Don’t give too much weight to Mayuga report,group urges Noynoy, commish
“Do not be too confident of and reliant on the Mayuga report.”
This was the warning of the Pagbabago! People’s Movement for Change to President Benigno Aquino III and the newly-established Truth Commission headed by former Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr.
While the reform advocacy group supports the full disclosure of the report to help shed light on the case of electoral fraud against Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Pagbabago said that “giving too much weight on the Mayuga report as evidence might lead the Truth Commission into giving further official weight to fallacy,” Pagbabago spokesperson Bibeth Orteza said.
“President Aquino and Davide must bear in mind that the five-person panel that investigated the possible involvement of high-ranking military officials in the ‘Hello Garci’ scandal in 2005 cleared them in spite of strong evidence. Generals Hermogenes Esperon, Gabriel Habacon, and Roy Kyamko were absolved by the Mayuga report though they were all repeatedly mentioned in the ‘Hello Garci’ tapes. This fact alone raises serious doubt as to the credibility of the Mayuga report,” Orteza said.
Pagbabago pointed out that panel head Vice Adm. Mateo Mayuga’s silence on the case can be a sign of his lack of trust on the report himself.
“It is unthinkable that the person who led in the investigation of such a high-profile case has forgotten about what the conclusion of the panel’s report is. It was as if Mayuga was trying to distance himself from the case or to wash his hands clean of his involvement in the case,” Orteza said.
“The Truth Commission must strive for an independent probe, based on concrete, credible and reliable sources such as certificates of canvass and election returns. It must not let Mrs. Arroyo and those who helped her cheat in the 2004 elections escape responsibilty,” Orteza said.