Lacson: Only the guilty would stop corruption probe

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Posted at Jul 06 2011 09:37 AM | Updated as of Jul 06 2011 09:45 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Only the guilty would consider searching for the truth about corruption a waste of time.

This was the response of Sen. Panfilo Lacson to Negros Occidental Rep. Ignacio Arroyo Jr.’s statement that reopening the “Jose Pidal” scandal will be "a shameless and monumental waste of time."

“The search for truth about corruption and misuse and abuse of public funds will never be a waste of time and resources. Only those who support such shenanigans or are themselves guilty of committing those acts will say so,” Lacson said in a statement.

He added: "What is truly shameless and monumental is the Arroyos’ reign of manipulation, fraud and deceit."

The senator said that contrary to Arroyo's claim, there was no closure in the Jose Pidal probe "because it was swept under the rug by his persistent invoking of his right to privacy."

Earlier, Lacson said he may have evidence disproving the claim of Arroyo, brother of former First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo, that he owns the “Jose Pidal” accounts.

In 2003, Lacson delivered a privilege speech where he linked the then First Gentleman to the “Jose Pidal” bank accounts, which were allegedly used to launder money. The first gentleman denied the allegation while Iggy Arroyo claimed he owned the accounts.