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   Manila, Philippines
                                                      WEDNESDAY, August 10, 2005
                                                      Vol. XIX No. 153 ★ MST Vol. I No. 133
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Impeachment hearings
on; panel vows fairness
    Impeachment hearings open at
the House of Representatives today,
                                          should rationally and justly wield its
                                          power to impeach.
                                                                                   AFP disowns
with the chairman of the justice              Both allayed opposition fears that
committee promising a transparent,        the process would be skewed in fa-
just and fair investigation into the      vor of the President, noting that the
charges against President Gloria          majority has been on its “best be-
Macapagal Arroyo.                         havior” since the crisis erupted in
    Members of the panel will de-         June.
cide on the force of arguments and            “The minority will be afforded
not merely on the strength of num-        their due during the hearings. All
bers, said Maguindanao Rep.               rational requests will be respected
Simeon Datumanong, who said the
rules would be strictly enforced
during the hearings.
    “It will be a full democratic exer-
                                          and, in all likelihood, accommo-
                                          dated,” Libanan said.
                                              For his part, Datumanong said
                                          the decision of the committee will
                                                                                   Ping: Gagging ISAFP man could cause unrest
cise the Filipino people will be          be the result of “the force of argu-                                                                                                                              By Joel M. Sy Egco
proud of,” Datumanong said.               ments and not merely the strength
“There will be no shortcuts.”             of numbers.”
    The panel, which begins hear-             “In a democratic society, the bet-                                                                                                           The military yesterday
ings at 9:30 a.m., will have 60 ses-      ter and stronger ideas should get                                                                                                             sought to discredit an up-
sion days to determine if the im-         the bigger number of adherents,” he                                                                                                           coming witness in the Sen-
peachment complaints against the          said.
President are sufficient in form and          House Speaker Jose de Venecia,
                                                                                                                                                                                        ate investigation on jueteng
substance.                                for his part, said he would not in-                                                                                                           even before he could testify
    Datumanong and former justice         terfere with the actions of the jus-                                                                                                          today, branding him a “scam
committee chairman Rep. Marcelino         tice committee.                                                                                                                               artist” who sold fake mission
Libanan of Eastern Samar, said they           De Venecia said he had a “pleas-
want to leave behind a process that       ant and constructive dialogue” with                                                                                                           orders and intelligence ID
would be upheld for ages as a con-        Navotas Bishop Antonio Tobias, an                                                                                                             cards.
crete example on how Congress                                        Next page                                                                                                             In a press conference yes-
                                                                                                                                                                                        terday, the military identified
Winners in Mindanao                                                                                                                                                                     the surprise witness trum-
                                                                                                                                                                                        peted by Senator Panfilo

polls proclaimed today                                                                                                                                                                  Lacson as Capt. Marlon
                                                                                                                                                                                        Mendoza, who is facing pre-
                                                                                                                                                                                        trial investigation by a mili-
    Winners of the elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim
Mindanao will be proclaimed in some provinces today, while the results
                                                                                                                                                                                        tary tribunal for selling fake
for governor and vice governor will be known in a few days, the Commis-                                                                                                                 ID cards from the Intelli-
sion on Elections said yesterday.                                                                                                                                                       gence Service of the Armed
    Election officials said the winning assemblymen for Maguindanao and                                                                                                                 Forces of the Philippines.
Lanao del Sur would likely be known today.
    The Comelec said the elections — to vote for a governor, vice gover-                                                                                                                   “With a captain… falsifying
nor and 24 members of the legislative assembly of the ARMM — were                                                                                                                       documents (to raise) at least
generally peaceful, despite isolated incidents of ballot box-snatching and                                                                                                              P8 million, you be the judge
    President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo called the elections “a triumph of                                                                                                                what kind of person he is,”
democracy.”                                                                                                                                                                             said military spokesperson
    A party-list lawmaker from Mindanao, however, urged Congress to                                                                                                                     Lt . C o l . B u e n aventura
investigate “massive cheating” in the elections.
    Anak-Mindanao party-list Rep. Mujiv Hataman said a congressional
review should address perennial election cheating in the region.                                                                                                                           The Armed Forces ex-
    Hataman cited incidents in at least 10 barangays in Tuburan, Basilan,                                                                                                               posed the charges against
where barangay captains allegedly filled up election ballots in favor of                                                                                                                Mendoza a day before he
the administration bet for governor.
    Basilan Rep. Gerry Salapuddin, House deputy speaker for Mindanao,                                                                                                                   was to testify before the Sen-
said there were many witnesses, including teachers, who could testify                                                                                                                   ate as Lacson’s star witness.
about cheating in Basilan.                                                                                                                                                                 Earlier, Lacson claimed
    “Bet we have no resources to get all those witnesses to testify against
those involved in the cheating,” he said.                                                                                                                                               his unnamed witness would
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                                                                                                                                                                                        “corroborate in more ways
                                                                                                                                                                                        than one” the testimony of
                                                                                                                                                                                        Michaelangelo Zuce, a
                                                                                                                                                                                        former Malacañang aide
                                                                                                                                                                                        who claimed to have wit-
                                                                                                                                                                                        nessed the payoff of election
                                                                                                                                                                                        officials at the Quezon City
                                                                                                                                                                                        home of President Gloria
                                                                                                                                                                                        Macapagal Arroyo.
                                                                            Like a candle in the wind, hopes flicker for this comfort woman seeking redress for the abuse she              Contacted for comment
                                                                            experienced during the war. A group of comfort women rallied in front of the Japanese embassy in Pasay City yesterday, Lacson said the
                                                                                   yesterday.                                                                                             SONNY ESPIRITU                              Next page

