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Mike Arroyo pinned down…
PAGE A14 t be payment for the lease of the FG (popular reference to Mike
Job Nolan Antonio, Edgar Paatan, helicopters, she admitted during Arroyo) up to May 26, 2011, to
George Piano and Crisostomo DL her testimony that she was the support the testimonies of Editha
Garcia. All are either current or one who sent the money to Cali- Juguan.”
former officers of the PNP. fornia,” Guingona added. Guingona recalled that Juguan
In the complaint, the senators Iggy’s claim nonsense had narrated that she counted the
said Po and Maptra president In her testimony on August 22, payments for monthly mainte-
Hilario de Vera had applied for Del Rosario echoed claims made nance fees, averaging P350,000,
inclusion in the government’s by Iggy Arroyo that he was the “in front of Rowena and in full
Witness Protection Program. one who entered into a contract view of Mike Arroyo, who was
Convincing testimony worth P9.8 million with Lionair only in the next door office.”
To back their case, the sena- for the two-month lease of five Flight logs
tors banked on the “clear and Raven I helicopters at the height The three senators also said
convincing” testimony of Po, of the 2004 presidential election. flight logs of the helicopters sold
which was corroborated by De Po earlier told senators that his to the PNP provided a link to the
Vera, Editha Solano-Juguan, Do- company had kept a fleet of five Arroyos.
mingo Lazo, Claudio DS Gaspar Raven I choppers owned by Mike “A paper trail is not the only
Jr. and Rowena del Rosario. Arroyo in its Pasay City hangar means to prove ownership. Con-
Po, in his original and supple- since 2004. trol, use and income from the
mental affidavits, pointed to Ar- Po said two of these helicop- (helicopters) owned may also be
royo as the true owner of the five ters were sold to the PNP in 2009 (considered) evidence of own-
helicopters, the senators said. when the police procured three ership,” Pimentel said in a text
“Analyzing closely the flow of brand-new helicopters as part of message.
events from the time of the in- its crime prevention efforts. Eleven senators have so far
volved helicopters’ importation Guingona said Iggy’s claim of signed the committee report—
by Lionair Inc. up to the time of a lease contract to dispel owner- Guingona, Lacson, Pimentel,
its anomalous and fraudulent sale ship by his brother was kaloko- Sergio Osmeña III, Francis Pan-
by Maptra to the PNP, we find han (nonsense). gilinan, Antonio Trillanes IV,
the testimony of Po to be clear “RHC is a manufacturer and Franklin Drilon, Ralph Recto,
and convincing—thus worthy of seller of helicopters. Why would Francis Escudero, Pia Cayetano
credence,” they said. Rowena pay a lease contract to and Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada.
The committee’s findings and it? Clearly, what she paid for was Senate Minority Leader Alan
discussion of the events were at- not a lease,” the senator said. Peter Cayetano had indicated his
tached to the complaint. Maintenance fees interest in signing the report, Gu-
Guingona dismissed claims by Guingona and Lacson, in sepa- ingona said.
Mike Arroyo and his lawyer Ino- rate statements, noted Lionair Normally, a committee report
cencio Ferrer that the blue ribbon collection agent Editha Solano- is presented to the plenary ses-
committee had failed to find any Juguan’s testimony that she reg- sion for a vote. This was not fol-
evidence proving that the hus- ularly visited Arroyo’s office in lowed in the case of the report
band of the former President had the LTA Building on Perea Street submitted to the Ombudsman.
owned the two helicopters sold to in Makati City to collect mainte- Airtight case
the PNP for P20 million each. nance fees for the five choppers Before they went to the Om-
In a phone interview, Guingo- owned by Arroyo. budsman, Guingona said he,
na said a copy of the telegraphic “Lionair kept a subsidiary led- Lacson and Pimentel were sub-
transfer to the manufacturer ger in the name of Mike Arroyo mitting the report “in our indi-
made via Unionbank also indi- showing he paid for the mainte- vidual capacities as citizens and
cated the landline number of LTA nance expenses of the helicop- senators.”
Inc., the Makati-based company ters. This was corroborated by “At most, the blue ribbon re-
owned by the Arroyo family. Juguan’s testimony because at port is recommendatory and
“This number jives with the one point, she said the fees even highly persuasive but not bind-
LTA records in the (Securities reached P1 million for repair ex- ing,” Guingona said.
and Exchange Commission),” penses,” Guingona said. He said everything was based
the senator said. Lacson, in a text message, on documentary and testimonial
“And while Rowena said the said there were “vouchers and evidence. “We are very confi-
$500,000 was only supposed to payments made to Lionair by dent. This is an airtight case.” n
‘e-dalaw’ e-lates Quezon City …
PAGE A11 t puters for the project with addi- ers don’t come with headsets.
to relieve their sadness by offer- tional funding from the BJMP. According to Vela, this is to en-
ing other means of keeping in But no privacy sure that “nothing illegal” would
touch,” Vela said. QCJ inmates can enjoy the e- be discussed in the online chat.
“There are many stories that dalaw service Monday to Friday, “We also hope that, with the
really moved us by bringing this from 9 am to 12 nn, and from 1 e-dalaw, we will be able to re-
project in partnership with the pm to 4 pm. duce cases of relatives smug-
BJMP. We are happy that it is But the chat will be far from gling contraband into the jail,”
now being realized,” Assistant private: At least four members the warden added.
Solicitor General Karl Miranda of the jail’s paralegal staff will be E-dalaw goes offline on week-
added in a statement. sitting behind the inmates and ends, during which “our man-
Vela expressed hopes that the should be able to hear everything power will be dedicated to visi-
city jail would acquire more com- through speakers. The comput- tors in the flesh,” he said. n