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Dec 05th
No Need for Truth Commission PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 August 2010 21:16
‘No need for commission, truth now out in open’ Philippine Daily Inquirer First Posted 04:25:00 08/04/2010 MANILA, Philippines—The truth commission should not focus anymore on corruption cases because the documents hidden from the public during former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s time were now accessible to the new administration, said Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Teodoro Casiño. “You have your documents, you have your paper trail. The last time, it was President Aquino who was preventing the [release of documents]. Now, the new administration has the access to all the records. You don’t need a truth commission for that,” he said. Casiño said Mr. Aquino should just assign a good prosecutor, investigator and accountant to appreciate the evidence and swiftly file the cases, and the truth commission should focus on “the more difficult cases of human rights violations.” He said the leftist bloc in the House of Representatives had its “doubts on how the commission would be effective” in investigating graft given the possible duplication of the functions of the Department of Justice and the Office of the Ombudsman. “For the most part, the truth commission is unnecessary if [only] graft and corruption will be looked into,” the lawmaker said. “Everything is there—there is no more cover-up, no more EO 464." Told that Mr. Aquino’s spokesperson Edwin Lacierda had said the commission was needed to maintain impartiality in the investigation of corruption cases, Casiño said: “That’s fiction. We all know where this truth commission is headed. Neutrality there is in the appreciation of evidence, but it’s not a neutral body. It’s a body to prosecute Arroyo and those who [conspired with her]. “[Administration officials] should stop feigning neutrality.” For the commission to succeed, it must instead focus on the human rights violations of the Arroyo administration, the lawmaker said. Reported by Michael Lim Ubac

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