Press Release
September 20, 2011

Trillanes to De Lima: Explain VIP treatment to FG

Senator Antonio "Sonny" F. Trillanes IV called out on Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila De Lima to explain her apparent selective application of the law and her VIP treatment to former First Gentleman Miguel Arroyo.

Trillanes' demand comes on the heels of media reports that Arroyo has left the country for Munich, Germany, the other day purportedly for medical reasons.

"Secretary De Lima must explain why she has decided not to place former FG Mike Arroyo in the Bureau of Immigration's watch list despite of the plunder charge filed by the CIDG against him, in the same manner she has placed others with similar charges in the watch list. This is clearly contrary to the position she took in earlier cases, like the case of former PAGCOR Chairman Efraim Genuino and his children, who were all placed in the watch list on the basis of plunder charges filed against them," Trillanes said.

"Two or three weeks ago, Sec. De Lima said in a press conference that she is studying the possibility of placing FG in the watch list. As usual, it was all just a press release. Now the horse walked out of the barn because she left the barn door wide open," Trillanes pointed out.

"By not placing former FG Arroyo in the watch list, she is allowing him to flaunt the law and leave the country unchallenged despite of the serious charges against him," Trillanes also said.

"She should explain and take responsibility in case he does not return anymore to face the charges against him," Trillanes added.

Trillanes earlier demanded for the resignation of Sec. De Lima because of the supposed failure of the latter to pursue the numerous cases filed against former President and now Pampanga representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo despite of the fact that she has been in office for more than fourteen (14) months.

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