How about recovery of Arroyos’ ill-gotten wealth? Noynoy asked

How about recovery of Arroyos’ ill-gotten wealth? Noynoy asked

“How about the questionable and ill-acquired wealth of the Arroyo family?”

The left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) posed this question to Liberal Party presidential candidate Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, who yesterday said the recovery of the ill-gotten wealth of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos will be one of the things that he would push for should he become the president.

“Please allow us to set the record straight. All presidentiable and other national candidates in the 2010 elections are politically, constitutionally, morally and lawfully obliged to investigate the questionable wealth of the Arroyo family and their political associates and business cronies and subject them to sequestration and recovery if proven these are ill-gotten,” said Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap in a press statement.

“And Sen. Aquino is not exempted from this mission on politics of change and reforms and good governance. He must perform in accordance with the collective interest of the people and refrain from abusing the word reform and change,” he added.

The Pamalakaya leader stressed: “Sen. Aquino will mainly rely on the protest vote against the corrupt, puppet and criminal regime of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. So he has to make a clear blue print on how a Noynoy presidency will deal with Arroyo’s high crimes of corruption, and if he has plans to call for a full-blown inquiry and program of recovery of this ill-acquired wealth of the Arroyos.”

Hicap said Aquino’s policy of recovering Marcos ill-gotten wealth is commendable, but still lacking because he failed to make a policy statement on what to do on Arroyos’ involvement in first-rate crimes of corruption.

“Let me remind Senator Aquino that since 2001, anti-corruption groups like Pagbabago! has already documented 20 high profile cases of corruption committed by the Arroyo presidency involving hundreds of millions of kickback in US dollars,” said Pamalakaya’s Hicap..

The militant group cited a number of corruption cases involving the Arroyo presidency including but not limited to the $ 14 million kickback from the $ 470 million IMPSA deal in 2001, the $ 20 million -$ 70 million commission pocketed from the $ 425 million PIATCO-NAIA Terminal III project, the $ 50 million kickback from the $ 503 million Northrail project, the $ 130 million commission from the stalled NBN-ZTE deal with China.

Pamalakaya said the Aquino presidency should also make a concrete and decisive step on the Arroyos’ questionable properties abroad like the $ 1.32 million beachfront property in California owned by Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel Arroyo, and was not reflected in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth last year.

“These corruption charges remained unanswered because President Arroyo, the members of her immediate family and those cronies and allies associated with the corrupt regime continue to adopt the policy of grand denial and political arrogance,” the group said. @

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