Lawyer shields Mikey aide on ‘shabu’ Pajero



ALMEDA in one of his Facebook photos

The former chief of staff of Ang Galing Pinoy party-list Representative Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo let his lawyer do the talking in a bid to clear his name a day after it cropped up in connection with a P50-million drug bust in Makati City, in which a government vehicle lent to him in 2008 yielded nine kilos of “shabu.”

Speaking for Antonio Mariano Almeda, lawyer Jay Flaminiano on Thursday said his client had asked his driver to return the Mitsubishi Pajero to the National Power Corp. (Napocor) sometime in 2010 and “that was the last of it.”

Reached on the phone, Flaminiano said Almeda was reminded by Representative Arroyo, his boss at that time, to return the vehicle to Napocor that year. Almeda then instructed his driver to do just that.

Later, when Almeda asked the driver for receipts attesting to the turnover of the vehicle, the latter said the papers would soon follow, according to Flaminiano.

“We’re making our own inquiries as to why (the vehicle figured in the drug bust),” Flaminiano said. He declined to give further details but said Almeda, also a lawyer and currently a vice mayoral candidate in Caloocan City under the United Nationalist Alliance, would issue a statement on Friday.

Napocor on Wednesday revealed that it lent the Pajero (SEP 825) to Almeda in April 2008 when Arroyo was still chairman of the House committee on energy. Almeda then requested a vehicle he could use in inspecting decommissioned power plants in Luzon and Eastern Visayas, Napocor recalled in a statement.

Napocor said it had written thrice to Arroyo’s office since June 2010 asking for the vehicle’s return, but that the letters remained unanswered.

The company made the disclosure after the Pajero figured in Tuesday’s arrest of suspected American drug dealer Brian Hill in his Makati City condominium. Police said Hill later led them to the vehicle.

The American was formally charged on Thursday at the Department of Justice, which set the preliminary investigation hearing of his case on Monday.

In Camp Crame, Chief Inspector Roque Merdegia, chief investigator of the Philippine National Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (PNP-AIDSOTF), clarified that Almeda was not yet considered under investigation in relation to the drug bust.

Merdegia added that the Pajero was “last seen (at) nightclubs in August 2010 somewhere in Manila and it was not Almeda who was using it.”

The official said investigators were still “gathering documents” and checking how the Pajero ended up with Hill, 32, who was arrested at The Columns, an upscale address at the corner of Ayala and Gil Puyat Avenues.

He said the police were still waiting for a formal reply from Napocor on the matter, although the state-run company had already issued a media statement pointing to Almeda as the vehicle’s last known user.—With a report from Christine O. Avendaño

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  • LabuyoB

    Napocor said it had written thrice to Arroyo’s office since June 2010 asking for the vehicle’s return, but that the letters remained unanswered (PDI)
    Flaminiano said Almeda was reminded by Representative Arroyo, his boss at that time, to return the vehicle to Napocor that year. Almeda then instructed his driver to do just that. (PDI)

    Later, when Almeda asked the driver for receipts attesting to the turnover of the vehicle, the latter said the papers would soon follow, according to Flaminiano. (PDI)

    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…………..rewrite your script atty. flameniano, not a convincing one….. 

    • PutingAgila

      Tama sabi mo, LabuyoB.
      Flaminiano believes Almeda who in turn believed what the driver said, “the papers would soon follow.” Hindi yata pag-iisip ng matinong tao ito. Parang pag-iisip ng nagpapalusot.

    • Jack

      a short letter address to napocor, duly signed by almeda, attesting that the pajero had been received by napocor will do. 

  • rjimenez1226


  • batangsulpok

    Sobra naman ang palusot nitong si Almeda pati ang abogado na si Flaminiano kasi bakit ang ididiin ay driver na sunod lang ng sunod sa utos ng amo.

  • Noel

    All alibis come out whenever a crime is discovered and reported.  Poor suspects immediately get arrested and thrown to jail while VIP suspects like Mikey and his staff hire lawyers to speak for them.  That’s the kind of justice we have.

