New WB report probe panel up

First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo and the banned contractors may have been absolved by Sen. Miriam Santiago of their alleged participation in the bribery and bid-rigging controversy stemming from witnesses’ accounts as told to the World Bank (WB), but they may not be quite off the hook as yet.

The Senate caucus yesterday yielded an agreement to the effect that while Santiago retains jurisdiction over the WB probe by her panel on economic afffairs, she has been reduced to merely covering the economic aspect while other Senate panels, such as the blue ribbon committee, may take on the “criminal” aspect of the bribery and bid-rigging controversy.

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