Aguirre Denies ‘Pastillas’ Involvement

Former justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said Tuesday he was ready to testify in the Senate to deny his involvement in the alleged “pastillas” bribery scheme at Manila’s airport.

Columnist and special envoy to China Ramon Tulfo alleged that a cut of the bribes was delivered via helicopter to Aguirre in Mulanay, Quezon, which the latter denied.

Aguirre said the accusations against him were politically motivated as he is the president of ruling party PDP-Laban in Quezon. He said he has a lot of enemies locally, including the mayor of Mulanay.

Aguirre also tagged former Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo, sister of Tulfo, as among those who pushed for the issuance of visas on arrival to Chinese tourists as she wanted to improve the performance of the Department of Tourism.

Aguirre earlier accused Tulfo of defamation for claiming he was protecting human traffickers during his stint as justice secretary.

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