Witnesses tag Arroyo hubby in bribery for road projects

MANILA, Philippines – Witnesses interviewed by the World Bank (WB) in its investigation into the alleged rigged bids for its road projects in the country pointed to First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo as involved in bribery of infrastructure projects funded by the Bank, an opposition senator said on Wednesday.

In a telephone interview with GMANews.TV, Sen. Panfilo Lacson cited a portion of the WB report where witnesses told Bank investigators that the husband of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and a former senator had to be bribed for them to enter into businesses in the country.

“There are at least eight witnesses na na-interview (ng World Bank), at least eight witnesses ang nagtestify, sinasabi yung rigging ng bid at tsaka yung bribery sa ibang officials. One former senator, he was named, tapos si FG… Sabi nila, di ka makakapasok sa negosyo kung di ka maglalagay sa mga tao na ‘yun,” Lacson said.

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