                                                                                   Lawmaker raises Credibility of jueteng probe
                                                                                   specter of new jeopardized by flip-flopping
                                                                                   terrorist attacks                                         A day before the resumption of a Senate in-
                                                                                                                                         vestigation on illegal gambling and election rig-
                                                                                                                                                                                                to Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez, may have been
                                                                                                                                                                                                used by the opposition to smear the President be-
                                                                                       A lawmaker from Cebu yesterday urged
                                                                                   Malacañang to step up vigilance against possible      ging, credibility became a key issue after two         cause of his eagerness to stamp out jueteng.
                                                                                   terrorist attacks in the country.                     witnesses reversed their testimonies that Presi-           “I think the archbishop unknowingly, out of
                                                                                       The warning came in the wake of intelligence      dent Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was involved in           his own enthusiasm against jueteng, allowed
                                                                                   reports shared by other Asian countries that the      rigging last year’s elections with the use of money    himself to be used by people with a different
                                                                                   Philippines could be the next target of Jemaah        from gambling bosses.                                  agenda. He is a very good person to use consid-
                                                                                   Islamiyah, an Al Qaida-affiliated terrorist network       Although two witnesses — Sandra Cam and            ering that he is a man of cloth because he is
                                                                                   operating in the country.                             Michaelangelo Zuce — maintained their charge           very high in the hierarchy of the Church,”
                                                                                       Rep. Antonio Cuenco said the country’s se-        that Ms. Arroyo was aware of the use of jueteng        Gonzalez said.
                                                                                   curity forces in all the major cities of the archi-   money to rig last year’s presidential election, two        “What he did not realize is that he is being
                                                                                   pelago should be placed on high alert to thwart       other witnesses — Richard Garcia and                   used because the agenda of these people coin-
                                                                                   attacks similar to the London bombings.               Demosthenes Abraham Riva — apologized for              cide with his agenda which is to eradicate
                                                                                       “So-called soft targets, such as populous ar-     implicating the Chief Executive and her family         jueteng,” Gonzalez added.
Leap of fate. Lawmen try hard to keep Jayson Tan, a Chinese na-                    eas like bus, sea and train terminals, airports,      to the controversy.                                        He said the archbishop should not just take
tional reportedly under the influence of drugs, from jumping from a tall           markets, churches, schools and other commer-              Bearing the brunt of the blame for the confusion   in good faith the testimony of “any Tom, Dick
building in Malate, Manila to end his life. Tan eluded the policemen and           cial establishments should all be secured by          caused by the “battle of the witnesses” is Lingayen-   and Harry (because he) can claim that he is a
jumped from the building, but fortunately survived his fall. SONNY ESPIRITU                                                 Next page    Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz who, according           witness.”                               Next page

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