Former Quezon City Councilor and actor Roderick Paulate clarified that he was not put behind bars after he was convicted for allegedly hiring ghost employees during his term as a public official.
During an interview with Ogie Diaz, Roderick answered some accusations against him, including the misconceptions he received from the netizens after the ruling was published.
Roderick insisted that he would not taint his reputation for money.
“Hindi ko sisirain ang pangalan ko sa pera,” said Roderick.
He also shared that he was not put under the custody of the authorities even after his conviction.
“Once and for all, hindi po ako nakulong…Minsan lagyan ko na lang kunyari yung, ‘Di ba nakakulong siya,’ lagyan ko na lang ng [open mouth emoji], nakaganun, kasi kung sasagot pa ako, baka humaba,” said Roderick.
“Yung iba naman nilalagyan ko na lang ng heart…parang ganun na lang. Wala na tayong magagawa eh, hindi naman lahat nakakaintindi,” he added.
It can be recalled that Sandiganbayan sentenced Roderick to at least 10.5 years up to 62 years in confinement for allegedly hiring ‘non-existent’ employees during his term.
They also found that the employees hired by Roderick have no birth certificate, no residence, and also not registered voters, a sign that they do not exist.