GMA summoned on plunder rap

FORMER president now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo and her co-respondents have been ordered to appear June 6 in the preliminary investigation of the P551-million plunder complaint filed by former solicitor general Frank Chavez over the alleged misuse of funds of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.

Arroyo, former Executive Secretary Alberto Romulo, former Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, and former OWWA administrator Virgilio Angelo were also directed to submit their counter-affidavits.

Chavez, in his plunder complaint, alleged that OWWA funds were misused by Arroyo and the three Cabinet officials in three ways: to finance the acquisition of several vehicles by several diplomatic posts in the Middle East; humanitarian assistance to Iraq, and for Arroyo’s presidential bid in 2004.

In all these transactions, according to the complaint, Arroyo gave her imprimatur as evidenced by a number of memorandum orders addressed to Romulo, who made the requests for release of funds from OWWA, as well as in her Executive Orders for the transfer of some P530 million in OWWA Medicare funds to PhilHealth, “for partisan purposes.”

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