  • Jim De Garman

    atty Flaminiano is just reading an scripted letter from mikey he’s shielding Almeda but the evidence is clearly pointing to shield mikey.

  • Jimmy

    mikey arrovo, atty almeda , atty flaminiano and  brian hill are all birds of the same feather…! !!!!
    dapat sa mga yan eh sinasalvage na…!!!!!!!!!!

    • Magsasaka

       yon nga ang problema mga pipitsuging kriminal lang ang kaya ng mga duwagis na pulis hehehe

    • dkgboy

      Lawmaker kuno,Lawyer Politician,Lawyer Practitioner,Lawbreaker…….birds of the same F ?…KaLaw (Pecker )? LawIn (Eagle) or LawKo-lawko (Cuckoo)??

  • domingog

    Arroyos, mga salot kayo!  

    • captainramius

      They should have been the one dumped in Subic Bay

  • tolits31

    Yan na nagtuturuan na,,driver na ipakukulong nila sa mga kasakiman ng mga magananakaw..
    Almeda paano ka mananalo sa caloocan,eh may KALOKOHAN KA PALA..

    • D_BystandeR

      That was a clear ploy of Almeda to claim that his driver had already effected the return of the pajero but only that the papers will soon follow. This alibi is completely unacceptable because he did not make a thorough follow-up or that he was thinking nobody will ask him about it because he got a strong “backup” who was GMA’S son, Mikey Arroyo. Now that he is running for a political position this case will surely bring him down.

  • Hey_Dudes

    If we have martial law which is what we should have given our discipline problem in the country, it will only take a day to decide on this lawlessness and perhaps another 30 minutes for the firing squad to get rid of what Gloria Makapal Arrovo used to coin – ‘termites of society’.  The country is not run by people elected to office by the people but of lawyers who are no better than the cayotes in the wilds subverting every little thing to save the skin of many iiieskambags they’re representing.

    • Magsasaka

      martial law?and who are the martials?the state security forces who are police and criminal at the same time?the AFP with magnanakaw generals with an army who will execute and kill anyone including a biologist, a daughter of their nemesis and students of state U?
      the lawyers will have all the alibis but it is up for the judges – hoodlums in robes to make the judgement.
      but i agree with martial law just to rid our society with this kind of evil personalities, trapos, cult, brotherhood who are now in control of our government.

      • chingnarciso

        Better yet,bring back the death penalty..if found guilty,let the firing squad do the job..instead being incarcerated and have all the luxury living in that New Bilibid where the nest of the crooks..sorry, enough is enough cuddling the criminals…

      • Magsasaka

        agree just don’t include the fall guys hehehe

  • blainz

    Lawyer shielding lawyer shielding Mikey from being linked to a drug-dealer.

    Leave it to the Arroyos to come up with a two-layered preparation for palusot.

  • Pedro


    • InSearchOfTruth

      mukhang ganun nga ang mangyayari.  tapos sasabihin ng pajero na sya mismo ang kusang naglayas sa napocor kahit isinosoli na sya ni almeda.  case closed agad kasi di naman ata pwede kasuhan yung pajero…  :-P

    • MaySenseBa

      Yung Pajero, tutulad yan sa amo niyang si Mickey.  It will say, “I will answer all the appropriate charges at the right time and venue. Sue me!”

  • virgoyap

    It’s not surprising if the lawyers will defend Mikey. They are being paid for that. How much? Alam natin na malaking pera yan!! The big question is: how come the pajero with red plate number was in the hands of a big time American drug dealer? Abangan ang susunod na kabanata….

  • chingnarciso

    Napocor lent the vehicle on 2008,and ask the vehicle to return on 2010,thats two years that somebody using this vehicle’s with a government  plate #.and 2012 when they found out where  the Pajero at.Wow,sound’s fishy to me……

  • sasama

    ….damay na naman si palkups mikey….

