Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Did President Macapagal Arroyo know of NBN irregularities before she signed the deal?

It seems that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's crisis management and damage control teams are mixing messages.
Villar: Arroyo 'admission' on ZTE, a case of 'I'm sorry part 2?'

Mrs Arroyo, in an interview on dzRH radio Saturday, said that she was told of irregularities in the NBN deal with ZTE Corp the night before the contract for the said project was signed on April 21, 2007 in Boao, China.

She said she could not immediately call it off because it would put the Philippines and China in an embarrassing situation.
Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye sounded tired and ragged on radio as he explained that the President never said that she intended to cancel the NBN deal.

This morning, Senator Manuel Roxas called up the time line of the ZTE and demonstrated that Malacanang had no intention of scuttling the NBN deal at all until the Supreme Court came up with a Temporary Restraining Order.

While scanning the internet for the timeline mentioned by Roxas, I came across this article.
Roxas: Arroyo should suspend officials in NBN irregularity

Sen. Manuel Roxas II on Tuesday called on President Arroyo to suspend those who were believed to be involved in the alleged irregular national broadband network (NBN) deal with China’s ZTE Corp.

Roxas also said that in order to bring back the credibility of the government, officials should be ordered to testify in Senate hearings on the scrapped $329-million deal by removing Executive Order 464 which has been used by members of Cabinet from refraining to attend the inquiry.

"Ang maganda ay ibalik ng Pangulo ang kredibilidad sa tanggapan ng Pangulo. Yan ang pinakamahalaga sa pamahalaan natin. I-suspend niya ang may kinalaman. Kapag tinanggal ang [Executive Order] 464, utusan niya lahat na may kinalaman na pumunta sa Senado at magsabi ng katotohanan. Doon maibabalik niya ang credibility sa pamahalaan," Roxas said.

(The best thing to do is for the President to bring back the credibility of the Office of the President. That’s the most important thing right now. She should suspend those who were involved in this deal. She should lift the Executive Order 464, order her officials to attend the Senate hearings and tell the truth. Through this, the government can regain its credibility)

However, in my view, nothing can restore Gloria's credibility and she will not allow people to find out the truth.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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The soundtrack it provides might help us discern the truth better about the man.

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