Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Wednesday confirmed that he has met with Council for Philippine Affairs (COPA) secretary-general Pastor Boy Saycon in Makati City, where the former handed him "highly credible evidence" of corruption involving high officials of the previous Aquino administration and members of then-ruling party Liberal Party (LP).
Aguirre refused to give details, except to say that the documents collated by Saycon, a former staunch supporter of Mr. Aquino, included contracts, receipts, and other documents/evidence pertaining to gambling and undeclared campaign contributions. The personalities involved the "highest officials" of the previous administration, he added.
"May PAGCOR (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.)-related, CEZA (Cagayan Economic Zone Authority)-related... original mga dokumento, public documents, talagang credible [to] the highest degree.
"Bayaan nyo muna i-sift ko, pag-aralan ko muna, documents kasi talagang makapal," Aguirre explained as he was pressed for more information.
The justice chief said the amounts involved were "daan daang milyon (hundreds of millions of pesos)." Asked if it was the first time for Saycon to approach him about alleged the corruption during the Aquino administration, Aguirre answered in the negative.
"Dating binanggit niya sa 'kin pero ngayon lang binigay... si Boy Saycon kasi matagal na niyang hawak ito; ngayon, hindi niya malaman, talagang tiningnan niya muna ang Duterte administration kung mapagkakatiwaalan niya.
"So nung nakita niya, naobserahan niya, na talagang sinsero ang Duterte administration [in its anti-corruption campaign], nag-decide siyang i-turnover (documents)," Aguirre said.
COPA was part of efforts to bring former presidents Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada, and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to power.
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