July 12, 2005 · Posted in: General, In the News

Cast of characters

SINCE the Garci tapes were made public, the PCIJ has sought the assistance of various people, including Comelec personnel, in identifying the voices and names in the recording to help us better understand the phone conversations.

We are sharing with you the “Cast of Characters” that we have put together so far. The list also appears in our special edition of I Report, which is available in hard copy and downloadable version.

Besides President Arroyo, then Elections Commissioner Garcillano, and First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo, the elections commissioner spoke to six candidates in last year’s elections and a dozen Comelec officials and personnel. Garcillano’s conversations with his wife Grace, a DepEd superintendent in Mindanao, and four party supporters, lawyers and officials were also recorded.

Our sources identified 57 names referred to in the conversations, including Fernando Poe Jr. and 19 other candidates, 18 Comelec officials and personnel, seven military and police officers, six laywers and political party staffmembers, eight party-list organizations and Abdullah Dalidig of Namfrel-Lanao del Sur.

THE CAST OF CHARACTERS:

STARRING

Virgilio “Gil” “Garci” Garcillano
Commissioner, Commission on Elections

and

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
President of the Republic
(The time codes of their recorded phone calls: May 26, 11:04, 11:25; May 27 07:29; May 28 22:13; May 29, 09:43, 09:47, 14:00; May 31 23:17; June 1 21:43; June 2 22:29; June 6 19:00; June 7, 16:10, 19:17; June 8 17:51; June 10 13:40)

with

Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo
First Gentleman
(Spoke to Garcillano on June 2, 10:23, 11:56; June 8 14:33; June 14 07:45 and was referred to in a call on June 12 10:03)

SUPPORTING ROLE

The Candidates

Robert Barbers
Former senator; K4 senatorial candidate May 2004
(Spoke to Garcillano on May 24 17:37; May 25 15:19; May 26 09:11; after May 26 19:50; May 29 15:16; June 3 13:35, 13:37, 13:39, 19:03; June 4 12:05; June 8 12:33; June 14 10:32; referred to in other Garci calls on May 24 16:00; May 25 11:45; June 1, 14:12, 15:07; June 2 10:23, 11:56; June 6 12:03; June 8 12:02, 14:33, 15:33; June 20, 12:08)

Suharto “Teng” Mangudadatu
Rep., lone district, Sultan Kudarat, elected May 2004; believed to be closely associated with FG Mike Arroyo
(Spoke to Garcillano on June 4 08:32; June 20 12:08 and was referred to in conversations on May 29 09:47; June 6 12:03; June 16 12:57)

Abdullah Dimaporo
Rep., Lanao del Norte, re-elected May 2004
(Spoke to Garcillano on June 8 17:28; June 9 06:39)

Gerardo Espina Sr.
Former representative, lone district Biliran; municipal mayor, Naval, elected May 2004
(Spoke to Garcillano on June 9 13:30)

Juhary Abinal Galo
Mayoralty candidate, Lumba-Bayabao, Lanao del Sur
(Spoke to Garcillano on June 2 21:45)

Abdusakur Tan
Former governor, Sulu; KNP gubernatorial candidate, May 2004
(Spoke to Garcillano on June 8 12:14, 15:56)

Comelec Officials and Personnel

Lintang Bedol
Provincial election supervisor for Maguindanao, assigned to Sultan Kudarat for May 2004; also chairman, Cotabato City Board of Canvassers
(Spoke to Garcillano on May 29 15:25; June 1 14:12 and referred to in calls on May 25 10:50; May 26 08:23; May 29, 09:47, 15:16, 15:22; May 30 10:45; after June 1 14:12)

Renault “Boy” Macarambon
Lawyer detailed at Garcillano’s office
or
Renato “Boy” Magbutay
Comelec director, ARMM
(Spoke to Garcillano on May 26 13:42; June 5, 13:41, 17:01; Macarambon was referred to in a call on May 25 19:52)

Ray Sumalipao
Provincial election supervisor, Lanao del Sur, for May 2004; now ARMM assistant regional director
(Spoke to Garcillano on May 30 13:30 and referred to in a call on June 8 17:51)

Wynne Asdala
Lawyer, Comelec law department; assigned to Maguindanao for May 2004
(Spoke to Garcillano June 6 12:03; June 8 12:02, 15:33 and referred to in calls on June 14 18:35; June 16, 12:57, 14:18; June 20 12:08)

Clarita Callar
Comelec director, Region XII
(Spoke to Garcillano after May 25 19:52 call)

Elisa “Lisa” Gasmin
Secretary, Cotabato City Board of Canvassers
(Spoke to Garcillano on June 1 14:12 and referred to after May 25 19:52 call and June 1 11:10)

Israel “Teng” Kamid
Staff, Maguindanao provincial elections office
(Spoke to Garcillano on May 29 15:22; May 30 10:45; June 9 17:00)

Manuel “Noli” Barcelona Jr.
Comelec commissioner
(Spoke to Garcillano on May 30 16:31 and referred to in a call on June 4 08:32)

Ellen Peralta
Executive secretary of Commissioner Garcillano
(Spoke to Garcillano on May 26 11:30; June 3 18:30; June 16 15:21 and referred to in a call on June 4 12:05)

