By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News Posted at 09/07/2011 12:09 PM | Updated as of 09/07/2011 4:58 PM
MANILA, Philippines – The legal counsel for former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo today assailed the credibility of reports originating from information leaked by anti-secrecy website, WikiLeaks. In an emailed statement, Inocencio Ferrer Jr. said, “It is illogical for the news or media people to rely on reports coming from Wikileaks.
The reports on the said webpage are inaccurate and unsupported by evidence.” He noted Senator Panfilo Lacson himself, “who everyone knows to be the number one critic of our family, said that he did not see a pattern of accuracy in Wikileaks reports. Moreover, how can one rely on reports from a webpage founded by a person who has been criminally charged for rape and is an international fugitive?” He is referring to Julian Assange, the Internet activist who set up WikiLeaks.
Ferrer reiterated Arroyo’s statements on Monday, where he repeatedly denied any connection to illegal activities. “My client, Jose Miguel T. Arroyo, himself, made a statement on Monday that he was never involved in ‘jueteng’ or smuggling.
In fact, he does not even know how to play the said numbers game. He also knew that ‘jueteng’ was what brought former President Estrada down, so he would not have involved himself in such illegal activities to the detriment of his wife’s credibility as then President,” he said.
Ferrer’s statement comes on the heels of Wikileaks-based reports claiming businessman Francis Chua, Washington Sycip and Guillermo Luz told US authorities that then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo knew of her husband’s illegal activities but did not do anything because he helped her in her presidential campaign. Ferrer said, “The statements allegedly attributed to Washington SyCip, Francis Chua and Guillermo Luz cannot be relied on for being false, based on hearsay and unsupported by evidence.
These statements should be considered baseless rumors or ‘tsismis.’” He said they are first and foremost businessmen and not investigators, prosecutors or judges. “They did not conduct any investigation and are, therefore, not competent to make these false accusations being attributed to them.” Ferrer also saw an opportunity to take a swipe at the administration.
“These recycled issues against my client have already been rejected and thrown out a long time ago. My client further stated that ‘this administration and the Senate should do their jobs by concentrating on improving the lives of the Filipino people instead of engaging in never-ending persecution and character assassination.’”