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‘I do not know this American’, says Rep. Arroyo aide

Keeps hands off drug-laden SUV he once used

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ALMEDA

Without waiting for the police to question him, a local politician and former chief of staff of Ang Galing Pinoy Representative Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo on Friday denied any link to the suspected American drug dealer recently arrested in Makati City and to the government vehicle found loaded with nine kilos of “shabu.”

Antonio Mariano Almeda, who is running for vice mayor in Caloocan City in the 2013 elections under the United Nationalist Alliance, confirmed that the vehicle—a Mitsubishi Pajero—was lent to him by the National Power Corp. (Napocor) when he was still working for Arroyo.

But he said he already sent it back to the state-owned company in 2009 (not 2010, as claimed by his lawyer in a Philippine Daily Inquirer interview on Thursday).

Almeda recalled receiving a “checklist” from Napocor as proof that the vehicle was returned. His lawyer, however, said “we are presently trying to locate” that document.

In a statement, Almeda said:  “I do not know this American national Brian Hill.  I have never met him. I never delivered the Pajero to him. I have never been to his residence.”

He was referring to the 32-year-old American disc jockey who was arrested on Tuesday in an upscale Makati condominium and who later led police to the Pajero.

The vehicle was later traced as a property of Napocor, which then disclosed that it was lent to Almeda in 2008 when his boss, Arroyo, was still vice chair of the joint congressional power committee. The company also said it had tried unsuccessfully to get the vehicle back from Almeda by writing to Arroyo’s office thrice since June 2010.

But Almeda said Friday he was “surprised” when news reports still linked him to the Pajero when it figured in the Makati drug bust.

“I have no idea how he [Hill] came to possess the Pajero or how the Pajero wound up in his garage,” he said.

“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 stressed.

He said he used the vehicle for official visits to Napocor plants across the country when he was still working for Arroyo.

Almeda recalled ordering his driver to return the Pajero to Napocor in 2009. Later, he said, he got “a checklist” from Napocor as proof that it got the vehicle back.

Almeda could not be reached for an interview.

Instead, his lawyer Jay Flaminiano took the questions. Asked on the phone if Almeda could produce the “checklist” if needed, Flaminiano replied: “We are presently trying to locate the document to prove our point.”


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Tags: Antonio Mariano Almeda , Metro , Pajero , Rep. Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo


  • UrHONOR

    MAAARI namang totoo ang binabanggit na PALUSOT ng isang kabig ng mahilig at eksperto sa PALUSUTAN bilang supling ng tangingina at tangingama ng  PALUSUTAN ng bayan.

  • $14334231

    here we go again…alibis flying left and right…..

  • Luthmar

    I haven’t heard from any investigator asking B.Hill how he came to possess the vehicle.  

  • jeffrey_01

    we got Bullshits from Arroyo and Almeda.  Good excuse, but why not resoponded to the letters from NAPOCOR?

    Just deny it, hope that drug dealer Hill will not rat out.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CAWLT6SE3IC36RTDVRUIDWO364 Dag Erickson

    This Nathaniel Melican writer. Listen, i have never read a news so imbalanced. I DON’T KNOW WHERE DID YOU LEARN YOUR JOURNALISTIC SKILLS.  You never presented the side of Mr. Brian Hill and never the side of NAPOCOR.
        Try to smoothen your rough edges. Someday, you’ll be a great writer to the likes of idol Mon Tulfo.   

    • GintongLahi

      To the likes of Mon Tulfo?  He, he, he.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CAWLT6SE3IC36RTDVRUIDWO364 Dag Erickson

    Brian Hill need to be sanitized to prevent the minions of Antonio Almeda and the members of the alleged Arroyo Bloc Mafia from reaching him to silence him. This appear to be a fundraising operation for the members of this mafia group.

    • http://www.facebook.com/garry.j.ward.1 Garry James Ward

      You got it Dag. This is the Philippines. Brian Hill will be santized, you can bet on it. NAPOCOR will most certainly come up with the required documentation  to cover for this group of FUND RAISERS.Brian also needs to sharpen up a bit. Surely he must have known enough to keep his nose clean on this one. He is a DISK JOCKEY, this alone puts him in the right place to know the system and how it works..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CAWLT6SE3IC36RTDVRUIDWO364 Dag Erickson

    The government side need to be alerted too. The GMA Mafia group most likely will tell them the NAPOCOR to admit the vehicle was returned to them by Almeda. WE HAVE TO BE REAL QUICK !

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Ang alibi mo almeda bulok! ang lakas ng loob mo tumakbo ng pagka vice-mayor konsehal lang kumain ka na ng alikabok!

