MalacaÑang denied allegations that presidential sister Ballsy Aquino and husband Eldon Cruz are extorting money from a company in exchange for government contracts.
In a press conference, Deputy Presidential spokesman Abigail Valte dismissed the allegation describing it as obscure and “murky.”
The Palace official said that the allegation started as a mere blind item in the media.
“One, everybody knows that the Presidential sisters are very far removed from the affairs of government,” Valte said.
“The story is murky and obviously a conjecture or merely fabricated [Napaka-murky ho nung istorya at halata naman pong talagang ito’y conjecture o gawa-gawa lamang],” she added
The Palace official said that the allegation has already reached President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
“Yes, the President already knows of it and he has not taken notice of it [Opo, alam na po ng Pangulo ‘yan at hindi na ho ‘yan napansin ng Pangulo],” she said. “Not that the President shrugged it off but [Hindi sa pinagkibit-balikat [ni Presidente]pero] . . . at this point, it does not even merit a response given the obscurity of the details that are supposedly part of the story.”
Reports revealed that the group of Aquino-Cruz was allegedly involved in an extort attempt against a Czech company that is supposedly among the bidders for the new coaches of the Metro Rail Transit.
According to a source, some officials from the Czech company Inekon Co. refused to give an “advance” payment to the group of Aquino-Cruz, former Transportation Secretary Pete Prado and Engr. Steve Psinakis, husband of Precy Lopez, daughter of the late Eugenio “Geny” Lopez Sr.
The alleged money asked was between $2 million to $20 million, for the Inekon Company to be assured that the project will be awarded to them.