March 9, 2017
Transcript of Sen. Bam's media interview after Jack Lam hearing
Sen. Bam: Our line of questioning earlier was to establish that a lot of points, maraming panahon, puwede namang sabihin ni Argosino at si Robles na nasa kanila iyong pera.
I think that was also our chairman's point earlier when he had the slide na they kept the money for 17 days.
Na-establish natin according to Sec. Aguirre na iyong tamang custody ng pera is only, at best, 1 to 3 days.
In fact, dapat instantaneous iyon pag may natanggap kang ganoong kalaking pera, dapat sinasabi mo agad.
We showed that on the 27th, nagkita si Robles at si Argosino at tsaka si Sec. Aguirre sa party. They met on the 28th, they saw him again on Dec. 9. They had many times to tell him personally. They could have also texted him and yet hindi nila sinabi. Ibig sabihin may tinatago talaga sila.
Para sa akin, iyon ang pinakamabigat na ebidensiyang lumabas. Na mayroon silang pera, ni isang beses, they had so many chances to be able to tell their boss about it, and yet tinago nila.
I think for many of us here, iyon iyong talagang nagsasabi na may funny business talaga na nangyari dito. They had all the opportunity to give that information, hindi nila binigay.
Q: Do you agree that Sec. Aguirre knows nothing about it and that he in fact, just found about it through the media?
Sen. Bam: He did not find out through the media. He found out on Dec. 9. They had told him about it already. And according to him, he had then chosen to recommend their removal already.
Mayroon naman siyang sagot sa tanong na iyan.
Q: Do you believe that?
Sen. Bam: Yes but ang mahalaga kasi diyan is that, every single point na nagkita sila, hindi sinabi ni Argosino at ni Robles to their superior na nasa kanila ang pera.
Q: Does this mean that Sec. Aguirre is off the hook already, that he's not involved?
Sen. Bam: To be honest, he was never on the hook here. To be fair, it was really Argosino, Robles and Calima who were being questioned in their involvement here. Palagay ko, I mean to be fair to all the parties, lumalabas naman talaga that there was a lot of money involved at hindi nila ni-report sa tamang authorities.
Q: Sir di ba sa birthday party, hindi naman close sina Argosino and Robles doon kay Lim?
Sen. Bam: I don't know kung hindi sila close but they're all in the same fraternity. Supposedly, because they're all in the same fraternity, nagkita-kita sila doon sa party ni Fred Lim.
Q: Parang di naman kaduda-kuda na nandoon sina Robles and Argosino with Sec. Aguirre around.
Sen. Bam: Kaduda-duda talaga and all of these points, there were opportunities for them to come clean, and yet hindi nila ginawa. Para sa akin, iyon ang pinaka-kaduda-duda talaga. It's not as if malayo sila doon sa superiors nila. They had all the chances to do that, hindi nila ginawa and para sa akin, iyon iyong pinakamalinaw. Marami kasing espekulasyon, pero ito, for me, napakalinaw na talaga. They had all the chances pero hindi nila ginawa.
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