In an interview with DZMM, the Valenzuela mayor addressed the smear campaign against his family shortly after he suspended NLEX’s business permit due to Salim-controlled toll operator’s faulty RFID system.
In the nasty rumors against Gatchalian, it was alleged that his family was trying to force Salim-MVP to sell a one-hectare property in Valenzuela for P500,000. The Maynilad property was acquired two years ago for P100 million and would be used as its future reservoir.
“Pinalalabas nila na ang pamilya ko ang bumili pero city government ng Valenzuela ang magtatayo ng paaralan doon,” the mayor said, explaining that the area will house the new campus of the Polytechnic College of Valenzuela.
“Noong nasa korte na tayo, ang uma-appear ay abogado ng Maynilad. Doon na lang kami nagkaalaman,” the politiko added.
The lot was in the name of ex-City Councilor Mendoza Marcelo.
While Gatchalian did not explicitly name names, it was apparent that he was alluding to the Salim-MVP group as the ine behind the demolition job.
“Ang dating din sa akin, kaya buong pamilya ko ang dinamay, iniintimidate kami,” he said. “Gusto nila na tumahimik ako, kung sino man ang nagpapakalat nito, parang ang dating sa akin, iniintimidate ako na sige, magsalita ka pa, guguluhin ka namin –– hindi lang ikaw kundi buong pamilya mo.”
“For the record, hindi ako titigil na humanap ng solusyon sa problema ng RFID at ng traffic dito sa Valenzuela,” Gatchalian added.
After making NLEX fold to his #BarriersUp campaign, the mayor is taking the crusade on missing or late load credits for EasyTrip RFID users.
‘Yan naman ang binabantayan ko, ‘yung mga consumer rights issues kasi pangako nila yan. Kapag hindi nila ginawa yan, equal yan doon sa bigat ng problema ng traffic,” he added.