  • Barak_O

    sa mga taga caloocan، hwag botohan ang ugok na ito

    sinungaling، kurakot، bobo، opurtunista، drug pusher

    higit sa lahat nahawaan ng kamandag ng pamilya ni jose pidal

    salot dapat lipulin

  • MangDolphy

     Siempre, deny to death na si Almeda. Para ba’ng sa Mission Impossible na eksena. Pag nahuli ka, di kita kilala. Mukhang maraming pera itong drug lord na itong si Brian Hill.Dehin bukiki na rin ang mga pulis na humuli. Suspetsa ko maraming perang nakatago ito sa kanyang condo unit. High end pa mandin. Dapat guro, bantayan ni PNP-NCR Chief ang mga nag iimbestiga nito na tauhan nya. Tignan mo naman, yon lang nahuling shabu milyones na halaga, yon pa kayang di nahuli o mga naibenta na? Pag lumamig na ss dyaryo at television ito, baka mabalitaan na lang naka puslit na at nasa Amerika na. Di malayong mangyari, di ba?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GG4T5UNZ3P7SCHSRNJ7PF5JZMM Jimmy

    Pag nagkataon ang vice mayor ng caloocan ay DRUG LORD …..!!!!!!!!!

  • charlie_oscar

    Ang AYALA BOYS…dito!

  • basilionisisa

    Alemeda says he returned it (through his driver) to Napocor in 2009 when he ceased working for Cong Arroyo. Question is why did he have to return it directly to Napocor himself? Why didn’t he return it to the Congressman as it was the Congressman’s responsibility?

    And Napocor say they didn’t get the vehicle, (‘The company also said it had tried unsuccessfully to get the vehicle back from Almeda by writing to Arroyo’s office thrice since June 2010.’) and presumably they have document to prove it.

    Almeda has a lot to answer for, and so does Congressman Arroyo.

    Funny the reporter does not report anything about the alleged driver of Almeda. No news either on what the caught American had to say.

    More research please, Mr Melican. Complete your report, ask good questions.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3RMNEZCQQHXWOQRXJROQ2CORFU Homer Guo

    ang ending nyan yung driver na “nagsoli” daw ang malilintikan…wawa naman. lahat hugas kamay na. sabagay ganyan din si pontio pilato, hugas kamay.

  • NoWorryBHappy

     Antonio Mariano Almeda, who is running for vice mayor in Caloocan City
    in the 2013 elections under the United Nationalist Alliance, confirmed
    that the vehicle—a Mitsubishi Pajero—was lent to him by the National
    Power Corp. (Napocor) when he was still working for Arroyo.
    :
    Mga UNA candidates: kung hindi corrupt political dynasty, ay drug lord.
    Talagang lantaran kung mangurakot.
    Sasakayan pa ng Napocor ang ginamit para gumawa ng katiwalian.
    Isn’t Mr. Antonio Almeda’s responsibility to PERSONALLY return the vehicle which he borrowed?
    Napaka-arrogantre. Pinagamit pa para sa pagkalat ng bawal na gamot.
    Para sirain ang buhay ng ating mga kabataan Kawawang Plilipinas. These kinds of offenses by
    corrupt government officials warrant the return of the death penalty.
    “Surprised” pa kuno.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JC4FZSEBGFSRT26VSKEH674XNU Estong

    Ganito talaga ang nangyari sa Pajero. It was returned by Almeda’s driver to Napocor. Then doon sa garage, naiparada ang Pajero na naka-neutral at di naka-hand brake, gumulong nang gumulong hanggang sa muntik nang masagasaan si Brian Hill na nagawang makaakyat sa Pajero at naipreno niya ito. Ang problema, di niya alam kung saan isosoli ang Pajero kaya nag-decide siya na gamitin muna. Walang kasalanan si Almeda! peks man! pwe!

  • PH2011

    Crazy argument.

    Police/ Enforcers should immediately proceed to NAPOCOR property officer. They have the complete record when or if was really returned to NAPOCOR.

    The problem is, i think the NAPOCOR President is still an appointee of GMA.

  • Paliwaweng

    Common sense dictates that Napocor will not accept the borrowed vehicle to be returned not by the borrower himself.
    Would you, Mr. Almeda, should you be the signatory of the return receipt?
    Telling that your driver returned the car is like buying time for maneouvering.

  • Camilo_Cienfuegos

    we need a third person here to know who is telling the truth.   i suggest the lady security guard at LRT to be third person.  she already knows the words “im a liar” from “amlayer” 

    sige ibuto ninyo siya sa pagka-vice mayor, at malalaman natin kung ano ang mangyayari sakali mang ma-halal….sinverguenza at iwan ko!!!!!

  • Bengatibo

    The only person who can shed light to the Pajero is the pusher himself. Paano napunta sa kanya ang Pajero??? But more importantly, saan nanggaling iyong drugs which was found in his possession??? Sa Napocor naman, accountability, kung hindi niyo kayang ma-account iyong pinahiram niyong Pajero, lalo na sigurong hindi niyo ma-account iyong Billions of pesos that pass through your Corporation???

