May 062013
President Benigno Aquino III on Monday attested to Senator Loren Legarda’s “long and credible record of advocacies” amid accusations that the senator did not declare a posh New York City condominium unit in her statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALNs).

On Monday, Legarda’s office released to the media copies of Aquino’s statement expressing support for the senator. Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda confirmed that the President issued the statement for Legarda, who is currently running for reelection under the administration slate.

“Throughout this campaign, Loren Legarda has enjoyed the overwhelming support of voters, which is in keeping with her longstanding status as a member of the Senate and a public official. She has a long and credible record of advocacies, which is the foundation for her public support,” Aquino’s statement read.

“I am confident that she is not only prepared, but will do her utmost best, to answer any and all allegations raised against her,” the President added.

Last week, Legarda was found to own a condominum unit in New York worth $700,000. The senator’s SALNs did not categorically state that she owned this property, instead referring to “other investment,” without the specifics required by the Civil Service Commission.

In response to the accusation, Legarda’s office said the condominium unit

In his statement, the President likewise said that Legarda “has never backed away from the duty of every person who works for the people.”

“I know that our fellow citizens will recognize this and that they can separate the facts from mere rumors or opinions,” Aquino said in his statement.

Last year, Legarda was one of the senators who voted to convict former Chief Justice Renato Corona for failure to declare certain assets in his SALNs. President Aquino’s allies at the House of Representatives spearheaded Corona’s impeachment. Andreo Calonzo/BM, GMA News

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