BINAY SAYS NBI PROBE OF IMPLANT LEAK A “WITCH HUNT”

PRESS RELEASE
JULY 7, 2009
REF: JOEY SALGADO

BINAY SAYS NBI PROBE OF IMPLANT LEAK A “WITCH HUNT”

Makati Mayor and United Opposition (UNO) president Jejomar C. Binay today scored Malacanang for using the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct a “witch hunt” against doctors and medical staff of Asian Hospital .

“It’s no longer about Mrs. Arroyo’s medical procedure but using government agencies for a witch hunt,” he said.

“Once again, Malacanang is showing that it is ready to use law enforcement agencies against those who in their opinion have put Mrs. Arroyo in bad light,” he said.

“Under this administration, agencies of government have become agents for harassing perceived enemies of Mrs. Arroyo. In this case, the doctors and medical staff of Asian Hospital are now apparently being lumped together with the opposition,” he added.

NBI agents reportedly went to the Asian Hospital Monday and interviewed medical staff to identify who leaked the information about Mrs. Arroyo’s supposed breast implants.

The opposition leader reiterated his statement that the health condition of a president is of public interest.

“The health of a president is very important to the nation. The public needs to be assured that a president’s decision is not affected or impaired by his medical condition,” Binay said.

“Malacanang is once again fumbling to control a situation that they themselves created,” he said.

“The real issue here is that Malacanang has again been caught lying to the people on a matter of serious concern,” he said, citing early statements from the Palace that Mrs. Arroyo went on a voluntary self-quarantine at the hospital after her arrival “to set a good example as a public official.”

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