Mike Arroyo denies selling overpriced choppers to PNP
(SPOT.ph) Mike Arroyo has denied involvement in selling overpriced used helicopters to the Philippine National Police after a businessman named the former first gentleman as the original owner of the choppers, reports the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Lion Air president Archibald Po announced before the Senate yesterday, August 2, that Arroyo passed off two of his R44 Raven I helicopters as brand new and sold them to the PNP in 2009.
Arroyo's lawyer, Inocencio Ferrer Jr., however, reasoned that his client's name does not appear in any of the documents presented by Po. "We listened to their testimonies, especially that of Archibald Po, and it appears that he just wants to drag the name of Mr. Arroyo to this case. We will file a complaint of perjury against him for certifying to a fact that is not true," he said in a phone interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
In a GMA News report, Po also revealed that the former first gentleman telephoned him just before he made his testimony before the Senate's blue ribbon committee yesterday. "(He was) just wondering what’s happening," he said, adding that the conversation was short and that Arroyo did not tell him anything else.
GMA News report on the first gentleman’s alleged involvement in the chopper scandal