CLAIMING that the conclusions made by the House Joint Committee that looked into the “Gloriagate” scandal were “safe and indecisive,” minority congressmen came out with their own report yesterday and even recommended that former elections commissioner Virgilio Garcillano and Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye be charged for their complicity in the attempt to cover up the truth about the issue.

Signed by minority floor leader Rep. Francis Escudero and Cavite Rep. Gilbert Remulla, erstwhile chair of the Committee on Public Information that spearheaded the inquiry, the dissenting opinion said that the Joint Committee Report is “substantially wanting,” its “safe and feeble tenor…made the efforts of the (committee) almost useless in arriving at the truth and in coming up with effective recommendations.”

The report said it was too alarming for the Joint Committee to have dismissed Garcillano’s culpability after the former poll commissioner acknowledged talking to candidates, including the President, during the 2004 elections, for which the opposition congressmen said he should be charged for violating the Omnibus Election Code and the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

“Any form of communication by a Comelec official such as Mr. Garcillano taints the entire electoral system, for which he must be held accountable for,” the report said.

The minority report likewise recommended Garcillano be charged for violating the Philippine Passport Act of 1996 (Republic Act No. 8239) and committing perjury when he testified in December last year that he never left the country when the wiretapping controversy broke out. It noted the Joint Committee’s failure to highlight evidence that cast doubts on Garcillano’s testimony, foremost of which is the note verbale from the Singaporean Government whose integrity was duly supported by both the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the belated report of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas that Garcillano’s “clean” passport does not conform to standard.

As for Bunye, the opposition recommended that he be charged for betraying public trust and violating the code of ethics, as well as removed from office for “misleading and lying to the public and for using public funds to propagate his lies.”

The Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the National Bureau of Investigation did not escape liability as well as the minority report recommended their officials charged for ethical misconduct for showing “laxity and seeming disinterest in pursuing the truth behind the wiretapping incident” — one that could have possibly victimized no less than their Commander-in-Chief. The Joint Committee report merely reprimanded both agencies for what it deemed as their “cavalier attitude” toward the “Hello, Garci” tapes.

The minority also objected to the Joint Committee report’s recommendation for a comprehensive review of Republic Act No. 4200 (the Anti-Wiretapping Law) as it is silent on particular amendments such as making the much-needed distinction between ordinary conversations and those imbued with public concern, as exemplified by the “Hello, Garci” recordings.

Download the minority report here. For the Joint Committee’s conclusions and recommendations, click here.

14 Responses to Minority report on wiretap probe recommends Garcillano, Bunye charged

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bukolitos

March 31st, 2006 at 1:33 am

Wala rin mangyayari kung kasuhan si Garci at Sekretuta Bunyi. Requirements iyan sa Gobiyerno ni GMA. Kita mo si Brawner, nagsinungaling para makapasa sa CA. Si Luz na nagsabi ng tutoo, inilagay sa ibang puwesto. Para maging mataas miyembro ka ng GMA government kailangan kang maging sinugaling at magbobo-bobohan katulad ni GMA.

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lokalokang matino

March 31st, 2006 at 1:59 am

hi bukolitos,, akala ko mali spelling mo sa TITLE ni Bunyeta, when I second look, tama pala Sekretuta nga pala siya.

Ewan ko ba may kahhhihiyan pa kayang natitira sa mga pagkatao nila?
Nakakatingin pa kaya sila-sila pagnagkakaharap?
PAKAPALAN NA LANG!!! MALAKAS PA KITA!!!

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matahari

March 31st, 2006 at 10:51 am

Ha ha tulad ng abugado ni FG, Nasa blind item ng abante-tonite ngayon, nagsisinungaling lang may bago ng BMW

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joselu

March 31st, 2006 at 2:50 pm

The minority/ opposition is getting always more rediculos. PGMA talks to the soldiers, they too want to talk to the soldiers.There is a majority report, they too want to banner their minority report.Since majority of the people are not giving the the attention they so much wish.So they come out w/ a monority report just so at least even in their minds alone they can pretend to be doing something.
Don’t get me wrong.It’s always democracy at work.probably it’s the lowest kind of democracy where one can also make a fool of himself.

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Huseng Bulag

March 31st, 2006 at 3:20 pm

Yes, it’s democracy at work but it’s not the lowest kind as you wish to imply it to be. Actually, it’s one of the strongest points in a democracy where people can freely express their own view of things. It’s up to us, the public, to read and gauge the merits of each position. It’s you who are making a fool of yourself if you enforce your views on others.

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joselu

March 31st, 2006 at 5:09 pm

Huseng bulag, funny but it seems or I have an impression you where commenting on what I wrote.The only thing is I don’t see it posted.
But anyway. I’m one of those “public” & I’m guaging it by it’s merits & I see it insted as something foolish.I think writing an opinio is just an opinion.It has nothing to do w/ enforcing it.That is why it’s called an opinion.

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junkmail_andy

April 1st, 2006 at 3:28 am

hindi ko rin maisip kong paano kaya kong nagkakabinet meeting si gma. kasinungalingan din ba ang sinasabi ng lahat na kabinite nito?

Naging inutil na rin ang mga government offices na supposedly mangunguna such as NBI DOJ PNP AFP Congress na siyang pilit pang pinagtatakpan. for the sake of gma? no siyempre, at dapat liable sila sa taong bayan.

