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(From Philippine Daily Inquirer)
Byline: Christine O. Avendano
NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER Norberto Gonzales yesterday said the government would use private donations and not public funds to pay for the services of a US law firm he had contracted to lobby for US funding of various government projects, including constitutional amendments proposed by President Macapagal-Arroyo.
Gonzales, under fire from both administration and opposition legislators, clarified that the Baltimore-based law firm Venable LLP was hired primarily to follow up US aid and funding for "mostly ... defense matters" and that money for the Palace bid to amend the 1987 Constitution …