Lacierda blasts Briones on corruption claim

by Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 11 2012 07:43 PM | Updated as of Oct 12 2012 03:43 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang on Thursday labeled former National Treasurer Leonor Briones' claim that corruption has worsened and is pervasive as ever under Aquino administration as "uninformed and misinformed."

Briones earlier said that a Commission on Audit (COA) report on losses in the national treasury of about P101 billion showed that portion of the unaccounted funds was spent during the term of President Benigno Aquino.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda, however, said Briones' claim is false.

"With all due respect to Madam Liling Briones, my suggestion to her is to really sift through the COA report and to see if there was indeed such a statement that it was under the Aquino administration," he said.

"It's absolutely false. She shouldn't go by press releases or press statements or press reports. She should go by the original report itself and COA did say that" Lacierda added.

Lacierda invited Briones to look at the letter sent by COA Chairperson Grace Tan to The Philippine Star on her clarification on the commission's report.