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    LOOK: Franklin Drilon used stepdaughter's name to acquire Forbes mansion

    Senator Franklin Drilon has allegedly hidden behind the name of his stepdaughter to purchase a grand mansion at Forbes Park ten years ago.
    Photo by Inquirer News

    This was according to an open letter sent by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Chief Augusto Syjuco Jr to Philippine senators.

    In his letter Syjuco said, "In 2004, a Miss Eduarda S. Genuino acquired a 1,5422-square meter Forbes Park mansion for P50 million located at 17 Kawayan Road, North Forbes Park. Miss Genuino, aged only in her 20s at that time, is a step daughter of Senator Franklin Drilon. She was a simple wage earner then, and could not, on her own, produce that amount of money. When she acquired this property, she was ‘single’ and she listed as her address the house of Drilon at 49 Polk Street, North Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila.”

    Syjuco claimed that Genuino was the daughter of the Senator's second wife.

    “Many are appalled that Drilon could have corrupted this young and innocent (girl), allegedly teaching her to be in ‘cahoots’ with him in consummated money laundering,” he said.

    Allegations were also thrown at the Ilonggo senator for the overpriced Iloilo International Convention Center (ICC).

    The hearing was caused by the charges filed by Iloilo Provincial Administrator Manuel Mejorada who said that the Senator earned a lot from the construction from the Hilmarcs Construction Corp.

    BREAKING: United Nations Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard to see De Lima
    before leaving PH

    Agnes Callamard, United Nations Special Rapporteur on summary executions recently made controversies after she visited the Philippines without word to the Malacanang Palace, and now rumors are spreading that she is to visit detained Liberal Party Senator Leila de Lima.

    The prospect of the two meeting surfaced since the UN official is in the country for a speaking engagement.

    De Lima has also expressed her intent to meet with Callamard while she is now in the Philippine National Police Custodial Center.

    Supposedly, the Senator was to visit the 15th International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights in Switzerland in March if not for her detainment.

    She was put to jail after allegations of her involvement with the drug trade within the National Penitentiary while she sat as Justice Secretary during the time of President Benigno Aquino III.

    Callamard is a known critic of President Rodrigo Duterte's war against illegal drugs and has gathered attention for her perseverance in investigating the extrajudicial killings since Duterte sat as President.

    The Palace has expressed its dismay over Callamard's choice to not let her visit be known.

    Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the Filipino delegation currently in Switzerland to defend the war on drugs will inform the Office of the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights about Callamard's activity.

    “Our position is very clear, if Dr. Callamard is committed to ensuring due process to our government and a truly objective assessment of our record on an issue of tremendous importance to our nation, she should be in Geneva meeting with our representatives,” he said.

    SOURCE: Politiko

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