Full text: Neric Acosta statement on alleged smear campaign against him

Important note: This statement from former Bukidnon First District Congressman Nereus Acosta is a must read. Compare this to the privilege speech recently delivered by Bukidnon Senator Miguel Zubiri which you can read HERE. After you read both statements, please share your thoughts, opinions, reactions HERE. You can also read what the fuss is all about HERE. Thanks!

Statement of Neric Acosta against the alleged smear campaign launched against him:

TODAY, A WELL-FINANCED SMEAR CAMPAIGN WAS LAUNCHED AGAINST ME BECAUSE I AM

BEING CONSIDERED BY PRESIDENT AQUINO FOR THE PORTFOLIO OF SECRETARY OF THE

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT & NATURAL RESOURCES (DENR).

VIA FULL-PAGE ADS AND OTHER MEDIA, THEY PUBLICIZED AN OLD WORN-OUT CHARGE FILED

AGAINST ME 10 YEARS AGO BY MY POLITICAL RIVALS WHEN I WAS A CONGRESSMAN OF

BUKIDNON.

WELL, MANY PUBLIC OFFICIALS HAVE PENDING CASES BEFORE VARIOUS COURTS, BUT A

PENDING CASE IS NOT AN INDICATION OF GUILT.

I PROMISED PRESIDENT NOYNOY I WOULD CLEAN UP THE WELL-PLACED MAFIA GROUPS THAT

ARE IMBEDDED IN THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT & NATURAL RESOURCES (DENR)

– FROM THE ISSUANCE OF FAKE LAND PATENTS RESULTING TO BIG LAND SCAMS TO THE

QUESTIONABLE GRANTS OF MINING AND LOGGING PERMITS.

THEY MUST BE AFRAID OF THE CLEAN-UP I INTEND TO DO.

I WILL BE STEPPING ON BIG TOES – BUT SOMEONE HAS GOT TO DO IT.

I WILL DO IT IF GIVEN THE CHANCE.

AS PRINCIPAL AUTHOR OF MAJOR ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS, I WILL PROTECT OUR

ENVIRONMENT, BUT STILL ENCOURAGE THE MINING INDUSTRY TO GENERATE EMPLOYMENT

THROUGH A BALANCED DEVELOPMENT PLAN THAT DOES NOT DEPLETE OUR NATURAL

RESOURCES.

LASTLY, I WILL DO MY BEST TO RID THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT & NATURAL

RESOURCES (DENR) OF THE ENDEMIC CORRUPTION OF SOME OF ITS HIGH-RANKING OFFICIALS

THAT HAS DEEPLY AFFECTED THE SYSTEM AND DEMORALIZED HUNDREDS OF HONEST AND

EFFICIENT CIVIL SERVANTS, IF GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE.

THIS IS THE LAST YOU WILL HEAR FROM ME REGARDING THIS MATTER AS I REFUSE TO BE

DRAWN INTO A MUD-SLINGING CONTEST WITH THESE VESTED INTERESTS WHO HAVE ALL THE

MONEY TO SPEND IN THIS SMEAR CAMPAIGN AGAINST ME.

MARAMING SALAMAT PO.

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