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PIA Press Release
2007/09/19

Cong. Arroyo appeals not to drag FG in NBN issue

by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (19 September) -- Congressman Juan Miguel Arroyo appealed to the critics of First Gentleman Mike Arroyo not to drag his father's name in the National Broadband Network (NBN) issue.

This was the reaction of the Pampanga Congressman when interviewed by a local radio station following the appearance of businessman Jose de Venecia III before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee investigation, where the name of the First Gentleman was mentioned as the "mystery man" behind the NBN deal controversy.

He said that his father's side on the issue was not heard yet, and he considered it very unfair.

In the same radio interview, Cong. Arroyo appealed to leave the First Gentleman alone as he is still recuperating from his recent operation.

Cong. Arroyo reasoned out that the First Gentleman's trip abroad was planned out long before the issue cropped up.

Meanwhile, citing the integrity and fortitude of the highest court in the land to come up with fair and unbiased decisions, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo directed Transportation and Communications Secretary Leandro Mendoza to appear before the Supreme Court and explain the $329-million NBN deal between the government and ZTE Corp. of China.

In a statement read before the Cabinet-National Economic and Development Authority Board meeting in Malacanang, the President said and SC decision will finally put to rest all controversies hounding the contract. (PIA) [top]

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