Jimmy Paz
Chief of staff of Comelec Chairman Benjamin Abalos
(Spoke to Garcillano on June 11 13:04 and referred to on June 14 18:35; June 16 14:18)

Juanito “Johnny” Icaro (voice-annotated in the tape as “Danny”)
Comelec director, Region IV
(Spoke to Garcillano on May 25 19:52; May 26 8:23)

“Malou”
Staff member of Chairman Abalos
(Spoke to Garcillano on May 31 10:12)

Lawyers, Aides and Party Officials or Supporters

George Goking
Businessman, Cagayan de Oro
(Spoke to Garcillano May 28 19:04 and referred to in a call on June 16 16:27)

Butch Paquingan
Campaigns handler, Lanao del Sur
(Spoke to Garcillano June 6 18:00)

Tony Gatuslao (according to Cebu Rep. Clavel Martinez)
Presidential adviser for the Visayas
or
Winston Garcia (according to Rep. Clavel Martinez)
GSIS chief; brother of Gwendolyn Garcia, Cebu governor elected May 2004
(Spoke to Garcillano June 8 20:45)

Others

Grace Garcillano
Spouse of Commissioner Garcillano
(Spoke to the commissioner on May 30 14:31; June 6 10:45; June 8 12:27; June 12 10:55)

Hadja Zenaida Ampatua
Department of Education Superintendent, Lanao del Sur; mother-in-law of Mohammad Aquil Alonto Mamainte, re-elected mayor of Bayang, Lanao del Sur
(Spoke to Garcillano on June 6 18:00)

EXTRAS
(People referred to in the phone calls)

The Candidates

Fernando Poe Jr.
KNP presidential candidate, May 2004; now deceased
(May 29 14:00; June 7 20:38; June 10 13:40)

Rodolfo Biazon
Senator, re-elected May 2004
(May 24 16:00; May 26 11:04; June 1 15:07)

Datu Pax Mangudadatu
Sultan Kudarat governor, re-elected May 2004
(May 28 12:58; June 8 12:02)

Muslimin Sema
Mayor, Cotabato City, re-elected May 2004
(May 30 16:31; June 1 14:12)

Bai Sandra Sema
Congressional candidate, 1st district Maguindanao; wife of Muslimin Sema
(May 29 15:22; June 16 16:15)

Jose Ma. Salceda
Rep., 3rd district Albay, re-elected May 2004
(June 14 10:32)

Gwendolyn Garcia
Cebu governor, elected May 2004
(June 8 20:45)

Edgar Fumar
Mayor, Culaba, Biliran, elected May 2004
(June 9 13:30)

Mohammad Aquil Alonto Mamainte
Mayor, Bayang, Lanao del Sur, re-elected May 2004; son-in-law of Hadja Zenaida Ampatua
(June 6 18:00)

Wahab Akbar
Basilan governor, re-elected May 2004
(June 7 20:38; June 8 12:33)

Bai Sendig “Baiz” Dilangalen
Rep., 1st district Maguindanao, elected May 2004; spouse of ex-Rep. Didagen Dilangalen
(June 4 08:32)

Didagen “Digs” Dilangalen
KNP senatorial candidate, May 2004; former Rep., 1st district Maguindanao; spouse of Bai Sendig
(June 1 14:12)

Estrellita Juliano
Mayoralty candidate, Cotabato City
(June 1 14:12; and succeeding conversation)

Grace Padaca
Isabela governor, elected May 2004
(May 26 19:50)

Faustino Dy Jr.
Former Isabela governor; gubernatorial candidate, May 2004
(May 17 17:28)

Angelo Roncal Montilla
Gubernatorial candidate, Sultan Kudarat
(May 28 12:58)

Rafael Nantes
Rep., 1st district Quezon, re-elected May 2004
(June 16 15:21)

Gambai R. Dagalangit
Former mayor, Lumba-Bayabao, Lanao del Sur; spouse of Minda Dagalangit, Mayor, elected May 2004
(June 2 21:45)

Leandro Verceles Jr.
Governor, Catanduanes, re-elected May 2004
(May 28 13:15)

Benjamin Loong
Governor, Sulu, elected May 2004
(June 8 12:40)

Comelec Officials and Personnel

Benjamin Abalos
Comelec chairman
(May 26 13:06; May 30 16:31; June 10 13:40)

Florentino Tuason Jr.
Comelec commissioner
(June 4 08:32; June 11 13:04; June 14 18:35; June 16 16:27)

Resurreccion “Rex” Borra
Comelec commissioner
(June 6 12:03; June 8 15:33; June 9 13:30; June 16 12:57)

Rufino “Pinong” Javier
Comelec commissioner
(May 26 19:50; June 9 13:30)

Rashma Hali
Election officer, Tipo-Tipo, Basilan
(June 5 13:41; June 7 16:10, 20:38)

Cipriano Ebron
Election officer, Pangutaran, Sulu; brother-in-law of Sulu provincial election supervisor Reynaldo Pescadera
(June 7 20:38)

Datu Salangit Macalaba
Election supervisor, Lanao del Sur; now deceased
(June 2 21:45)

Alioden Dalaig
Lawyer, Comelec law department
(June 16 16:27)

