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Tataga pa sana! Was GSIS chief fired for trying to skim money off Ricky Razon?

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Tongues are wagging about Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) president Jesus Clint Aranas after President Rodrigo Duterte revealed that he was fired for alleged corruption.

Before Duterte’s revelation last week, Aranas and Malacañang claimed he resigned, but they didn’t disclose the circumstances.

One of the biggest issues Aranas faced before his resignation was his plan to sell the P33.6-billion port area property in Manila currently occupied by Enrique Razon’s International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI).

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Aranas insisted that GSIS was the legal owner of the 67-hectare property.

He stood by his plan to sell the property despite acknowledging Razon’s statement that GSIS only had a “naked title” for the lot, which meant it had no right to use the land.

As a government entity that exists to ensure the integrity of the funds of its members, GSIS is determined to sell it through public bidding upon the approval of the Board,” Aranas said on June 26.

Before insisting on the sale of the Port Area property, Aranas wanted ICTSI to pay at least P80 million in monthly rent to GSIS.

Aranas argued that ICTSI owed the pension fund at least P1 billion in back rentals for a property it had occupied since the 1970s.

The former GSIS chief’s resolve to go after ICTSI without legal basis are leading some observers to wonder whether he’s just after Razon’s money or he wanted to profit from the sale of the Port Area lot.

Aranas admitted the legal tussle over the Port Area property was a thorny issue that prompted him to resign.

“I have forgiven my detractors bai (friend), but I had to resign to save my honor,” he told Manila Times columnist and Special Envoy to China Mon Tulfo.

Unfortunately for Aranas, Duterte believes he’s involved in shady deals.

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