Senator Joker Arroyo has filed a resolution seeking to identify the four senators who revealed what had transpired in a Senate executive session with Romulo Neri, chairman of the Commission on Higher Education and former director-general of the National Economic and Development Authority.
A banner story of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, parent company of INQUIRER.net, on Sunday identified Senator Arroyo as the one who tried to stop Neri from revealing the complete story about the controversial $329-million deal with the Chinese company ZTE Corp. over the national broadband network project. The report cited four separate sources, which Senator Arroyo assumed were fellow senators.
In an earlier interview with DZMM, Senator Arroyo denied the allegations in the report.
“It’s a complete falsehood,” he told Senate reporters later. “There are two things here, either nakuryente si Juliet [Juliet was fed a false story] or somebody’s telling a lie among the senators. The four sources cannot be other than four senators. The Senate should investigate it, otherwise, wala ng maniniwala sa amin [nobody would believe us anymore].”
Arroyo was referring to Inquirer reporter Juliet Javellana.
Siguro mahirap paniwalaan ang report ng PDI kung isang source lang. But four sources?