Sino pa ang maniniwala sa kanila, like may umiikot na peoples initiative. maniniwala ka kaya na walang kinalaman ang si gma?

INUTIL SILA!!!

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Huseng Bulag

April 1st, 2006 at 1:05 pm

Yes, joselu, I was reacting to your post. If you are not enforcing your views on others, then you are not making a fool of yourself.
On the other hand, what do you find foolish on the report that concluded Bunye and Garci are involved in the coverup of that tape scandal? Didn’t you see the original picture of Bunye holding up two discs, identifying one as the original and the other a fake? Aren’t you convinced that Garci is lying through his teeth when he said that he never left the country at the height of the scandal? Don’t you believe that those were GMA and Garci talking on the tapes? Or maybe you are thinking that the phrase “magpapataas sa inyo” referred to GMA’s height afterall.
What hurts me most is the thought that these people are being paid by the taxpayer’s money and all they’re trying to do is protect the interests of GMA and not of the country to which they owe what they feed themselves and their families, plus all the perks and privileges they seem to relish so much.

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joselu

April 1st, 2006 at 2:06 pm

Huseng bulag, I guess our difference is that I was never sold to the Garci tapes from the start.
I have always beleaved that how is it possible to give much importance to something illegal & give it much weight.
Personaly, it seems to me that we are using the “puwede na” attitude when in reality it is far from enough to prove anything substantialy.
One thing sure those illegal tapes have done was divide & confuse the people so as to create opputunity for “those” in the shadows to make their move.
I have always asked myself, if something is really so true & nothing but the truth & completely so credible, How come that it has not managed to create a snoball effect? How come that those sold to it have to “hard sell” it?

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Theboss

April 1st, 2006 at 10:37 pm

Joselu, sa tono ng pagsasalita mo parang ikaw yung secretary ni gma na may miyak sa nguso…. ha..ha..ha…ha…..

alam mo ba, ito ang katotohanan, yung cha cha pirma nyo, nabuking si gma na totoong nandaya siya sa eleksyon, alam mo ba kung bakit, by law of average, ang nakuha nyong total sa cha cha pirma ay mas mababa sa lumabas na total nya sa nakaraang eleksyon, lalo na siguro kung may kalaban pa siyang nangangampanya sa bawat barangay, ang ibig sabihin yang total ng cha cha pirma nyo ay yan lang ang pinakamataas na boto na makukuha ni gma. o.k. ba?

alam mo ba joselu ang kasabihan ng matatanda? Saan ba nahuhuli ang malalaking isda, hindi ba sa sarili nilang bunganga.(Garci Tape)

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schumey

April 2nd, 2006 at 9:57 pm

When people hide behind technicalities to clear their names, it does not mean that they never did anything wrong. Yan ang flaw ng batas. Kaya maraming kriminal ang patuloy na naka-lalaya.

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lokalokang matino

April 3rd, 2006 at 10:20 am

Only an UNBORN child does not know the existence of the GARCI tape.
ITS VERY CLEAR ALREADY The subjects gloria and garci recognized its existence. In fact the LIVE tv/radio PRESS CONFERENCE OF BUNYE tells the world it exist.

The issue of the GARCI tape is already a PUBLIC INTEREST. Bunye
elevated that when he announced it. gloria confirmed it in her “IM SORRY SPEECH”.

When PUBLIC INTEREST is at stake the parties are obliged to shed light
on the burning issue and NOT COVER UP on technicalities.

PUBLIC SERVANTS are expected to respect and protect THE OFFICE they
OCCUPY, so that when their actions and credibilty is in doubt due to alledged corruption and misgovernance, that PUBLIC SERVANT HAS NO OTHER OPTION but TO VACATE THE POSITION. In so doing, the credibility and respectability of that OFFICE is INTACT.

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joselu

April 4th, 2006 at 4:46 pm

theboss, but it still does not change the fact that those tapes are not enough. Like i said, to others, “puwede na”. But to so many more “kulang pa”
Like I said, can anyone explain that to some those tapes mean so much while to many more people it does not have that effect. Why?
I’m just trying to be objective.
Obviously the tape appeals to a certain group of people only.
It’s almost a year now & nothing has snowballed about the tape. Why?
It’s still the same people “trying hard” to sell it, Why?
Where is it supposed to lead the nation?
Who is supposed to profit from it?
What good will it do all of us?

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matthew

April 12th, 2006 at 3:05 pm

@Joselu

ibig mo bang sabihin na kung hindi naging mabenta sa tao yung GARCI tape, eh wala ng ginawang kalokohan si gloria, di mo ba napansin na bago pa lang nilabas yung tungkol sa GARCI tape eh nakapag dub na agd sila ng kanilang sariling bersyon, tapos sasabihin nilang isang origial at isang fake, kung hindi man naging patok sa tao yung garci tape, eh sa dahilang malaking budget ang nakalaan dito para pasinungalingan ang lahat ng tunkol don, isama na natin yung mga congressmen na laging nakatanghod kay gloria.. sila ang nag o orchestrate ng lahat… kawawang Juan dela cruz, pera natin ang inuubos para lang mabusog ang mga buwayang ito

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