Arroyo denies link to Pajero in drug bust

Ang Galing Pinoy (AGP) party-list Rep. Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo denied any link to a government vehicle which was found to be carrying P50 million worth of illegal drugs.

The son of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said authorities are barking up the wrong tree when they revealed connection between him and the red-plated car.

The vehicle in question is a Mitsubishi Pajero, whose driver Brian Hills was nabbed Wednesday for carrying nine kilos of shabu as well as other drug paraphernalia.

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The vehicle was traced to the National Power Corporation, who claimed on Wednesday that it had earlier been loaned to lawyer Antonio Almeda, who in 2008 frequented the agency's decommissioned power plants for inspection.

Almeda was formerly chief of staff to Arroyo, who chaired the House Committee on Energy during the 14th Congress.

The NPC further claimed that Almeda has not responded to several requests over a span of two years for him to return the Pajero.

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Sought for comment, Arroyo said: "Maybe you should ask him (Atty. Antonio Almeda) instead to get facts better."
Arroyo lawyer Ferdinand Topacio also noted that the party-list lawmaker ordered all assets to be returned after his term as energy committee chair ended in 2010.

This, as he urged the public not to jump into any conclusion.
"We don't know what happened after 2010. We are not doing an inquiry how it ended up with the American," Topacio said, referring to Hills.

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