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Wife of former military comptroller testifies, finally

By Maila Ager
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 09:35:00 03/21/2011

Filed Under: Military, Congress, Graft & Corruption

MANILA, Philippines ? (UPDATE 2) Erlinda Ligot, wife of former military comptroller Jacinto Ligot, took the witness stand in the Senate on Monday when she repeatedly invoked her right against self-incrimination about her alleged P25 million condominium unit in Taguig city and her various bank accounts.

?Yes sir, I?m ready,? when Senator Franklin Drilon asked her whether she was in a condition to answer questions.

But when Senator Drilon asked her about her Essensa condominium unit in Taguig, Mrs. Ligot immediately invoked her right against self-incrimination and repeatedly invoked the same right when asked about the property.

Even to questions on whether her husband was liberal in giving her gifts, Mrs. Ligot said in Filipino that it might be better for her not to comment and sought the senators? understanding.

She also refused to say where she was staying for security reasons and disclosed that they were receiving ?death threats.?

Drilon expressed disappointment, saying the right against self-incrimination was not being invoked properly.

Senator Teofisto Guingona III , chairman of the blue ribbon committee, agreed with Drilon, saying, ?It is clearly established that there is a high degree of unexplained wealth on the part of Mrs. Ligot and brother Edgardo Yambao.?

Mrs. Ligot appeared in the March 3 hearing presided over by the blue ribbon and justice committees but was unable to testify after her blood pressure shot up to 180 over 120, prompting the committees to excuse her from the proceeding.
Yambao, and General Ligot were also invited along with Lieutenant Colonel George Rabusa, who exposed the alleged anomalies in the military; Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, newly-appointed Armed Forces chief of Staff Eduardo Oban, among others.



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