Sotto recalled that as a member of the national board of canvassers in 2004, Pangilinan merely replied “noted” to persistent requests by the opposition to scrutinize election returns (ERs) purportedly indicating fraud.and
“Ngayon sila dada nang dada, eh nung 2004, puro sila ‘noted’ (Now they’re squawking, when in 2004 all they said was ‘noted’),” Sotto told the Inquirer on Friday night.
“They’re too late the hero. I hate to say this, but I told you so,” he said.
"He said questions over the authenticity of the ERs could have been settled if only Pangilinan and then House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales, also a member of the canvassing board, allowed the opening of just one such document during the canvass.Nakalimutan na ni Senador Sotto na isa siya sa mga mag block ng pagbubukas ng pangalawang envelope sa impeachment trial ni Pangulong Estrada. Napakasigasig din niya duon sa pagtatago ng katotohanan ng pagnanakaw.
“But they were blocking us every step of the way,” he said."
Nakalimutan din niya na nuong 2007 elections, tumakbo siya sa sa partido ni Presidente Arroyo. At tinanggap niya ang pag appoint sa kanya ni Presidente Arroyo bilang Direktor ng Dangerous Drugs Board.
Sagot ni Sen Pangilinan, parehas lang kami ng reaksyon sa mga salita ni Sen . Sotto
“The public should be reminded that he has no moral ascendancy to comment on the issue of fraud for the simple reason that he flip-flopped on the issue and embraced the cheater in the end. Yes, by all means let’s call a spade a spade. He who lives in a glass house should not throw stones,” Pangilinan said in a statement on Monday.
Ang nakakatawa ay yung sagot ni Sen. Sotto, hindi daw mahalaga yung pagbalimbing niya para kay GMA.
“Baryang issue lang yan. Don’t change the topic,” said Sotto, pointing out that the topic was the 2004 cheating, and not the 2007 elections.Haha, nuong 2007, hindi isyu yung 2004 cheating kasi kailangan niya si GMA, ngayong di na niya kailangan si GMA isyu na uli ito.