Betty Pizaña
Chief, Comelec Electoral Contests and Adjudication Department
(June 8 13:25)

Borromeo Patangan
Lawyer; Chairman, Provincial board of canvassers, Basilan for May 2004
(June 5 13:41)

Remlane Tambuang
Vice chairman, Cotabato City Board of Canvassers for May 2004; now acting Comelec Region 11 Director
(June 1 11:10)

Michael “Mike” Abas
Former election supervisor, Saranggani; election supervisor, Tawi-Tawi for May 2004
(June 5 17:01)

Flor Muñoz
Election officer, a town in Maguindanao
(June 1 11:10)

Lisa Cariño
Comelec assistant director, Bicol region; Chair of provincial board of canvassers, Camarines Norte
(June 1 21:43)

Josllyn de Mesa
Lawyer; Chair of provincial board of canvassers, Sulu
(June 8 12:40)

Ester Roxas
Chief, Electoral Statistical and Records Office, Comelec
(June 26 11:30)

Adnan Mohammad
Election officer, Languyan, Tawi-Tawi
(June 5 17:01)

Wilfredo Daraug
Election supervisor, Basilan
(June 7 20:38)

Lawyers and Political Party Staff

Joey Rufino
Presidential political adviser
(May 30 16:31)

Manolo Gorospe
Lakas legal counsel for May 2004; former Comelec commissioner
(June 12 10:03)

Rufus Rodriguez
KNP legal counsel for May 2004
(June 7 20:38)

Antonio “Tony” Vilar
Treasurer, K-4 coalition
(June 12 10:03)

Kaguiteng Sundang
Muslimin Sema’s lawyer
(after June 1 14:12 call)

Romulo Macalintal
K-4 legal counsel
(June 2 22:29)

Military and Police Officers

Francisco Gudani
Brig. Gen., Marine commander in charge of the Lanao province
(May 28 22:13; June 8 13:25)

Hermogenes Esperon Jr.
Brig. Gen., AFP, deputy chief of staff for operations and former head of Presidential Security Group
(May 28 22:13; June 8 13:25)

Roy Kyamko
Lt. Gen., then Southern Command chief
(May 28 22:13; June 8 13:25)

Gabriel Habacon
Then head, Task Force Comet; Maj. Gen., commanding general, 1st Infantry Division
(May 29 14:00; June 2 22:29)

Arturo Lomibao
Police general; Chief of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group; now PNP chief
(June 5 17:01; June 6 19:00; June 7 20:38)

Hermogenes Ebdane Jr.
Police general; PNP Chief; now public works secretary
(June 5 17:01)

Aminkadra Salahuddin Undug
Colonel, Philippine Army; former commanding officer of ISAFP MIG9 based in Zamboanga
(June 5 13:41)

Party-list Organizations

VFP
Veterans Freedom Party, elected May 2004
(June 7 20:40)

ALIF
Ang Laban ng Indigenong Filipino, elected May 2004
(June 14 07:45)

TUCP
Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, ran May 2004
(June 7 20:38)

ANAD
Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy, ran May 2004
(June 7 20:38)

SMILE
Samahan ng mga Mangangalakal para sa Ikauunlad ng Lokal na Ekonomiya, ran May 2004
(June 3 18:30; June 7 20:38)

Others

Namfrel
National Citizen’s Movement for Free Elections
(on May 31 23:17)

Abdullah Dalidig
Namfrel provincial chairman, Lanao del Sur
(June 8 17:51)

19 Responses to Cast of characters

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Chihiro

July 12th, 2005 at 3:38 pm

WOW. Salamat sa PCIJ for putting a name to the voice!!!!

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Partisanong Lagalag

July 12th, 2005 at 3:54 pm

NAMFREL was also referred.

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INSIDE PCIJ: Stories behind our stories » Cleaned up transcript of 3-hour tape

July 12th, 2005 at 4:34 pm

[…] WE are also making available for download the cleaned-up transcript of the three-hour "Hello Garci" recording. After going through the tapes over and over for several weeks and with the help of our sources, we were able to identify the voices, identify and correct the names (see "Cast of Characters"), and validate the context of the conversations. The entire transcript is also included in the special issue of i Report. […]

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Bensgr8

July 12th, 2005 at 5:09 pm

Sure ba talaga kayo kay FPJ? Wow, so ngayon lumalabas na pinaandaran tayo nila Paguia at Tatad na focus raw ay si GMA. Sa milyun-milyun pisong nagastos sa mga hearings na yan dapat lang sigurong maging accountable itong dalawa. Sayang naman ang pera ng mga tax-payers.

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Chihiro

July 12th, 2005 at 5:16 pm

Si FPJ po ay NABANGGIT lang sa tapes. Ilang beses binanggit ni Gloria ang pangalan ni FPJ. Wala po ang boses ni FPJ sa tapes. Paano tayo pinaandaran nila Paguia at Tatad?

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sef

July 12th, 2005 at 5:39 pm

Alecks: Nitpicking is not one of my traits. You might want to review your past posts and check if I really took you out of context.

When presented with a recording with damning contents, the first order of the day should have been to identify its authenticity and verify its contents. It is just the natural thing to do which could have given the PCIJ better credibility. If you were not sure, you could have told us so, and by which you could have opened yourselves to our judgement. We could have admired you more by staking your reputation, rather than by being safe.

