MALACANANG is willing to provide security for former Agriculture Secretary Cito Lorenzo who is may turn state witness in the multi-million fertilizer fund scam.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said they will not doubt in giving protection to Lorenzo who has been reportedly receiving threats since he came back to the country.

Updates on President Benigno Aquino III's presidency

"He mentioned that there were threats. If it is necessary and if it is for furtherance in searching for the truth, if he requests we will provide him," Lacierda said.

President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III earlier said that Lorenzo could possibly testify in the revival of the case of fertilizer fund scam through the Truth Commission.

Lacierda said the P728 fertilizer fund scam is one of the cases the Truth Commission wanted to put closure on.

"The Truth Commission will consider his culpability. To what degree is his participation and from there, they will be able to determine if he is least guilty and be discharged as state witness," he noted.

Lorenzo, along with his former Agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn "Jocjoc" Bolante, fled the country in 2006 to avoid testifying in the Senate inquiry on the controversial scam involving former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

The questioned fund, supposedly intended for farmers, was allegedly used in the campaign of Arroyo during the 2004 elections.

Aquino revealed seeing Lorenzo at a party of one of his close family friend.

He assured that he will not be soft on Lorenzo despite his brother, Martin, had been crucial in his recent campaign, donating P20-million for Aquino's presidential bid (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)