Iggy's chopper document tampered, says Lacson

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 17 2011 12:04 AM | Updated as of Aug 17 2011 08:04 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Senator Panfilo Lacson on Tuesday expressed doubts on the veracity of the the alleged lease contract between the Arroyo-owned LTA Inc. and Lionair over helicopters sold to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Lacson, who reviewed the document, said he found at least 3 inconsistencies.

"Ito rin ang magbabaon sa kanila dahil malinaw dito na kung i-examine iyung mismong lease agreement, dinu-doktor nila. Ang conclusion dito, pwede silang ma-charge ng falsification, at iyung notary public, pwedeng ma-disbar," he said.

Negros Occidental Rep. Ignacio Arroyo earlier said the purported aircraft fleet service agreement between LTA and Lionair shows that the second-hand helicopters sold to the PNP in 2009 were not owned by the former First Gentleman, but were but merely leased.

The document states that the lease agreement between Renato Sia of Lionair and Rep. Arroyo of LTA was notarized March 16, 2004.

However, the same document said Sia's residence certificate was issued 17 days after on April 2, 2004.

The document bears the signatures of both Sia and Arroyo on the last page.

However, the other pages carry only Arroyo's signature, contrary to the usual practice of both parties signing every page.

Lacson also found it incredible that the lease agreement containing the registry and tail numbers of the 5 helicopters was finalized on March 16, because official documents showed that 3 of the 5 helicopters arrived in the country only on March 17 and March 24, and were registered only later.

This is the third time that Rep. Arroyo has owned up to something his older brother was being accused of.

Years back, he claimed to be the real owner of US properties linked to Mike Arroyo and his wife, then Vice-President Gloria Arroyo.

Iggy had also insisted that he, and not his brother, was the real "Jose Pidal," who owned several bank accounts amounting to hundreds of millions of pesos.

With iggy taking up the cudgels for his brother once more, Lacson sees an opportunity to grill both Arroyos. "Sasabihan namin 'yong chairman ng (Senate) committee na imbitahan si Iggy Arroyo," he said.

However, it remains uncertain if and when the Senate will get its hands on the Arroyo brothers.

The former First Gentleman is still under doctor's advice to avoid a potentially stressful Senate hearing, while Iggy is in London also for medical treatment. - report from Lynda Jumilla, ABS-CBN News; ANC