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Palace welcomes Mike Arroyo ‘exoneration’

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by Joel Guinto

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang welcomed the reported pronouncement of the World Bank that there is no solid evidence to link First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo to the alleged rigging of bids for infrastructure projects funded by the international financial institution.

“We’re glad to hear that there’s no evidence [against the First Gentleman], that’s why we should be careful next time. Before we implicate people, let’s look at the basis of the allegations,” deputy presidential spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo told reporters at the

“This is very much welcome so that, once and for all, the issue will be put to rest,” she added.

Over the weekend, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said the World Bank wrote her to say that there was no evidence against Mr. Arroyo.

Santiago chairs the Senate committee that investigated the alleged rigged biddings.

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