Sen. Bongbong Marcos doubts “logbook defense” of assistant labor attaché

16 August 2013

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. sees as doubtful the “logbook defense” Assistant Labor Attache’ in Riyadh Antonio Villafuerte has adopted in an attempt to shoot down allegations he sexually abused several distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

On the second day of the Senate Blue Ribbon committee hearing on Thursday, Villafuerte tried to ward off the allegations against him by invoking entries in a logbook, which he said would prove his innocence.

Michelle, Annaliza, and Angel (not their real name), testified before the committee that Villafuerte made sexual advances on them, either verbally or physically, while they were staying at the Bahay Kalinga in Riyadh.

In defending himself, Vilafuerte claimed the incident as alleged by Michelle could not have happened because the entry in a logbook showed he was not at the Bahay Kalinga when the supposed sexual molestation occurred.

“In the allegation of Michelle that I molested her on May 18, 2013 at around 7 o’ clock in the morning, it could not (have) happened, your honor. Why? Because in the logbook, in the logbook (it) says I arrived in POLO (Philippine Overseas Labor Office) at around 6 o’ clock in the morning,” Villafuerte said.

“I’m waiting for the driver because that is our agreement that my service vehicle will be used in repatriating the OFWs to the airport when the driver called me that he is in BK (Bahay Kalinga), so I have to go to BK. That is why it is written at the side of the entry: ‘6 o’ clock BK’,” he added.

However, Marcos said the slight time difference Villafuerte cited was not enough to constitute a conclusive proof that he was not at the scene when the alleged molestation occurred.

“You are talking about differences of minutes and that is very, very easy to have a slight difference in the time that you have in your watch. So (if it’s) 7 a.m., 6 a.m. is not that conclusive that you were not there,” Marcos pointed out.

Villafuerte also denied the allegations of Annaliza and Angel against him.

The Blue Ribbon committee, chaired by Sen. Teofisto Guingona III, is conducting an investigation into the “sex-for-flight” scandal in the Middle East based on the privilege speech of Sen. Jinggoy Estrada entitled “Maginoo Pero Sobrang Bastos.”