Everyone is convinced already that the voices where from Garci and PGMA, and it is only now that you post this cast of characters? You just missed the chance to make a difference.

I must have been asking too much from PCIJ, but I guess it is about time for everyone to expect something better than the current rot the rest of the mass media is.

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The J Spot

July 12th, 2005 at 6:25 pm

The whole nine yards

The latest from PCIJ Blog: the whole nine yards on the Gloriagate scandal:

Cast of characters; and,
Cleaned-up transcript.

Haven’t read the clean transcript yet personally, but will get to that…

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The Gloriagate Conversations

July 12th, 2005 at 7:47 pm

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Gloriagate Converstions

Putting all the Gloriagate conversations in a blog – a format that facilitates commentary – good idea. Having a linear organization where the last of all 150 conversations is the top post, and users have to go through so many previous pages to get to …

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penpenpen88

July 13th, 2005 at 1:15 pm

Great Job. Nice to know that there are still people who care more bout the truth than just media milage.

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ronin

July 14th, 2005 at 12:51 am

Conversation between Gary and an unidentified man on 25 14:49 hotel May 2004

In this conversation, Garci appears to be very upset about having been seen talking with a certain individual. In the PCIJ transcript the name is transcribed as “Cirio.” Enhancing this portion of the audio reveals that Garci says “Eusebio.”

Comelec’s First Division (which included Garci) handled the protest filed by Henry Lanot against Vicente Eusebio, both candidates in the controversial Pasig mayoralty race.

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subtlestrike

July 14th, 2005 at 1:50 pm

Nakasama ba yung pinapapunta ni garci sa starbucks? Or did I miss her name sa cast? (hehehe)

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TaroyCayetano1

July 14th, 2005 at 8:56 pm

TO THOSE WHO ARE INTELLIGENT ENOUGH – jueteng allegations and wiretap
conversations

Mag-imbestiga at Alamin ang KATOTOHANAN!

KILALANIN ANG MGA PERSONALIDAD NA NAGBABATO NG AKUSASYON SA ATING ADMINISTRASYON AT HUMIHILING NA BUMABA SA PWESTO SI PGMA:

1. Wilfredo “Boy” Mayor * Jueteng witness who admits to being a former
operator of jueteng in the Bicol Region.

* He claims to have given Monthly Jueteng Payola to bagmen of Congressman Mikey Arroyo.

* He was an opposition candidate for Mayor in Daraga, Albay in the 2004 elections. He lost the elections.

*Mayor admits that he has no evidence to show that the money he cl aims to have given these bagmen went to Congressman Mikey Arroyo

2. Richard Garcia

* Jueteng witness who is a self-confessed former
operator of the illegal numbers game in the Bicol Region.

* He claims to have given Monthly Jueteng Payola to bagmen of Congressman Mikey Arroyo. He admits that he has no evidence to show that the money he claims to have given these bagmen
went to Congressman Mikey Arroyo

* A former member of the PC-INP and a known “asset” of Ping Lacson

3. Sandra Cam
* She claims to have personally given Jueteng Payola to Congressman Mikey Arroyo and Congressman Iggy Arroyo at the Congress Session hall(while Congress was in session). She claims to have deposited Jueteng Payola for former Region 5 Regional Director Gen. Restituto Mosqueda.

* Ran for Mayor in Masbate under Reforma in the 2004 elections and lost.

* Has a pending illegal recruitment case and pending large-scale estafa cases.

* Known in Bicol to have engaged in all possible illegal activities and to be “close” to generals previously assigned in the Bicol region. The staff of known hotels in Bicol would know this.

* Reportedly a lover of Governor Tony Kho

* linked to several election-related incidents, including dynamiting houses of political opponents, kidnapping and murder.

* In her testimony before the Senate, Cam admitted to being a supporter of Governor Tony Kho, who has been charged with masterminding the killing of Representative Tito Espinosa. The case is still pending in court.

4. Archbishop Oscar Cruz

* Says that it is his personal advocacy to stop Jueteng

* His name never came out during the 2000 impeachment trial where jueteng was a key issue.
If it is the archbishop’s personal advocacy to stop jueteng,why is it only now that Archbishop Cruz is coming out with all these witnesses and accusations ?

* Previously hugged the headlines when he accused Pagcor chairman Efraim Genuino of using female employees of Pagcor as GRO’s or Guest Relations Officer during a birthday celebration of
First Gentleman Mike Arroyo. This was denied by the Pagcor chairman and the female employees themselves who apparently were with their families during the said birthday celebration. Archbisop Cruz made an apology to the families of the Pagcor female employees.

And thanks to the Catholic Church for realizing early that Ong was not a man with a word of honor. They kicked Ong out of the seminary for not keeping the gentleman’s agreement for not giving interviews to press while in the seminary.

5. Alan Paguia
* He initially claimed to be the source of the audio tape

* Known to be a former lawyer of Erap and reportedly gets a monthly salary of 1 Million pesos a month from the detained former president.

* License as a lawyer was suspended by the Supreme Court

* His credibility and background was being questioned; and more critical, was his own admission that he made the annotation and thereby tampered with the original audio tape.

