THE Philippine government is gearing up for the arbitration of the P6-billion lawsuit that a Belgian company filed against the country before an international tribunal over the scrapped Laguna Lake Rehabilitation Project, with 22 Filipino officials as potential witnesses.

Presidential adviser for environmental protection, Nereus Acosta, bared the preparations of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) in his motion to travel abroad before the Sandiganbayan, where he asked court permission to go Washington, D.C. in line with the arbitration.

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