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Palace assures whistle-blowers' protection to build strong case against the Arroyos

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Malacanang made an assurance Saturday that it is willing to protect whistle-blowers who will come up with new evidence against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her husband Jose Miguel Arroyo as the Aquino administration builds its cases against them.

“We have consistently said this in the past that we will extend assistance, we will evaluate the evidence on anybody who wants to come forward and to give evidence or testimony not just on cases against the Arroyos but on any wrongdoing that they know of,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in an interview over government-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday.

“Nakita na naman natin iyan, that this is one of the very few administrations that has extended help and protection to so-called whistle-blowers,” she added.

Last week, President Benigno S. Aquino III told the officers and members of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) in a forum in Makati City that his administration will be filing charges for large-scale corruption against the former leader by November.

The details of the possible charges against Mrs. Arroyo are still being finalized, President Aquino said.

Efforts to put closure on the unresolved corruption cases against the previous government will soon be bearing fruit with indictments against corrupt officials of the previous administration, the President said.

Malacanang also said that it respects the independence of the Office of the Ombudsman with regards to the handling of corruption charges to be filed against the Arroyos.

The Palace said that by not putting a definite time frame in prosecuting the former leader, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales only shows her independence from the Executive branch. (PNA)




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