Mike Arroyo insists innocence on PNP choppers deal

Posted at 01/19/12 10:59 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Former First Gentleman Jose Miguel "Mike" Arroyo has submitted his counter-affidavit on his alleged involvement on the controversial police helicopters deal.

In his first media appearance in months, Arroyo also weighed in on the ongoing impeachment trial involving his wife's appointee.

Arroyo went to the Ombudsman's office to file his counter-affidavit for the graft case he is facing on the chopper deal.

He denied anew that that he was involved in the sale of reportedly second-hand choppers between Lion Air and the Philippine National Police.

He also said he and his wife, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, are following the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona.

"It's fair. Mahusay si Senate President Enrile. Smooth yung pag-handle niya," he said.

Arroyo said he hasn't spoken to Corona, but left a message for the chief justice.

"To remain steadfast, this will all pass," Arroyo said.

He said he does not have any information on the reported properties of Corona at the La Vista Subdivision and Burgundy Condominium where the Arroyos also own properties.

He described his relationship with Corona as "not close," but insisted that the chief justice's assets are clean.

"That is hard earned money," he said. "Alam ko yung properties niya, binayaran niya ng installment."

He also dismissed the new plunder case that will be filed in the Ombudsman against his wife as "trumped up charges."

"We will prevail, we will be vindicated," Arroyo said.

He added that the pain in the former president's neck has returned.

Despite this, Arroyo said his family will face all the charges leveled against them. - report from Niko Baua, ABS-CBN News; ANC