Former Arroyo staff denies keeping government-owned Pajero

Ang Galing Pinoy party-list Representative Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo

Former presidential son Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The former staff of Ang Galing Pinoy Partylist Representative Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo on Friday denied ownership of the government-owned vehicle tagged in the arrest of an American national allegedly involved in illegal drugs trade.

Lawyer Antonio Mariano Almeda, in a statement sent to reporters, said he returned the Mitsubishi Pajero (SEP 825) issued by the National Power Corporation for his use as then staff of Arroyo, who at the time chaired the committee on energy at the House of Repreentatives.

“I returned the vehicle to Napocor after I ceased serving Congressman Arroyo in an official and professional capacity at the end of 2009. I have not possessed or used or driven the Pajero since then,” he said.

“As far as I recall, I ordered my driver to return the Pajero and was given a check-list by Napocor as proof of delivery of the Pajero,” Almeda added.

He further denied knowing 33-year-old Brian Hills whom authorities believed to have used the government-issued Pajero in delivering illegal drugs to his clients.

“I have never met him. I never delivered the Pajero to him. I have never been to his residence. I have no idea how he came to possess the Pajero or how the Pajero wound up in his garage,” insisted Almeda.

Arroyo, son of former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, has chosen to remain mum on the issue.

Earlier, the NPC said they sent letters for the last two years to Arroyo’s office at the House, asking that the Pajero issued to Almeda be returned but received no reply.

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  • yesyesyo

    HHmmm. Between the NPC, who sent two letters demanding return of the car, and the arroyo camp, who said they already returned the car, the NPC is more believable.

  • PH2011

    Is it a government RED plate or a security Plate vehicle?

    It will mo more alarming if they are using government  RED plate vehicles in delivering illegal drugs.

    NAPOCOR President should speak regarding this matter. It’s under his command of responsibility.

  • wakats

    The mystery is getting deeper and more exciting than a james bond film.

    Atty. almeda said he already instructed his driver in 2009 to return the pajero to the napocor and was issued a checklist as proof of return.  On the other hand, the management of napocor said there’s no records of return and they even sent letters to mikey’s office for that purpose.

    The pajero has red plate and very convenient and safe for drug trafficking.  The CIDG and the NBI should exert extra efforts to determine why/how the controversial vehicle drove itself into the alleged drug trafficer’s parking area in a plush condo…   

  • joshmale2004

    Why not let Bryan Hill, the foreigner who was caught with the Pajero and drug, speak out and explain how he acquired the Pajero for his use. From this information, the police can work back and trace that Pajero from its point of origin. Magtuturuan lang ng magtuturuan ang NPC at si Almeda niyan.

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