Blue Ribbon seeks graft raps vs FG, others in ZTE mess

The Senate blue ribbon committee has recommended the filing of graft charges against First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo and other personalities involved in the alleged bribery surrounding the $329-million National Broadband Network (NBN) project the government entered with China’s ZTE Corp. in April 2007.

In a press conference Tuesday, committee chairman Sen. Richard Gordon said there is no doubt that Mr. Arroyo had dipped his hands on the government project. “He was where people who are participants to the project converged,” he said.

GMANews.TV tried contacting Mr. Arroyo’s lawyer, Ruy Rondain, but he could not be reached.

No charges however were recommended for President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, but Gordon said she should explain why she did not immediately act on the alleged bribery when it was brought to her attention.

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