  • ngayonyan

    walang mangyayari sa kaso na yan, mga prosecutor sa Pinas napaka bhobssssssss saka bulsa sandali lng lagyan!!!

  • InSearchOfTruth

    “Later, when Almeda asked the driver for receipts attesting to the turnover of the vehicle, the latter said the papers would soon follow, according to Flaminiano.”

    tama ba yun na ang isang abogado na kagaya ni almeda hindi magre-require ng acknowledgement receipt as evidence na naisauli na yung pajero?  hindi ba nya binigyan ng papel yung dirver na na papapirmahan sa kung sino ang magre-receive nung pajero?

    at kung totoong sinulatan sya ng napocor ng tatlong beses na ipinapasauli sa kanya yung pajero, bakit hindi sya nagtaka na wala pa sa napocor yung pajero gayung ipinasauli na nya ito?

  • captainramius

    Anak ng patula ito mga politicians natin.  Sigurado baka yong gas sa pag gamit ng Pajero nayan bayad pa ng Napocor up to now ? Pera natin yan.  Napocor kayo mga govt officials nakaupo dyan sus maryosep asset nyo pinabayaan na lang . 

    • diamond_digger

       Tama ka na naman Captain! Hindi lang yan! Can you just imagine a government-controlled-corporation like Napocor having about 20 vice-presidents. Do they think they are bigger and operates more complicatedly than the country called Philippines that has only one vice-[resident? Or has Napocor now achieved the status of a multi-national corporation?

  • captainramius

    I dont believe this Almeda na ito.   Pajero pinabayaan nya lang , kay sino na issue ito ng Napocor siguro naman yong govt agency na ito may sistema naman sa pag pahiram ng vehicle kay sa staff pa ng isang tongressman .   So Napocor in charge ng asset nyo sagutin mo nga sino sa booksang borrower?

  • Gene

    malas ang mga aroyo sa pajero.

  • captainramius

    Ito si Mikey Arroyo, from bogus party list, to tax issue to this …. paano man na elect ito as congressman ?  Although all will say dami dyan sa congress classmate nya

    • diamond_digger

       You hit the nail right on its head, Captain! The sad thing though is that a lot of people would rather close their eyes on all these issues come election time. And there are those who has the intellectual capacity to really understand the issues and its ramifications but would rather forget it in favor of something else.

  • randyaltarejos

    Expect fraternal connections and influences to take center stage in this controversy. Media men must try to scour or dig deeper into the case against the American national who was caught red-handed with illegal drugs worth P50 million. Media men must exhaust all means to find out who is the judge who will handle the case. Conduct a background investigation on the fraternal connection of the judge who is assigned to the case.

    • Manuel Tu

      baka order of utopia yung judge???

  • Jess


    • diamond_digger

       Tama ka Jess! Ang nakakatawa pa is that Almeda’s protector-lawyer has probably forgot that his client is also a lawyer. Why didn’t Almeda call the Napocor if indeed the car has been returned by the driver as he instructed. As if Jay Flaminiano is trying to tell us that his client was outsmarted by his driver. Oh come on, Jay, tell that to the marines.  You might as well bang your head to that of your father.

  • lionheart58

    A flimsy reason…..No one in his right mind, a Chief of Staff at that, will accept hook, line and sinker the statement from his driver that the hand over paper of the SUV would just follow.  What did he do after almost two years to ensure that the SUV was really turned over to the NPC?  Inilibing na lang sa limot?  

  • Love God

    He is lucky his mom abolished death penalty.

    • stealth ice

      Mommy knows best. Alam niya kalokohan ng anak niya. Kaya pinabasura niya agad para di na humantong pa ang anak niya dun.

