Alleged anomalies of Senator Frank Drilon exposed by a journalist

Carmen Pedrosa, a columnist and journalist at The Philippine Star, recently published an article that revolves around the actions and anomalous accomplishments of Senator Franklin Drilon as one of the fore-fronts of the opposition force-the Liberal Party. 

In her article, Pedrosa mentioned about the controversy involving, Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog who was alleged to be affiliated with illegal drugs and operations, which was consequently linked to Senator Drilon given the latter’s kin relationship with the former.

Pedrosa also urged her readers not to forget the connection of Senator Frank Drilon to the controversial Pork Barrel Scam as his involvement was assured by the culprit, Janet Lim Napoles herself.

“[Drilon] has been linked to drug dealing by a cousin of Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog who was tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte in his narcolist….Let us [also] not forget businesswoman Janet Napoles who said he was also linked him to the pork barrel scam….I hope with Napoles coming out with the truth on the PDAF scam that the Liberal head will have to face the music,” Pedrosa wrote.

The Philippine Star columnist also pointed out Senator Drilon’s pending case at the Office of the Ombudsman regarding his anomalous P65 million plunder offense.

“Former Senate President Franklin Drilon is facing a P65-million plunder rap before the Office of the Ombudsman a week after three senators were charged in connection with the pork barrel scam. The case is about Drilon’s alleged involvement in the supposedly anomalous and poor construction of the three-story Iloilo Hall of Justice using P200 million of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) in 1991,” added Pedrosa.

Furthermore, Pedrosa narrated how things unfolded after Drilon became the president of the Liberal Party vis a vis Noynoy Aquino who was then the sitting president.

“As soon as Noynoy was elected president the Liberal Party hosted more than a 100 international Liberal leaders to come to Manila to inaugurate the central office for Asia….The Liberal Party of the Philippines headed by Franklin Drilon played host to the biggest gathering ever of international Liberal Party leaders,” Pedrosa revealed.

“Present were the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD), Liberal International (LI), and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). Among the prominent Liberal leaders in the meetings were the Lord Alderdice, President of the Liberal International, Member of the European Parliament Graham Watson, who is also ALDE leader; Dr. Wolfgang Gerhart, former leader of the German Liberal Party and current Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) Chair; former International Labor Organization (ILO) Chairman Chung Eui-yong, Dr. Yoo Jay Kun, MP of the ruling Uri Party of Korea; Malaysian Senator Dr. S. Vijayaratnam; Italian Member of the European Parliament Lappo Pistelli; and MP Sam Rainsy, leader of the Cambodian United Opposition and President of the Cambodian Sam Rainsy Party,” Pedrosa expounded citing the statements of LP Secretary General, Rep. Neric Acosta.

To further elaborate on the matter, Pedrosa gave a brief backgrounder on how the Liberal organization was established and what are its consequent goals. The journalist also mentioned the considerable involvement and responsibility of the Liberal Party especially Drilon to the said Asian union.

“The Liberal International was founded in 1947 to promote liberalism, strengthening liberal parties and for the promotion of liberal democracy around the world…The Liberal Party of the Philippines (LP) is the current Chair Party and a founding member of CALD. It is the first Asian member of Liberal International. Drilon is the current Chairman of CALD while Acosta is the Secretary General.”

As a brief note, before she puts an end to her long post wary of the Liberal Party, especially of Senator Franklin Drilon, Pedrosa acknowledged the reason why European Union has consistently expressed disfavor against Duterte and his present administration.

Given the facts above, it is hereby implied how strongly linked Liberal Party-the major opposition force in the Philippines, is to several European organizations and unions. And they, as allies, therefore share the same goals and sentiments.

“It is not a coincidence that attacks on the Duterte government come from the European parliament,” Pedrosa ended.

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