Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Need an emergency loan? Call Secretary Gaite!

Are you a fugitive on the run and badly need quick cash?

You're problems are as good as solved. Just give Deputy Executive Secretary Manuel Gaite a quick call from wherever you are and he'll spot you up to Php 500,000 or US $12,200

Here's his office address and land line:
New Executive Bldg., MalacaƱang Manila NCR 1501
+63 (2) 735 5334 ; +63 (2) 736 1076 (F)

No collateral needed. Pay when able.

(Just kidding.)

At the Senate hearing on the NBN deal, Deputy Executive Secretary Manuel Gaite put through more than two hours of questioning regarding the Php 500,000 he had given to NBN whistleblower Jun Lozada.

Gaite: I can't rationally justify giving P500,000 to Lozada

Deputy Executive Secretary Manuel Gaite on Tuesday admitted he could not give a "rational justification" for his move to "give" P500,000 to Rodolfo Noel Lozada Jr - which the ZTE witness later claimed was a bribe offer meant to prevent him from testifying before the Senate investigation.

In the Senate hearing on the government's controversial national broadband network deal with China's ZTE Corp., Gaite said his actions to give money to Lozada was guided only by his conscience and faith, even as he admitted that he met Lozada only twice before.

Gaite said he pitied Lozada who sent him a text message saying he was having a hard time abroad, prompting him to decide to give the money to Lozada. The official said the money was supposed to be used for the renovation of his parents-in-law's house.

"If you’re asking for a rational explanation… I can’t provide a rational justification for my act. My action at that time was moved by my conscience and my faith," Gaite told senators during the hearing.

"It did not occur to me whether to treat it as a loan. I pitied him," he added.

He noted that Lozada did not ask for a particular amount of cash and that it was his own decision to give Lozada P500,000.

Gaite said he was actually surprised when Lozada came out in the media, claiming that the money he received from Gaite was a bribe.

"Ang masakit dito, after 12 days, he’s saying it was a bribe for him not to return... He texted me saying he was in dire need of funds. I pitied him. When he got the money through his brother, I did not even get a ‘Thank you,’" Gaite said.

I've said it before and I will say it again, some good men in government are being put through the wringer all in the name of defending President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo against accusations of corruption. If they know the President is guilty of corruption, why defend her? May kapalit ba?

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