  • Qwxyz

    Naku kawawang driver pag nagkataon, FALL GUY

  • King Leonidas

    A weird story indeed….Everyone here including the American who was caught with the drugs are still considered SUSPECTS……Nakakapagtaka nga yung ginawa nung Kano eh Kasi kung sindikato yan at matagal ng pusher/dealer ng drugs yan….Why was he so careless? Why did he even surrender and immediately volunteered to show the cocaine he had? Without asking anything or even looking for a warrant from the arresting officers? No resistance? But one thing is CLEAR…..Nandun sa condo unit niya at sa sasakyan na ginagamit niya yung droga….So dun palang sabit siya….Ngayon yung kay Almeda naman…..Nakakapagtaka din yung explanation niya……Pero since lumalabas sa report ni MERDEGIA  na 2010 pa pala nakikita yung Pajero sa mga nightclub sa Manila being used by another person….So I assume mahirap naman patunayan na may kinalaman nga siya dito sa drug dealing na’to…..Although he has to explain his part on not having an official slip or document to prove that he returned the Pajero nung 2010…Pero sana wag naman haluan ng POLITIKA ang kasong to

  • Pio Gante

    hanapin yung memorandum receipt dahil yun ang binibigay pag nag-issue ng gov’t property at yun din ang kina-cancel pag nag turn-over at isinauli ang mga gamit. kaduda-duda naman ito dahil  kahit na acknowledgement receipt ay wala man lang maipakita. ang bagsak tuloy ng sisi napunta sa driver.

  • stealth ice

    It’s so easy to wah hands. I admire their lawyers for coming up with somebody to be blamed which in this case a driver. The VIP personally borrowed the car from the NAPOCOR then just ordered his driver to returned it. It’s a crap. non-sense story from this lawyer.

  • $29483279

    American drug dealer  Brian Hills caught in a condo in Makati in possession of P50m worth of illegal, drugs & using a NAPOCOR vehicle loaned to Mikey’s chief of staff, Atty. Almeda? Who is Hills and whose condo is he using?

    Worth digging more info on this case to find out if hill is alone in this illegal drug activity.

     Very interesting.

    • coty

       look at the Cheshire cat smile of this Hills, he’s projecting a lot of confidence that in our over used “due process” he will walk, just like that! when you have that connection that goes all the way to our most influential persons then you can smile like a banshee! no problemo!

  • kilabot

    at ang driver sinabi nya sa carwash boy na isoli ang pajero sa napocor.

  • $29483279

    Magdududa pa ba kayo kung sino utak sa likod ng sindikatong ito? Malinaw na malinaw kung saan nakaturo ang arrow.

    Karaniwan, kung sino nagdrodroga eh siyang involve sa droga.

    Huwag na ninyong pagtakpan ang pinuno ng sindikatong ito. Ikakanta rin ni Hills yan.

    Hintay lang tayo.

    • ApoNiLolo

      Kung hindi sya itutumba. >: D

      • $29483279

         Ganito na ba kadesperado ang addict na ito? Hindi puwedeng payagan ang ala Alcapone way of silencing witnesses dito sa pinas.  Wala tayo sa Chicago.Duwag yang bangag na si addict yabang.

        Huwag kang magtago sa saya ng nanay mo at pantalon ng abogado at tauhan  mo. Ilalantad ka rin in a short while tandaan mo yan.

  • tarikan

    Dati carnapping, hold-up, bank robbery ngayon drugs na para makalikum ng campaign funds. 

  • Lawrence

    “He declined to give further details but said Almeda, also a lawyer and currently a vice mayoral candidate in Caloocan City under the United Nationalist Alliance, would issue a statement on Friday. ”

    Pusta ko sasabihin nya “Paninira ng mga kalaban ko sa politika”. Nyeta

  • ztefertilizerscam9

    Mikey Arroyo’s importation of 32 thoroughbred horses 
    from Australia worth P384 million.

    Former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo used 2 choppers 16 
    times, son Mikey 69

    Jose Miguel Arroyo owned helicopters’
    all Robinson R44 Raven Is with Series Nos. 1370 to 1374
    A total of $1,423,025 was paid to Lionair for the five 

    DATO ARROYO wife bought the condo unit for $570,000, 
     70-square-meter one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit (Unit 
    No. 533) at the luxury high-rise, full-service Gramercy 
    Towers located at 1177 California St. in upscale downtown 
    San Francisco.

