Topacio denies P2 billion in bank account of Arroyo brothers
|Senator Panfilo Lacson
MANILA, Philippines – Negros Occidental Representative Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo has passed away but the mystery surrounding the “Jose Pidal” account lives on.
In 2003, former First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo escaped investigation after his younger brother claimed ownership of the controversial bank account, where more than P300 million in campaign funds of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo were allegedly deposited.
Senator Panfilo Lacson now wants to reopen the Senate's investigation into the Jose Pidal account.
"Hindi magandang pangitain na ngayon sisimulan ang imbestigasyon. Mayroon namang oras para doon," said Lacson.
Lacson also revealed having discovered other active accounts of the Arroyo brothers containing P2 billion each.
"Mayroon akong information na nandoon pa at nadagdagan pa. Kasi may nakita akong dokumento na mula noong taong napaguusapan 'yung Jose Pidal accounts hanggang ngayon may mga entries doon na pumasok. At hindi biro-birong amount ang nandoon, hindi lamang kay Iggy kung hindi kay Mike," said Lacson.
Mike Arroyo's lawyer Ferdinand Topacio, meanwhile, dismissed Lacson's latest exposé.
"Kung mahanap niya, eh sa kanya na ang P2 billion to dispose of as he deems fit. Kung gusto niya, i-donate niya sa mga biktima ng Kuratong Baleleng," said Topacio.
Lacson said he has documents to support his allegations although he cannot release them yet.
The senator also said he is not dismissing the possibility that the family of the late congressman will claim ownership of his account. -- ANC