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Noy offered extra P20-M pork for yes vote—solons By Charlie V. Manalo 03/23/2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

DOUBTS RAISED OVER NUMBER OF YES VOTES ON MERCI IMPEACH

Noy offered extra P20-M pork for yes vote—solons

By Charlie V. Manalo 03/23/2011

Personal calls from President Aquino to congressmen, allegedly offering the sweetener of an additional P20 million in congressional pork barrel in exchange for a yes vote, were all part of the presidential push to impeach Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez “resoundingly.”

These measures appeared to have done the trick, with an almost full House attendance, said to be comparable only to the congressional attendance during a President’s State of the Nation Address (Sona).

The additonal P20-million pork pledged is said to be taken from the budget savings which form part of the pork barrel funds of Aquino, congressional sources told the Tribune yesterday.

But the numbers in the plenary impeachment votes also didn’t add up, with some congressmen now questioning the accuracy of the vote count..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20110323hed1.html

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