  • gatdila

    Arroyo is Liarfinger…everyone around she touched became liar and thief.

  • Philcruz

    This news report does not say what this American Brian Hill has to say about how he got this Pajero. Nobody asked him where and how and from whom he got it and when?

  • pilosopo4

    This Almeda is an arrogant dude..the gull to even ran for public office, sa bagay Caloocan lang..poor Caloocan, di naman mananalo eto for sure..no advocacy at all,  just desire for power.

  • jeffrey_01

    donkeyhole police work.  police should have raided the offices of NAPOCOR and Arroyo.

  • NAPOLEON CRUZ

    Look who’s being ARROGANT and JUDGMENTAL?  Are you even AWARE that even the American DJ who looks guilty of being a drug pusher is still categorized a SUSPECT? Kahit sa kanya nahuli lahat ng drugs na obviously sa kanya…..SUSPECT pa din siya….And the same goes for this Almeda guy….PLEASE THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK…..Is it not POSSIBLE that the American has other connections who can give him access to a GOVERNMENT VEHICLE? Compared to this man, Almeda, who is only an aspiring politician who has not connections to any person in power as of present time….Anong magagawa nito? OBVIOUSLY POLITICS HAS ENTERED THIS CASE…..I assume majority of the posters here are from CALOOCAN…..Malamang mga tao kayo ng POLITICAL RIVAL nitong tao na’to no? PLEASE lang…Restrain your “MUD SLINGING” and WAIT FOR THE FINAL INVESTIGATIONS before you tell “PONTIUS PILATE” to “CRUCIFY” this man…..Puro kayo mga UTAK HUDYO……Puro yung huling administration ang sinisisi niyo….Bakit may nagbago na ba sa bansa natin? Eh paano yung mga employee ng DSWD na binigyan nila ng SAMSUNG GALAXY para magmonitor sa isang simpleng process na kaya naman gawin ng murang android phone? Anong tawag niyo dun? 

  • NAPOLEON CRUZ

    Look who’s being ARROGANT and JUDGMENTAL? Are you even AWARE that even the American DJ who looks guilty of being a drug pusher is still categorized a SUSPECT? Kahit sa kanya nahuli lahat ng drugs na obviously sa kanya…..SUSPECT pa din siya….And the same goes for this Almeda guy….PLEASE THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK…..Is it not POSSIBLE that the American has other connections who can give him access to a GOVERNMENT VEHICLE? Compared to this man, Almeda, who is only an aspiring politician who has not connections to any person in power as of present time….Anong magagawa nito? OBVIOUSLY POLITICS HAS ENTERED THIS CASE…..I assume majority of the posters here are from CALOOCAN…..Malamang mga tao kayo ng POLITICAL RIVAL nitong tao na’to no? PLEASE lang…Restrain your “MUD SLINGING” and WAIT FOR THE FINAL INVESTIGATIONS before you tell “PONTIUS PILATE” to “CRUCIFY” this man…..Puro kayo mga UTAK HUDYO……Puro yung huling administration ang sinisisi niyo….Bakit may nagbago na ba sa bansa natin? Eh paano yung mga employee ng DSWD na binigyan nila ng SAMSUNG GALAXY para magmonitor sa isang simpleng process na kaya naman gawin ng murang android phone? Anong tawag niyo dun?

  • pugadlawin

    Just to get into politics where more there is even more money and power, candidates resort to anything, DRUGS, ROBBERY, SMUGGLING, etc.

    P-NOY, the buck stops at you. Your plate is overflowing but we got no one.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MLD4OKCRPD4PLQOEWMYBRELWG4 Cola

    Aminin mo na lang… he he he … kung dapat aminin naman.  Anyway, that is the result of using your influence being Mikee Arroyo’s UTUSAN.  Later, while you personally requested for the vehicle, you did NOT personally return it.  Sorry ka KID, talagang madadamay ka.  Kung wala kang kasalanan, makakalulusot ka, pero, in the meantime, maiisturbo ka.  Kasalan mo dahil you did not endeavor to ensure that the vehicle was returned properly.  Sorry sorry sorry at dahil sa katamaran mo yan.

  • GMMTC11

    Simple ipapakita niya yong receipt ng pagkakasuli ng pajero pati yong check list na sinsabi nya, at pag authenticate na totoo, end of story ang bibitayin ang presidente ng NAPOCOR for command responsibility.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

    Granting lahat ng nasa news item na ito ay totoo, may maliwanag na bang naibalita kung paanong bumaba sa slight physical injuries ang kaso nung Lenny Villa  yata na namatay sa hazing.  Namatay na ang biktima, paanong naging physical injuries lang, slight pa?



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