House steers clear of First Gentleman

The House of Representatives on Wednesday looked once again into the World Bank blacklisting of three Philippine contractors, and tiptoed around Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo’s purported ties with one of them.

Only Davao del Sur Rep. Marc Cagas brought up the purported connection of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s husband with Eduardo de Luna and E.C. de Luna Construction Corp. And Cagas said the investigation of the House committee on public works was limited to determining if there was collusion in the bidding for road projects, as had been alleged.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson disclosed on Tuesday at the Senate inquiry into the blacklisting scandal that De Luna and Mike Arroyo had met at least 20 times in 2002, as indicated in the supposed appointments book of the latter.

According to Cagas, it puzzled him why Mike Arroyo’s name always cropped up during congressional probes. Addressing De Luna, he asked whether the President’s husband had helped the witness secure government contracts.

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