6. Samuel Ong

* Former NBI deputy director
* Came out on National TV on June 10 and claimed that he was the source of the original copy of the audio tape and that it was given to him by an Intelligence official (ISAFP) who was later
identified as Tech. Sgt. Vidal Doble. Doble claims that he was offered 2 Million pesos and his family was threatened by Ong.

* Ong had often organized mass actions to support his ambition to be director of the NBI.

* During the NBI investigation of the Dacer-Corbito murder case, the principal suspect Superintendent Teofilo Vina who could link Ping Lacson to the case was killed in Cavite in January 1993. It is known that Ong who was still influential then as deputy director
had a hand in this to get Lacson of the hook. During the 2004 elections, he was ordered by Lacson to join the FPJ camp to serve as Lacson’s eyes and ears.

– AND AFTER ONG WAS BYPASSED BY ARROYO FOR THE TOP NBI POST and chose Wycoco instead.

* He said that he fears for his life. One would wonder how these words would come fro m a person who once aspired to be an NBI director. He chose a career in the National Bureau of Investigation that entails agents to confront death threats on a daily basis. Was the media
presentation, with Ong almost crying out of fear for his life and character actor Rez Cortez beside him a mere “sarzuela”.

WE SHOULD TAKE NOTE THAT SINCE PGMA BECAME PRESIDENT, THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A CASE OF AN EXECUTION OR PROLONGED INCARCERATION OF ANY OF HER CIVILIAN CRITICS INSPITE OF THE FACT THAT A LOT THESE CRITICS HAVE GONE OVERBOARD.

7. Jose Marie Gonzalez – “voice expert”

* Media’s so called electronics and communications expert who initially said that the audio tapes were authentic and not tampered. What audio tape was he referring to when Paguia’s version was (according to Paguia himself) recorded with annotation and thus was tampered. The other “so-called original” version was only released by Ong on June 10, 2004.

* A former congressman and well-known Erap supporter

* He slapped the house sargeant-at-arms in front of national TV during the transmittal of the impeachment complaint against Erap in late 2000. How uneducated and barbaric!

* Was given a house in Subic and a brand new red Lincoln Navigator during Erap’s presidency.

* Reportedly got 10 million from Mayor JV Ejercito for coming out with his “expert opinion” on the audio tape.

8. Senator Nene Pimentel

* Senate President during the Erap administration.

* resigned from then majority party when the envelope containing the Jose Velarde account was not allowed to be opened by majority of senate members.

* Held the Microphone during PGMA’s oath taking at Edsa 2.

* Went back to criticizing PGMA when he was not chosen as Vice President after EDSA 2.

* His No. 1 soldier is his long time ally in PDP Laban – Mayor Jejomar Binay. During EDSA 2, Binay brought in the goons to intimidate protesters from the business community in Makati.
Since then, Makati has been the site of destabilization attempts against PGMA namely the Coup/Mutiny in Oakwood and their planned EDSA 4 in San Carlos last June 11. Binay was one of the first people seen in San Carlos Seminary.

* Still has ambitions to be president.

9. Senator Ping Lacson
* He once said that he despised and he never wants to be a politician.

* He is on his 2nd term as senator and he ran for president during the 2004 elections

* has always portrayed a clean, incorruptible image. he always says that he never took a single centavo from illegal means, jueteng included. He has also boasts of not utilizing his pork barrel.

* Most generous when it comes to “envelopmental journalism”. Lacson has a pool of media personnel on a monthly payola. Lacson’s most effective media tool is mass-based publication
Abante where Ping Lacson writes in a regular column. Mr. Allen Macasaet, Owner of Abante, reportedly has been receiving 5 million pesos a month from Ping Lacson since 2003 . 37 year old Allen Macasaet, lives in posh Ayala Alabang and reportedly owns a Ferrari(worth 12 Million), a BMW 9 series (worth 11Million), a Porsche 911 (worth 10 Million), a Jaguar (worth 8 million), a Range Rover(worth 9 million), two Chevrolet Suburbans (worth 2.5 Million each), a Ford E150 Chateau Van, and a Honda Accord – all purchased brand new. Perhaps,his neighbors in Ayala Alabang can attest to Mr.Allen Macasaet’s ownership of these luxury vehicles. NO WONDER 95% OF ABANTE HEADLINES IS ANTI-PGMA. And what a good choice of newspaper… masang masa… could readily reach millions of ordinary filipinos.

* Now comes the Million Dollar Question ???? Where does Senator Ping Lacson (who boasts that he does not get his PhP 200 Million a year “pork barrel fund) get funding to finance a successful
senate campaign, a decent but unsuccessful presidential campaign, and still afford a very generous media payola ???

* He has been linked to kidnap-for-ransom of rich Fil-Chinese nationals, illegal drug trafficking, Kuratong-Baleleng massacre, Dacer-Corbito slay.

* In 1993, Ping Lacson reportedly was getting the biggest monthly payola from jueteng lord and convicted rapist-murderer Mayor Antonio Sanchez of Calauan, Laguna. Thus, the attempt to cover-up Mayor Sanchez’s crime by initially pointing to Kit Alqueza, son of general Dictador Alqueza, as the mastermind of the celebrated rape-slay of Aileen Sarmenta and boyfriend Allan Gomez. Ping Lacson was then head of PACC who presented the young Kit Alqueza to then vice-president Erap Estrada and media.