    MIKEY from P50 thousand SALN to Millions of moneyUndeclared U.S. Properties and subsequent tax evasion chargesIn August 2009, VERA Files, a group of veteran Filipino journalists, reported that Arroyo “has failed to declare in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN) for the last two years a $1.32 million or P63.7 million beachfront property in the San Francisco Bay Area inCalifornia, which he bought and then transferred to his wife Angela in 2006.” The house is located in Beach Park Blvd in Foster City in San Mateo County.

    • $20722540

      so ano ngayon kong meron silang mga ari-arian?  baka gusto mo for them to donate these properties to raise revenues instead of the new sin tax

      • $29483279

         Hanggang ngayon marami pa ring taong tanga talaga.

      • $20722540

        oo nga no…mga taong nagmamagaling na wala sa lugar

  • Ronald Diaz

    Jail the pigs ARROYO’s … they were all scum bag. 

  • Janch

    This Antonio Mariano Almeda was also convicted in the Lenny Villa hazing case.

    • coty

      and he got away with it! and that is our system of justice! derisive laughter!

  • scconcern

    Diba kaya yang Brian Hill ay expat na pinagamit ng pajero???? Kapag expat yan ang kasalan nasa NAPOCOR.
    Bakit walang imbentaryo ang COA, taon taon dapat ginagawa ng COA yan. Dapat napansin agad yan. Lahat ng ahensiya dapat mag-submit ng listahan ng kagamitan at tao.
    SOP ang imbentaryo, maliit o malaking multi-national kompany.

  • Pluma Mana

     baka sa kalaunan, mawawala na ang issue ng drugs sa kasong ito at masesentro ang tuon sa pajero…

  • stupid chink

    Hindi kasalanan ng driver un. Iniutos lang din ng driver dun sa gwardya sa kongreso. Tpos inutos ng gwardya sa canteen na isoli ung kotse. Kso busy ung canteen kya pinakisuyuan nila ung nagtitinda ng yosi sa labas. Ang tunay na may kasalanan ay yung nagtitinda ng yosi. Nyeta talaga

  • KaAsar

    Ano!!! Noon 2010 pang inutos na ibalik, eh 2012 na hindinpa naibabalik??? Por dios por santo!!!!
    Dapat nakasuahn na ng carnapping yan!!!!

    Sus talaga nga naman ang PHIL gov’t bureaucratic lethargy & buratcratic inefficiency!! Walang malasakit!!! Mga pabaya sa tungkulin!!! At eto naman si mikey…..

  • coty

    here’s just one solid reason why NAPOCOR is losing a lot of money, there’s just too many leeches and they suck real pretty hard!

  • charlie_oscar

    Ang AYALA BOYS…dito!

  • George

    adding Arroyo”s name on this, i can smell 25 years to life. time to call mommyyyyyyy!!!!

  • $29483279

    After 3 working days since this breaking news was released, focus of the media including the social media are still focused on the lowly driver and the NAPOCOR pajero.

    Who really Brian Hills is who has been for 4 long years here? What is Hills status todate? An american tourist ? An american employed with working visa? How come he has this much  Illegal drugs in his possession? These are some few but important infos. that we want to know.

    Let’s simply do what other countries, like China, do on cases like this: Death penalty regardless of nationality. Possession of several kilos off Illegal drug is appalling.

    PDI reporters Felisse Mangunay and Nikko Dizon,  I am confident you can do a better reporting job in your next report.

    • $20722540

      galing mo talaga paurong kong magisip

  • randyaltarejos

    This is a piece of crap. Why would somebody return something that is not covered by a receipt? Did the driver return the vehicle on a Sunday? Again, I suspect fraternal brotherhood is playing a monkey business in this case. If I’m going to write a news story on this aspect, my angle would focus on how the link of a fraternity is getting in the way of the legal process in this case. Politics, too.

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