MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Panfilo Lacson on Tuesday hit Negros Occidental Rep. Iggy Arroyo for setting a condition for his appearance before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, which is currently investigating the alleged anomalous sale of choppers to the police being linked to his brother, former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo.
Rep. Arroyo had said in an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN's Europe News Bureau that he will face the inquiry only if Lacson divulges how he went into hiding for a year and why he has not been investigated.
"He is in no position to impose any condition on anyone," Lacson told reporters. "May invitation siya, at sa invitation hindi siya compelled magpunta. Wala kaming intention na i-compel siya. Siya nga ang ginagawan namin ng pabor para sagutin ang mga rebuttal sa kanyang ipinalabas na lease agreement kuno."
Rep. Arroyo released a lease agreement to show that the Arroyo family's LTA Inc. only leased the choppers-two of which were sold to the Philippine National Police as brand new-in 2004, contrary to allegations that the former presidential husband owned them.
Senators believe the lease agreement was only made to cover up for the elder Arroyo.