Leftists advised FG: “Enough of masquerade, face Senate probe”

Leftists advised FG: “Enough of masquerade, face Senate probe”

Ardent critics of the Macapagal-Arroyo administration on Wednesday gave an unsolicited advice to First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo to testify at the Senate on his alleged involvement on the rigged bidding of World Bank funded-projects in the country.

“Enough of masquerade and face the Senate probe. The First Gentleman is legally, constitutionally, politically and morally obliged to face the investigation because the issue involves the presidency, the Filipino national interest and the people’s standing in the international community,” said the left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) in a statement.

“The issue is here is not the First Gentleman as a private person. The issue here is the World Bank allegations of first-rate crime of corruption against the Manila government which linked the presidential husband to corruption-checkered projects. The issue is of national importance to the 90 million Filipino public,” said Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said.

The Pamalakaya leader warned Mr. Arroyo’s team of doctors at St. Luke’s Medical Center will be condemned by public opinion if they refuse to cooperate with the Senate investigating body and instead play their roles to the hilt as supporting actors to this national escapade of Atty. Arroyo.

Hicap said the statement of Mr. Arroyo’s spokesperson Atty. Ruy Rondain —-that the First Gentleman is well enough to play golf because it is not stressful compared to attending the hearing on the Senate investigation on World Bank rigged projects in the country, is grossly insulting to the collective intelligence of the Filipino people.

“What kind of mindset and thinking is this? This is not only mind-boggling; it is also very, very insulting to the 90 million thinking people of this country. They are moving heaven and earth to prevent the First Gentleman from testifying at the Senate,” he added.

Pamalakaya also dared the Senate Committee on economic affairs chaired by administration senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago to forcibly compel Atty. Arroyo and his co-accuse former congressmen Prospero Pichay and Jacinto Paras, past and present officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways, including the owners of E.C de Luna Construction and other firms named in the World Bank report, to attend the hearing.

The group’s challenge was contrary to Sen. Santiago’s proposal to excuse the First Gentleman from attending the Senate hearing and just be asked to submit a deposition. #

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