Ligot gets another chance to testify

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 28 2011 12:09 PM | Updated as of Mar 29 2011 01:42 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Former military comptroller Jacinto Ligot will have another chance to testify in the Senate and earn his freedom after the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee scheduled its next hearing on the military corruption probe on Tuesday, March 29.

An advisory from the Senate Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations (Blue Ribbon) and Committee on Justice and Human Rights said the ninth public hearing on the corruption probe will be conducted on March 29 at 2:30 p.m.

Ligot was detained at the Senate last Thursday for allegedly feigning illness to avoid appearing at the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee probe. Senate doctors verified that he was fit enough to appear in the inquiry.

Ligot is accused of pocketing millions of pesos in military funds during his time as military comptroller.

Guingona earlier said Ligot could remain in detention if he and his wife, Erlinda, refuse to answer the senators' questions on military corruption. He said there is a pending arrest order for Mrs. Ligot, which was not implemented because of humanitarian reasons.

Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Jose Balajadia Jr. earlier said Ligot is not being given special treatment at the Senate despite having an air-conditioned detention room, regular medical check-up, meals and other things detainees in ordinary jails do not enjoy.

He said Ligot was in good condition with his blood pressure at normal levels.