ON May 15, an oppositionist gave former Estrada lawyer Alan Paguia a copy of a three-hour audio recording. That recording, contained in three CDs, was made up of supposedly wiretapped conversations that took place between Comelec Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano and various individuals, including President Arroyo and her husband, in late May and early June
Paguia was asked to give legal advice to the oppositionists who wanted to release the CD to the public. Instead, he made his own, shortened version of the CD, picking out the juiciest conversations and adding his own narration. He released this version to the media on Tuesday, after Malacañang had released two other versions of conversations between Garcillano and the Arroyos. As noted in previous posts, the Malacañang version omitted a number of incriminating conversations, mainly between Garcillano and senatorial candidate Robert Barbers, who appeared desperate to secure his election.
The excerpts that Paguia included in his abridged version of the Garcillano conversations jibe with those in the three-hour CD, which the PCIJ has also obtained and which we will release tonight.
For easy, manageable downloading, we took the liberty of dividing the 36-minute Paguia CD (which includes an introduction by the lawyer) into the following smaller MP3 files:
The full transcript is also available for download here.