* Ping Lacson has had access to suppliers of wire-tapping devices as early as his PACC days. During a raid of the CIDG after EDSA 2, wire-tapping devices purchased during Ping Lacson’s term as PNP chief were confiscated from camp crame and stored in CIDG’s warehouse. Said confiscated devices remain stored in the CIDG warehouse until this day.

* With his seemingly infinite monetary resources and political clout as 2nd termer senator, it is highly probable that Ping Lacson himself owns the latest model of wire-tapping/ bugging devices.

* Even with the exposure of his links to people behind the audio tape, he was still the one who had the tape authenticated by a private australian firm.

* He came out with the results from the Australian firm on the night Friday, June 10. How could he have gotten a copy of the original when Sammy Ong (who claims to be acting on his own and says he does not know Ping Lacson)only surfaced with the so-called original copy on the afternoon of June 10? The previously claimed original was the annotated and tampered version
of Alan Paguia.

* Ping Lacson’s former men in the PACC that could implicate him in his criminal activities are either dead (Supt. John Campos, Supt. Teofilo Vina, Kit Mateo) or hiding in the US ( Michael Ray Aquino and Cesar Mancao). Lacson quickly points to his enemies as behind the execution of his
former trusted aides. If this allegation were true, why would Lacson’s enemies target his men instead of killing him (Lacson). Who ordered the execution and hiding of his former men before the May 2004 elections to make sure that no one could directly implicate Lacson in his criminal
activities. Perhaps Samuel Ong should fear Lacson as Ong is also a person who could implicate Lacson in the present destabilization moves.

* After the 2004 elections, Ping Lacson became supportive of PGMA’s government and even did not join the opposition’s protest actions during FPJ’s wake. He believed then that if he behaved this way, he would be a sure bet for President come 2010. However, he again started to be PGMA’s biggest critic recently. Perhaps PGMA’s illegal drugs campaign which has closed down the most number of Shabu Laboratories in recent years and anti-kidnapping campaign is already affecting Lacson’s treasure chest and he fears that by 2010, his funds would not be enough to run a successful presidential campaign against a popular Mar Roxas.

10. Erap, Jinggoy, Loi and JV Ejercito
* They clearly want one thing : to exact revenge on PGMA

* This is very evident at how Senator Jinggoy and Loi have been grandstanding during the senate inquiry on jueteng.

* Senator Jinggoy and San Juan Mayor JV Ejercito were one of the first people to join Sammy Ong ( who said that he was acting on his own and the he was calling on Ms. Susan Roces to join him) in San Jose Seminary. They were interviewed over ANC and both Jinggoy and JV
attacked PGMA and repeatedly said that the opposition had an executive committee, with ERAP as ex-officio chairman, that was ready to replace the administration in case we are “miraculously swept into power”..

– Boracay mansion?, Rest house in Rizal? Laarni Estate?, Couple thousand pesos worth of wine consumed by Erap daily?, extravagant and lavish lifestyle of Estradas? Luxury cars, Vans, Resorts, owned by them? Ganon ba kaguapo at kaganda ang katawan para maging action star si Jinggoy para kumita ng milyon milyon sa pelikula? Erap’s endless womanizing, morals, gambling, whose only legit earnings mostly came from showbiz? against an already known rich
family of the Tuasons and Arroyo’s? – Who’s probably more corrupt? Why not attack PGMA directly? Coz they can’t see any reason to attack? So they go attacking PGMA’s family coz they don’t know how to attack PGMA.

We Filipinos should investigate further why key people coming out with all these accusations and calls on PGMA to step down have in one way or the other been linked to leaders in the opposition like Ping Lacson or Erap. We should not take everything that media comes out with as absolute truths since it is already our country’s future that is being threatened by these people. During the wake of FPJ last year, it was already reported that the opposition was hatching a plan to bring down the Arroyo administration.

The opposition clearly wanted to use FPJ’s death to bring down PGMA. Susan Roces herself mentioned to a confidant during the wake that some opposition leaders then were convincing her to lead them in bringing down PGMA. If indeed the opposition had in its possession the audio tape that they claim to be a phone conversation made immediately after the May 2004
elections between PGMA and Comelec Commissioner Garcilliano, why did they not come out with the audio tape during the wake or burial of FPJ when millions of FPJ mourners were out on the streets ?

It could have easily resulted to an early end to the Arroyo administration. Perhaps they were still working on the tape with their “expert engineers” during that time.

The people behind the efforts to bring down PGMA have not succeeded in spite of the desperate moves they have made primarily because they have never been united. They have several leaders who all want to be acknowledged as the legitimate and the unanimous opposition leader.
There is Erap and his families who want to regain lost glory and power; there is a Ping Lacson who despises politicians and yet desperately aims to be president; and there is Nene Pimentel who still dreams of becoming president which he hopes would happen before his eye bags cover his face. All these destabilization moves is a result of the individual aspirations of these people to grab power.

