Fake speaker’s letters decried

December 10, 2018
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
NORWAY’S ENVOY AT BATASAN. The Philippine’s first woman House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2nd right) and Norwegian Ambassador to the Philippines Bjorn Jahnsen (2nd left) exchange views on a European and Philippines free trade agreement during a brief meeting at the Office of the Speaker in the House of Representatives, with them are Committee on Accounts Chairperson Leyte (1st Dist) Rep. Yedda Marie K. Romualdez (left) and former House Speaker Quezon City Rep. Sonny Belmonte. Photo by Ver Noveno

“FAKE,” Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said of two letters bearing her signatures, one concerning an order to the House Committee on Franchise in connection with a power company in Iloilo City and the other recommending an applicant to the Bureau of Customs.

Arroyo said she will ask the law enforcement agencies to investigate and determine the people behind the fraudulent letters.

The House Speaker received information that two letters are circulating, one ordering Palawan Rep. Franz Alvarez “to set a Bicameral Conference Committee meeting” with his Senate counterpart for the franchise of MORE Electric Power Corporation in Iloilo City.

The second letter is about an endorsement of an applicant to the Bureau of Customs.

“We would like to clarify that both letters are fake. The Speaker or her Office has not issued any correspondence over any electric franchise,” Arroyo said in an official statement sent to the House media.

The Speaker is focused on passing the 16 bills in the legislative agenda of President Duterte.

Arroyo also said that she does not endorse any applicant to any government position.

“Be it known that the Speaker does not sign such kinds of correspondence as the task is delegated to her Deputy Secretary General. The official letterhead of the Speaker is nowhere close to the letterheads used in the fake documents,” the House leader said.

Meanwhile, Arroyo appealed to everyone to coordinate with the Speaker’s Office with respect to any letter purportedly showing Speaker Arroyo’s signature for proper guidance.

“We will closely coordinate with law enforcement agencies to determine the people behind these falsification efforts to put the name of Speaker Arroyo in a bad light,” she said.