Ang Galing Pinoy party-list Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey" Arroyo on Friday chided Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV for linking his mother, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, to allegations of corruption in the highest echelons of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. “They are in the process of investigating this issue. Why don’t they just proceed with their investigation and see where it leads to," the younger Arroyo said in a text message. The statement came after Trillanes hinted at the possible involvement of former President Arroyo, now his son’s colleague at the Lower House representing Pampanga’s second district, in allegedly corrupt practices in the AFP. “If he [Trillanes] has suspicions which he could substantiate with concrete evidences, he should air that in the Senate investigation which, lest it be forgotten, is in aid of legislation," Mrs. Arroyo’s eldest son said. The younger Arroyo likewise asked Trillanes not to use the media as his “launching pad" for baseless statements. “I would like to remind the good senator that with great power of parliamentary immunity comes parliamentary courtesy," he said.
This page requires a higher version browser Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares, however, said in a separate statement it is a cause of “wonder" how Mrs. Arroyo could not have been aware of the multimillion-peso AFP fund mess. “With all that has been revealed in the Senate and Congress probes in the Gen. Carlos Garcia plea bargain agreement as well as the ‘pabaon’ and ‘pasalubong ‘system in the AFP, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo remains unscathed," Colmenares said. “[I]t leads one to wonder on how the Commander in Chief could not be aware of hundreds of millions of military funds being malversed by her chiefs of staff and their cohorts," he added.
On Thursday, Trillanes said the Senate inquiry may be expanded to look into the former President’s possible involvement in AFP corruption. (See: Trillanes: AFP corruption probe may include Arroyo)
"Masyadong malaki ho kasi 'yung perang involved... sa Malacañang lang nagre-release ng mga ganoong level," Trillanes said. (That amount of money involved is too big, and only Malacañang can make that level of release.)
Trillanes said this after claiming that aside from former defense chief Angelo Reyes, other people may be behind retired Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia, who allegedly amassed more than P300 million during his stint as AFP comptroller. Reyes shot himself fatally on Tuesday, hours after he was supposed to appear before the Senate following allegations that he received some P50 million as send-off money when he retired as AFP chief.—Jerrie M. Abella with Andreo C. Calonzo/JV, GMA News
Reposted From Jerrie M. Abella with Andreo C. Calonzo For GMA News.TV