Monday, May 22, 2017

Aquino lied about buying and selling a Porsche, possibly a gift from a bigtime businessman

Former President Benigno Aquino III headlined news when information came out that he allegedly bought a Porsche 911 Carrera for Php 5 million which he eventually sold to buy a BMW, however recently accessed the Land Transportation Office (LTO) records show that Aquino had never bought or sold a Porsche.

Manila Times writer Rigoberto Tiglao recalled that he had written about Aquino’s ownership of a Porsche and questioned if it was possible that he may avail the Land Transportation Office (LTO) records of the car’s deed of sale and registration because talks were surfacing that it had been a gift from a big time Chinese-Filipino tycoon.

If proven that it had been a gift, Aquino would have violated Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices law which provides that it is a crime for a government official to accept “manifestly excessive” gifts from a person “other than a member of the public officer’s immediate family, in behalf of himself or of any member of his family or relative within the fourth civil degree, either by consanguinity or affinity, even on the occasion of a family celebration or national festivity like Christmas”.

Tiglao emphasized that access to Aquino’s LTO records had been possible because of President Rodrigo Duterte’s executive order on the Freedom of Information order, a success that Aquino had promised but failed to deliver.

The Manila Times writer wrote to LTO head Edgar Galvante requesting for the deeds of sale ad registration papers of Aquino’s Porsche, however, the office replied that there are no LTO records of the said car.

Tiglao pointed out that there can be two conclusions to this. One, that the LTO had a fault database. Two, that Aquino lied about buying a Porsche and, instead, it was a gift from a bigtime businessman.

Source: Manila Times

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