President Rodrigo Duterte’s partymate Laguna Rep. Marlyn “Len” Alonte on Monday took one for the PDP-Laban after she chose to laud the administration’s “transparency” rather than hit back after it linked her to a P100-million bribery try.
Alonte delivered a privilege speech at Monday’s plenary session, where she stressed that she was not involved in allegedly bribing inmates to retract their testimonies against Sen. Leila de Lima.
Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre II had accused her and former Sen. Jamby Madrigal of offering P100 million to inmates in this regard.
Alonte, who ran under the Liberal Party but is now a member of the ruling PDP-Laban, said Aguirre’s allegation “did not come with solid evidence and concrete proof,” and has worried her friends and family, notably her young children.
“Aaminin ko po, nu’ng una ko pong narinig ito, sumama po ang loob ko at inisip ko, ‘Ito ba ang gobyerno na aking pinaglalaban? Ito ba ang partidong aking sinasamahan?’” Alonte said, tearing up.
“Pero nu’ng maisip-isip ko, hindi naman siguro ako nagkamali [sa paglipat ng partido]. At naniniwala po ako na nangyari ito sa akin—hinayaan ng partido, hinayaan ng administrasyon, hindi dahil gawa-gawaan lamang, hinayaan kahit ako ay miyembro ng PDP-Laban—dahil ang gobyernong ito ay transparent,” she added.
Alonte said this showed that the administration was “fair” and expressed hope that she would be afforded justice because of it.
“Inisip ko na lang na ang gobyernong ito ay walang tinitingnan, walang kinikilingan, kapartido ka man o hindi,” Alonte said.
“At dahil dito sa isip na pinaghahawakan ko, alam ko na dito sa administrasyong ito, makukuha ko ang hustiya dahil ang administrasyong ito ay patas,” she added.
Despite “the shock and the pain” the incident brought to her and her family, the Biñan representative said the public “must believe that goodwill trumps over evil.”
“It may not be perfect, the government may not be perfect in everyone’s eyes, but it is trying and we, as citizens, need to encourage unity and peace,” Alonte said.
House leaders have said they would speak with Alonte about the issue.