Press Release
February 11, 2010

No special attention on Ping's case - Villar

Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Manny Villar yesterday said that if elected president, Sen. Panfilo Lacson will not get any special attention, good or bad, over the latter's involvement in the Dacer-Corbito double murder.

"Wala namang special privilege at wala ring special prosecution. Kung ano ang proseso ngayon, iyon pa rin. Walang pagbabago iyan. Tandaan natin na there is a rule of law, napakahalaga na ibalik natin ang integridad ng hudikatura," Villar told reporters in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

Villar yesterday resumed his campaign in Laguna, the birthplace of national hero Jose Rizal, with an early morning market tour in Biñan.

He then proceeded to Sta. Rosa where he met with Mayor Arlene Arcillas-Nazareno. After the meeting, Villar told reporters that he will let the ordinary course of justice work on the case of Lacson.

"Walang pagbabago. Mayroon tayong sistema ng gobyerno at hustisya. Walang madadagdag laban sa kanya," he said.

"Meron tayong justice system at iyon ang masusunod kung ano ang dapat mangyari. Sa ngayon ay wala tayong alam kung ano na ang nangyayari kay Senator Lacson at sa iba pang kasama natin sa pulitika," he added.

During his market tour in Biñan, Villar was accompanied by Laguna Rep. Dan Fernandez in surprising hundreds of stall owners, workers and buyers with the unannounced visit.

The senator found time to shake hands with the people in the area and momentarily stopped at the fish and shrimps section.

Villar said he has chosen a market tour to open his campaign because he was once a fish and shrimp vendor himself when he was young.

After Biñan, the NP presidential candidate proceeded to the town of Sta. Rosa, where he met with Nazareno.

Villar and the rest of the NP senatorial slate kicked off their campaign for the coming elections in Calamba, Laguna last Tuesday.

The NP earlier said it chose to launch its "good fight" in Rizal's birthplace "because the cradle of heroes is always the best springboard of change."

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