Palace to Mikey Arroyo: Come up with evidence PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 October 2010 14:00

Malacanang on Sunday challenged Ang Galing Partylist Rep. Mikey Arroyo to come up with evidence to prove his allegations that two current Cabinet officials were involved in the P10-billion Poverty Eradication and Alleviation Certificate (PEACe) Bonds in 2001.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said Arroyo's accusations against Social Welfare Secretary Corazon "Dinky" Soliman and Presidential Adviser for the Peace Process Teresita "Ging" Deles of benefitting from the PEACe bonds are "baseless."

"Dapat ay may basehan ang charges niya, pero mahirap magbigay ng ebidensiya dahil hindi naman involved sina Secretary Soliman diyan," Valte said.

Earlier, Senator Edgardo Angara called for the Truth Commission to also include in its probe current officials of the Aquino administration. Arroyo echoed the call and said the move is in line with the constitutional provision of fair play.

The Truth Commission was created by President Benigno S. Aquino III to investigate alleged anomalies that hounded the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

"Ang mga ganitong tanong sa kung anong issue ang pwedeng ipaimbestiga sa Truth Commission. Sila ang dapat mag-determine if it is within the mandate given to them [It is up to the Truth Commission to determine if such issues are within the mandate given to them]," Valte said.
Valte also questioned Arroyo's timing for accusing Soliman, saying he should have pushed the issue against the Cabinet official after Soliman had left the Arroyo administration.

"Secretary Soliman left public service before her current stint now. She was out of power for a time but no investigation was initiated against her when she was not in power," she said.

"If there's any meaning to what he is saying, it should have been picked up long ago even after Secretary Soliman left the Arroyo administration. Still, there's no involvement to begin with," Valte added.