Tatlong taong naglingkod si Edu Manzano bilang vice mayor ng Makati City—mula noong 1998 hanggang 2001—kaya hindi maiwasang hindi madamay ang kanyang pangalan sa isyu at kontroberisya ng mga kickback na diumano’y natanggap ng mga opisyal ng Makati City noong 1999 hanggang 2014.
Mainit na pinag-uusapan ngayon ang corruption issue laban kay Vice President Jejomar Binay, na nanungkulan bilang mayor ng Makati mula 2001 hanggang 2010.
Kaugnay nito, isang official statement ang inilabas ni Edu ngayong hapon, October 27, para linisin ang kanyang pangalan laban sa mga paratang na nagdadawit sa ibang past officials ng Makati City na matapat daw na naglingkod sa mga tungkulin na ipinagkatiwala sa kanila ng taumbayan.
Narito ang kabuuang statement ni Edu:
“Reports have been coming out on all media platforms that Makati City officials, from the mayor down to the lowest rank, during their terms between 1999 and 2014, received kickbacks from favored contractors of infrastructure projects in Makati City, as exposed by former Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado.
“During my term as Vice Mayor of Makati City from 1998 to 2001, I have not participated nor did I benefit, directly or indirectly, from any kind of dealings with these contractors, nor received any kickback, gift, reward or any pecuniary benefit or advantage relative to any contract, project or transaction entered into, for and in behalf of the Makati City government.
"I join the public in their clamor and quest for the truth. It is my sincere hope, and I guess that of many, that such quest be conducted fairly and justly."