Here is the statement of Muntinlupa Mayor Aldrin San Pedro in reference to a graft case filed against him recently:
“I have yet to receive a copy of a verified complaint reportedly filed against me by Councilor Ampaya [and a certain Amelita Argana] for alleged violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act in relation to the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
Be that as it may, the motives of the alleged Complainant, an incumbent Councilor, who is seeking re-election for the same office this May 2010, are already suspect considering foremost its timing. I suspect that it is politically motivated and, at the very least, intended to gain political mileage for his name and at my expense. I cannot recall that public funds were used for the reported travel.
Nonetheless, I will have to await receipt of a copy of the verified complaint for me, through counsel, to further comment on the matter.”
The graft case mentioned is different from the one filed by Ariel B. Dolleton wherein he included 24 other local officials for allegedly approving 11 questionable infrastructure projects worth P238.07 million in September 2007.
The officials had continually denied this accusation.