nito.

Aniya, bilang chief counsel ng Pangulo, mayroon siyang “legal and moral duty to protect Marcos from those who tend to take undue advantage of his kindness” at ang kanilang “seeming closeness to him.”

BIlang tugon, sinabi ni Defensor na kinausap niya si JPE sa usaping ito upang klaruhin ang kanyang naging presensiya sa MMDA meeting.

“Klinaro ko kay Manong Johnny kung ano ang naging participation ko during that meeting. First of all, I’m not an official, I’m not a consultant at hindi ako nagho-hold ng office sa MMDA. That is prohibited by law,” ayon kay Defensor.

“Nagkataon lang, doon sa meeting na ‘yun, ang pinaguusapan ay balik-eskwela. Because of my experience in the past, nung ako’y Chief of Staff, parati naming ginagawa ang balik-eskwela program,” dagdag na pahayag nito.

Giit pa nito na walang kautusan mula kay Pangulong Marcos na makasama sa MMDA meeting. Gayunman, nabanggit ng Pangulo na kailangan nilang tulungan ang gobyerno sa kanilang pribadong pamamaraan.

“Minabuti ng aking kaibigan at chairman ngayon ng MMDA na si Chairman Engr. Dimayuga, na mag-input ako sa pag-uusap… Wala akong suweldo diyan kahit singko at patuloy akong tumutulong kahit anong ahensya ng gobyerno,” ayon kay Defensor.

Sinabi naman ni MMDA chairman Carlo Dimayuga na walang official function si Defensor sa ahensiya. Inimbitahan lamang aniya niya ito upang humingi ng payo hinggil sa problema sa trapiko at programa na may kinalaman sa pagbubukas ng klase ngayong Agosto.

No comment naman ang Malakanyang sa usaping ito. Kris Jose