Press Release
November 20, 2017


The Sandiganbayan has affirmed the dismissal of all charges against me concerning the allegedly anomalous acquisition of the Express Savings Bank, Inc. (ESBI) by the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA). All charges filed against members of my family in connection to the same case have also been dropped.

Integrity is the most meaningful measure of a person's worth as a public servant. Knowing this, I have tried my best to wield the powers of government vested in me with honor, transparency, and accountability during my 17-year career in public service.

Unfortunately, I have learned that some people will do anything to damage your reputation for political purposes, no matter how carefully you conduct yourself in public affairs. Hopefully, the triumph of truth over the baseless allegations unfairly thrown against me and family will redeem our reputations in the hearts and minds of the Filipino people.

I am grateful to the honorable Sandiganbayan for its fair and objective treatment of our case. I hope that this resolution will finally put the issue to rest, once and for all.

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