Susan Roces has experienced this when the opposition could not even unite behind a strong FPJ during the 2004 elections. She experienced this during her husband’s wake and burial when public sympathy was there but again the opposition was not united. She experienced this
during the opposition’s planned call for an EDSA 4 last June 11 when according to her confidant, the opposition were still fighting among themselves even during the early hours of June 11 on what moves to take. At around 2:30 am of June 11, Senator Ping Lacson, Senator
Jinggoy Estrada, Senator Serge Osmeï?½a, Senator Jamby Madrigal and Mayor Binay were in Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati discussing their next steps but still arguing on the details as well as to who would be their leader when they succeed in bringing down PGMA. Susan Roces
was supposed to call for their supporters to March to the streets. According to her confidant, Susan Roces just decided to call for sobriety and just manifest her moral support for Sammy Ong out of disgust over the opposition’s squabbling. The opposition’s plan for another EDSA did not and will not succeed because the people know the opposition’s motives. Of the many witnesses paraded in the Senate Inquiry and media, not a single person would pass as a “credible witness”.

And why even calls for NOLI to resign also? Is Loren, who was teary eyed over the siding of Pimentel to the then opposition more popular to the masses, considering she was even rejected by the masses and even the opposition themselves when she decided to run as FPJ’s running mate (since GMA could not really choose another woman as running mate?)? Do you honestly think also that Noli cheated Loren? Oh, C’mon!

Who is their alternative? Who should lead us then? Angara and Lacson can’t unify… Pimentel and Enrile are also at odds… Abat? Lumbao? Bayan Muna? and other left wing party groups
who were present during toppling of ERAP? It seems like they are against every president. Just recently, they went on a presscon with the ESTRADAS joined hands? Is that what you
call unity?

According to the UP College of Psychology, the typical characteristics of a CREDIBLE WITNESS are :

1) The witness is close to the person being accused

* A good example given by the UP College of Psychology is Governor Chavit Singson who was part of Erap’s inner circle or “midnight cabinet”. He was very close to the Erap and practically knew the day-to-day activities of the former president which made him a credible witness in the impeachment trial.

2) The witness has an untainted moral background

* A good example given by the UP College of Psychology was Clarissa Ocampo who testified that Erap signed the name Jose Velarde in front of her. Clarissa Ocampo was then Vice President of Equitable-PCI Bank with an unblemished record of integrity and professionalism.

Now, lets say for instance that it is infact PGMA in the tapes, and it is Garcillano that she was talking to, MERON BA SIYANG SINABING MANDAYA!?! MERON BA SIYANG SINABING IBAHIN ANG RESULTA?

MERON BA SIYANG SINABING DAGDAGAN ANG BOTO NIYA? MERON BA SIYANG SINABING SIGURUHIN ANG PAGKAPANALO NIYA? It is very clear… SHE WAS ASKING QUESTIONS ANY POLITICIAN WOULD. And do you honestly think that none of the opposition candidates talked to commissioners, regional directors of the COMELEC to ask their standing? or to assess what was happening? PGMA merely asked if she was gonna still lead a million if so and so… and that if Biazon loses in an area, so and so… They we questions. NOT DIRECTIVES.

MAYBE IF THE OPPOSITION ARE NOT SO HUNGRY FOR POWER AND UNITED. MAYBE IF PING BRO EDDIE ETC ALL GAVE WAY TO FPJ… MANINIWALA PA TAYONG NANDAYA NGA SI PGMA…MAYBE IF ALL AND I SAY ALL OF THE SURVEYS PRIOR TO ELECTION TIME DID NOT
SAY PGMA WOULD DEFINITELY WIN, close but statistically significant lead.

MANINIWALA PA TAYONG NANDAYA SI PGMA…

MAYBE IF FPJ ANSWERED ALL INTERVIEW QUESTIONS DURING THE CAMPAIGN, ATTENDED DEBATES, ETC SO FILIPINOS WOULD KNOW HIS PLATFORM…

BUT EVEN IF YOU PUT ALL VOTES TO FPJ FOR ALL THE PRECINTS ELECTION RETURNS THE OPPOSITION WANTED TO BE OPENED DURING THE CANVASSING AND ZERO TO PGMA, PGMA WOULD STILL WIN BY 600T. AND NOW THEYRE SAYING “DI SILA PINAGBIGYAN NA MABUKSAN ANG MGA BALOTA”. Coz all they wanted was for congress NOT TO BE ABLE TO PROCLAIM a PRESIDENT by the 30th of JUNE when it should have so that everything would be in limbo since congress was already adjourned “SINE DIE”.

SO WHO REALLY WON? BRO. EDDIE WHO SAYS there were 2MILLION during his preelection rally? Roco who did not have a machinery? Lacson and FPJ whose votes were divided? OR GMA who was consistently top in the surveys, won in exit polls by GMA7 and ABS-CBN, DAILY INQUIRER, in an election that was pronounced “GENERALLY PEACEFUL AND CLEAN” elections by the CBCP, foreign governments, diplomats, international observers?

