Another set of charges may loom over former First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo and company over the alleged P105-million “forced” purchase of used helicopters by the Philippine National Police, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said Saturday. Continue reading “Senate May File Separate Charges vs Ex-FG and Company over Chopper Mess”
Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson on Tuesday rebuffed on several fronts the claim of Negros Rep. Ignacio Arroyo Jr. that the helicopters supposedly sold forcibly to the Philippine National Police were not owned but “leased” by LTA Inc., the Arroyos’ family-owned company. Continue reading “Arroyo Brothers Bungled ‘Another Rescue Job’”
Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson on Wednesday cautioned Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo and the Philippine National Police against leaving out the bigger fish in the lopsided P104.9-million purchase of police helicopters in 2009. Continue reading “Lacson Cautions Robredo, PNP: Don’t Leave Out Bigger Characters in PNP Chopper Acquisitions”
Only the guilty would consider searching for the truth about corruption a waste of time, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said Wednesday. Continue reading “To Iggy: Only the Guilty Will Claim Search for Truth vs Corruption a Waste of Time”
Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson disclosed Tuesday that he obtained documents indicating that the Arroyos were the former owners of the helicopters “forcibly” sold and priced as brand-new to the Philippine National Police for P105 million in 2009. Continue reading “Arroyos’ Used Choppers Sold to PNP in 2009”
The Senate is set to look into alleged misrepresentations in the P105-million purchase of light operational helicopters by the Philippine National Police in 2009 for its elite Special Action Force (SAF) unit. Continue reading “Lacson Initiates Probe on P105-M PNP Chopper Purchase”
If he repeatedly claims the appointments book linking First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo to a contractor blacklisted by the World Bank is fake, the first gentleman’s lawyer may find himself facing photos, love letters, and other evidence. Continue reading “Lacson Camp: FG Lawyer’s ‘Denials’ to Trigger Added Evidence”
Mr. President, distinguished colleagues. The past week was not very enjoyable for this representation. This week, I suppose, will be no different.
Being a law enforcer for thirty years with some basic knowledge of law, I can not understand how a majority of the members of the Supreme Court could conspire so indecently with the administration of Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to subvert the Rule of Law, the primacy of the Constitution over Acts of the State, and the independence of the judiciary.
With your indulgence, let me belabor this issue.
Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, I rise today on a matter of personal and collective privilege.
More than half a century ago, our forefathers established the Third Philippine Republic from the ruins of the last Pacific war. A few years later, the nation was embroiled in various scandals involving graft and corruption. Right after the war, government officials were involved in the surplus war materials scandal. When then President Elpidio Quirino ordered the prosecution of the Chairman of the Surplus Commission, his Liberal Party stalwarts warned him, and out of the mouth of no less than a former President of the Senate, came the infamous words-“What are we in power for?”
It is now the 21st century. While those words are no longer spoken, a very powerful man – Atty. Jose Miguel Arroyo a.k.a. Jose Pidal wields that power like no other. Even the integrity of institutions tasked to assist law enforcement agencies with scientific and expert analysis has not been spared. I will prove my point later, Mr. President.
Mr. President, Distinguished colleagues in the Senate of the Republic:Mr. President, Distinguished colleagues in the Senate of the Republic:
I rise today on a matter of personal and collective privilege.
It has been more than two years since this representative was pilloried before media through accusations so vile and propaganda most vicious. So vile and vicious in fact that this chamber of peers took notice, conducted investigations complete with nationally televised public hearings and just recently, unveiled on this floor a committee report which would give the public the impression that my detractors were somehow right.