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Arroyo didn’t commit ‘sin of omission’

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 18:26:00 02/23/2009

MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE) President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo did not commit a “sin of ommission” in connection with the P728-million fertilizer fund scam, contrary to the findings of a Senate investigation, Malacañang said.

Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said the Palace also welcomed the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee’s recommendation to charge former agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn Bolante before the courts over the purchase of alleged overpriced and sub-standard farm inputs.

“It’s too early to say that the President committed a sin of omission,” Remonde said in a statement.

“It is not true that the President failed to act on the case. She has directed the PAGC (Presidential Anti-Graft Commission) to look into it. The PAGC, however, terminated its investigation when the Ombudsman started its official probe,” he said.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo said the Senate report was “based on inference, not evidence.”

“The President cannot be made responsible for something she has no involvement in and (no) knowledge of,” she said.

“It’s good that Bolante, et al will now have their day in court to prove their innocence in the event that a case against them is eventually filed in court,” he said.

Kickbacks from the overpriced fertilizers were allegedly funneled to Arroyo’s 2004 campaign chest.

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