MANILA, Philippines - The Land Transportation Office (LTO) office in CARAGA region confirmed that the silver Mitsubishi Montero Sport of Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos is registered in his name.
Based on the LTO's records, the luxury Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) was registered under Pueblos' name last September 22, 2009 during the incumbency of then-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
This was over 2 months after PCSO released P1.7 million on July 9, 2009 to the Diocese of Butuan.
"Ang sa amin lang beni-verify lang namin...kung anumang information ang lumabas, yun na yun," said Atty. Alim Pangandaman, director of the Department of Transportation and Communication in CARAGA.
ABS-CBN saw the 2009 Mitsubishi Montero Sport parked at the garage of the Bishop's Palace on Sunday.
Pueblos had asked Mrs. Arroyo for funds to buy him a new vehicle as a birthday gift in exchange for his support for her administration.
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines on Monday apologized to the public for the PCSO controversy.