HELLO GARCI IS BACK TO PIN DOWN GLORIA'S ILLEGITIMATE PRESIDENCY.
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WITH THE APPEARANCE OF A POTENTIAL STAR WITNESS, SENATOR LACSON HAD BETTER MAKE SURE HE IS ABSOLUTELY PROTECTED FROM ANY ATTEMPT BY THE ADMINISTRATION TO MAKE HIM RETRACT HIS ORIGINAL STATEMENTS. VIDAL DOBLE, THE FORMER INTELLIGENCE OFFICER WHO RECORDED THE GARCI-ARROYO CONVERSATION, INCLUDING HIS FAMILY SHOULD BE ENTERED INTO THE WITNESS PROTECTION PROGRAM AND AFFORDED ACCOMODATIONS IN A SECRET SAFEHOUSE. THE SENATOR SHOULD ALSO BEWARE OF SECURITY PROBLEMS IN COMMUNICATIONS VIA PHONE LINES OR WIRELSESS BECAUSE THESE DEVICES ARE NOT ENCRYPTED AND EASILY MONITORED.
HOPEFULLY THE SENATE BODY WILL POST HASTE AND REOPEN THE GARCI CASE BECAUSE GLORIA AND HER CRONIES HAVE BEEN IN POWER NOW FOR MORE THAN SIX YEARS AND HAS DONE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO UPLIFT THE LIVES OF THE FILIPINOS.
Lacson has Doble, seeks reopening of 'Garci' case
Sen. Panfilo Lacson on Tuesday called for the reinvestigation of the “Hello, Garci” scandal following the “resurfacing” of former T/Sgt. Vidal Doble, the intelligence operative who took part in wiretapping the conversations of at least two prominent political personalities.
Doble said in the taped interview played at the Senate that the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces the Philippines (ISAFP) was eavesdropping on telephone conversations of prominent people during the election period in 2004.
Doble, a former member of the Military Intelligence Group-21, said the ISAFP named the operation “Project Lighthouse.” The wiretaps reportedly caught a cellular phone conversation between President Arroyo and former election commissioner Virgilio Garcillano.
“Noong una, hindi namin alam ang sinasabing 'Garci,' si Attorney Garcialliano. Sa tagal ng pag-monitor namin galing sa tawag, minsan may tumawag sa cell phone niya, kung pwedeng makausap si commissioner Virgilio Garcilliano. (At first, we didn’t know who were they calling Garci... during the duration of our monitoring somebody rang his cell phone asking for commissioner Virgilio Garcillano.)” said Doble.
“Nagulat kaming lahat nang tumawag si Pangulong Arroyo kay Virgilio Garcilliano na ang tinatanong niya ay 'yung dagdag na isang milyon. Tunay po ang Garci tapes, wala na dapat akong ikatakot, sibilyan na ako. (We were surprised to hear President Arroyo calling Virgilio Garcillano asking for the additional one million votes. The Garci tapes are real, I’ve nothing to fear, I’m now a civilian.)” he said.
Doble left the military service in February this year.
Lacson said Doble was unable to talk freely at the height of the Garci scandal. The senator said Doble was "not a free man" back then.
“His family was kidnapped in Kidapawan, North Cotabato, brought to Manila, detained in the basement of the official residence of the chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines inside Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City to which he himself was to be brought later. Thus was his silence on the issue guaranteed by the terror of fear for his family,” Lacson said in his privilege speech.
The opposition senator added that the bigger picture in the controversy is the ISAFP’s capability to wiretap conversations with ease.
“What is frightening, Mr. President is the reality that we have all remained vulnerable while using any type of telecommunications equipment. It only takes a service provider willing to cooperate and conspire with whoever has knowledge in basic electronic surveillance,” said Lacson.
The scandal first broke out two years ago when lawyer Samuel Ong, then a deputy director of the National Bureau of Investigation, said in a press conference that he had copies of the taped conversations between Mrs. Arroyo and Garcillano.
The Ong recordings allegedly proved that Mrs. Arroyo rigged the 2004 national election to maintain her presidency and the political success of her allies.
Posted on Aug 21, 2007, 8:08 AM from IP address 184.108.40.206