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Malacanang dismisses alleged probe on Oban's link to oil smugglers

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Malacanang on Monday said there is no truth to the report that Transportation and Communications Undersecretary Eduardo Oban Jr. is being investigated for his alleged links to oil smugglers.

"That’s totally false," said Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda in a press briefing. Lacierda said the DOTC Undersecretary has taken a leave of absence to spend more time with his family.

"General Oban wanted to spend more time with the family that’s why he asked for a… (leave of absence)," he said. It was reported that Oban filed for a six-month leave of absence beginning April 1. Oban’s secretary said he is now in the United States.

Te same report further said that the DOTC official was allegedly being investigated for his links to smuggling, which supposedly dates back to his days as chairman of the Clark Development Corp.

Lacierda said the President appointed Oban as chairman and president of Clark Development Corp. As such, he said "it necessitated him (Oban) to be traveling more to Clark and spending more time in Clark."

"He (Oban) asked that he be assigned back to Manila primarily because of... He wants to spend more time with his family," said Lacierda. "So, there is no truth that he (Oban) is being investigated. He has taken a leave of absence to spend more time with the family," he said.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130409/malacanang-dismisses-alleged-probe-obans-link-oil-smugglers