Palace: No selective prosecution in Mark Lapid case


Posted at Aug 18 2011 04:42 PM | Updated as of Aug 19 2011 03:15 PM

MANILA, Philippines - A Palace spokesman on Thursday said there is "no selective prosecution of officials" following reports that President Aquino took no action against Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) chief operating officer Mark Lapid.

Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said outgoing Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim did not mention the President's alleged inaction on the Lapid case as a reason for his resignation. He said he is not privy if Lim took up Lapid's case with the President.

Lim on Wednesday said he had informed Aquino of Commission on Audit findings that showed alleged "misdeeds" in TIEZA, formerly known as the Philippine Tourism Authority.

Asked how the President reacted to the COA report on TIEZA, Lim said: "What he did say was there are other considerations, bigger political considerations and to time it properly. I understand. There's much bigger fish to catch."

Mark Lapid, son of Sen Lito Lapid, was elected COO of TIEZA last Feb. 22, 2010.

A Vera Files report earlier said Lim was told to wait because Malacañang needed the vote of Lapid's father on the bill postponing the elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. With a report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News