Palace backs Senate inquiry on PGMA's latest appointments

April 24, 2010 10:41 pm 

MANILA, Apr 24 —Malacanang is open to a Senate inquiry into President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s latest appointments.

Deputy Presidential Spokesman Gary Olivar said on Saturday that the Palace had nothing to hide and it is ready to defend its appointment of the officials who are qualified.

"The Palace is confident any one of them can be defended in the Senate or public opinion or whenever forum the senator chooses to bring it,” Olivar said in a radio interview at government-run Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday.

Senator Francis Pangilinan called for a senate investigation on the alleged midnight appointments of President Arroyo in naming her manicurist Anita Carpon as member of the board of Pag-Ibig fund and her gardener Armando Macapagal as deputy administrator of the Luneta Park Administration.

Olivar also said that the Palace was willing and supportive on the move of Pangilinan to conduct investigation on the latest appointees of Mrs. Arroyo since the Palace has nothing to hide.

Both houses of Congress, Senate and the House of Representatives, will resume its sessions in the later part of May, weeks after the May 10 synchronized presidential and local elections.

”Pangilinan is not running for May 10 elections, so he is welcome to launch that investigation at the opening of the next session of Congress,” Olivar said.(PNA)

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