WHO LOST? NO ONE DID… Coz nadaya silang lahat… And which election in the philippines was 100% fraud free? It was the opposition led by ENRILE who started DAGDAG BAWAS… thats why Pimentel is at odds with him because he lost in previous senatorial elections…

DOES PGMA REALLY HAVE TO CONFIRM IS SHE WAS THE ONE IN THE TAPES? ITS REALLY UP TO HER. WHAT’S MORE IMPORTANT NOW? DEAL WITH WHAT SEEMS TO BE AN OBVIOUS DESTABILIZATION ATTEMPT (IN A TIME WHERE THEY KNOW PGMA WOULD BE VERY
VULNERABLE AND WEAK DUE TO VERY LOW RATINGS BROUGHT ABOUT BY HER UNPOPULAR BUT NEEDED PASSING OF VAT? INCREASE IN FUEL? ETC?)… OR FOCUS ON THE COUNTRY’S ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND PROBLEMS ON POVERTY???

THEY SAY THAT PGMA’S ADMINISTRATION IS SUPPRESSING BASIC RIGHTS… Yes its true that DOJ, NBI, LTFRB issued warnings against these tapes, BUT HAS ANY SINGLE PERSON BEEN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSING IT? Lima singko nga sa quiapo, internet. Pinamumudmod pa ng opposition. Halos lahat ng tv at radio stations, lahat ng news…. NARINIG NA NG LAHAT.
So bakit pa kailangang pakinggan sa congress? This is DEFINITELY NOT A CASE LIKE THE SECOND ENVELOPE. The contents of the envelope were NOT known to ordinary people, NOT known even to the senators, NO ONE… until just recently… BUT THE TAPES… everyone knows… SO MAYBE LET’S JUST USE THESE TAPES (which do not really prove fraud to begin with), TO USE AND PROVOKE THE POOR FILIPINOS ULTIMATELY UNSEAT PGMA SO THAT THE DISUNITED OPPOSITION WITH NO DIRECTION COULD ONCE AGAIN BE IN POWER??

MAG-IMBESTIGA AT ALAMIN NATIN ANG KATOTOHANAN !!!GAMITIN ANG TALINO… WAG ANG DAMDAMING PAMPELIKULA LANG! TAMA NA ANG MGA EXPERTO SA PANLILINLANG AT PAGARTE PARANG SA PELIKULA! WHAT THESE DESTABLIZERS ARE STAGING IS REALLY AN EXCELLENT SCRIPT THAT WOULD REALLY HURT ANY POOR FILIPINO’S HEART. TAMA NA ANG PAG-GAMIT SA MASANG PILIPINO.
PLEASE PASS AND SPREAD THE TRUTH.

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d_entrep

July 15th, 2005 at 4:15 pm

TaroyCayetano1 talagang masipag kang mag cut n paste
talagang lahat ng POSTS dito sa PCIJ ay may POST ka nitong iyong
litanya..Pwede ba lumikha ka ng mga saloobin o mga damdamin na
makakarelate kami.How much money is worth this litany

bahala ka na nga..ituro mo sa mga anak mo na pwedeng magnakaw at pwedeng magsinungaling at lahat ay nadadaan sa damage control
sayang ang effort mo bro..saang planeta ka ba galing at talagang baluktot na ang pag iisip ng tao…

tandaan mo ang kasabihan ang gingawa ng matanda ay magiging tama pag nakikita ng mga bata na ginagawa ng mga nakatatanda……….

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achtung338

July 22nd, 2005 at 1:25 pm

gloria arroyo should resign as president bcause if she will resign, people of the philippines would be happy

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soledad t. tubay

July 26th, 2005 at 11:22 am

Had she announced her resignation, the applause would have been more resounding. Baka daig pa ang pinkamalakas na kidlat at putok ng kanyon.

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puretuts

July 31st, 2005 at 3:40 pm

Dear Yvone,

I just learned that one of the characters in the tape was Butch Paquingan. It seems that you still dont know his whole personality. You just classified him as just a campaign handler. He is working under Bert Romulo. He is employed under DFA. He also handled Serge Osmena’s campaign here in Mindanao, 2001 yata. He also work for Jes Dureza. Bert used his connections in Lanao to placed him within the top 12 senators.

Now who’s search committe did garcillano went through? Wasnt it headed by Bert Romulo when he was still Executive Secretary.

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kid_cubao

August 1st, 2005 at 2:14 am

Mr. TaroyCayetano1,

I applaud your tenacity and lenghty argument; but in my opinion, you’re off-point.

One’s integrity is measured by what one does in the dark or when people are not looking. Whether GMA would have still won even if she did not make the call is not the issue. It is also not the issue that other politicians made the calls; those that did certainly should not hold the presidency either. The issue is one’s integrity.

If you catch your daughter taking money from your wallet without permission, your daughter would receive consequences even if you intended to give her money the next day and even if other kids steal from their parents. Your daughter needs to be held accountable so that you can shape their behavior to someday become a decent person. Your daughter would have had an excuse in that she is just a kid. GMA is an adult who in the dark when people were not looking made a call that she shouldn’t have compromising her integrity. If GMA is not held accountable or allowed to get away with her lapse of judgement, the filipino people is setting the wrong precedence to future leaders.

IGNORANCE IS NOT AN EXCUSE. THOSE WITH LOW MORAL INTEGRITY SHOULD NOT BE THE PRESIDENT…PERIOD.

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