Malacanang shrugs off decision of Revilla’s wife to boycott Sona

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Monday, June 23, 2014

MALACANANG on Monday shrugged off the plan of Cavite Representative Lani Mercado to boycott President Benigno Aquino III's State of the Nation Address (Sona) next month.

Mercado, wife of detained Senator Ramon Revilla Jr., said she expects that Aquino would just brag on his Sona the arrest of her husband and other accused in the pork barrel fund scam.

"I think it's the right of every person, of every representative or senator to opt to attend or not (the SONA)," said Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda in a media briefing.

But he said that SONA is a constitutionally mandated event and the President will deliver it regardless of reactions of some public officials who seemed to have been affected by the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.

"That is a constitutional mandated event that the President is obligated to deliver," he said.

Lacierda, however, could not say yet if the arrest of some suspects in the PDAF scam would be part of Aquino's Sona.

"Number one, we have not discussed it with the President. Number two, normally we do not discuss the details of the State of the Nation Address. Far be it from us to disclose whatever should not be disclosed. And so, the answer is, we don't know," he said when asked if the arrest of Revilla and his co-accused Senator Jinggoy Estrada would be part of the accomplishments of the Aquino administration, which the President will report to the nation. (SDR/Sunnex)

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