Palace monitors new probe vs GMA

Posted at 09/18/12 4:22 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Malacanang will keep a close watch on the new probe that the Senate will initiate against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte told reporters: “Susubaybayan namin ng mabuti ang imbestigasyon na isasagawa ng Blue Ribbon Committee ng Senado ukol sa proyekto ni CGMA na Tulay ng Pangulo."

On Monday, Senator Sergio Osmeña III alleged that Arroyo devised a scheme to overprice by tens of billions the P111-billion President’s Bridge Program.

He said the other cases such as the National Broadband Network-ZTE and North Rail deals pale in comparison to this so-called “serial plunder.”

He said: "These P111 billion serial scams are 8 times the [NBN] ZTE contract and 5 times the North Rail contract."

He called the 14 bridge contracts as the "grandmother of all scams."

Arroyo's camp already challenged Osmeña to prove his allegations. The camp said the bridge program does not cover only one administration.