Mike Arroyo denies link to second-hand chopper scam

Posted at 01/19/12 11:58 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo filed Thursday his counter-affidavit before the Ombudsman on the alleged anomalous purchase of 2 second-hand helicopters by the Philippine National Police.

In his counter-affidavit, Arroyo denied any hand in the sale of second-hand Robinsons helicopters to the PNP. He said he was not part of LTA Corp. when Lion Air started its transaction with the national police.

Arroyo personally appeared before the Office of the Ombudsman together with his lawyers Edna Batacan and Mark Baikin.

An Ombudsman fact-finding panel earlier said it found enough evidence that would warrant the filing criminal and/or administrative charges against Mr. Arroyo, former Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno, former PNP chief Jesus Verzosa, chopper supplier Hilario de Vera and over 30 police officials and personnel for the chopper sale.

The panel cited possible violations of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, and Article 171 of the Revised Penal Code.