ELECTORAL reform advocates have expressed fear that a staged circus is in the offing with Virgilio Garcillano as the clown a day before the former elections commissioner testifies at the resumption of hearings at the House of Representatives on the wiretapping scandal that has implicated him and Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to a plot to rig the results of the 2004 elections in her favor.

“We hope the truth about the Garcillano tapes will not be tossed into the circus ring and disappear with the sending in of clowns,” appealed Ramon Casiple, executive director of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reform (IPER), in reference to the public pronouncements made by Garcillano, through his lawyer Eddie Tamondong, on the eve of his scheduled appearance in the House that he will not respond to questions in relation to the audio recordings.

Invoking the sub judice principle, Tamondong cited a pending petition they have filed before the Supreme Court questioning the legality of the use of the taped conversations.

Casiple however views this as an “obvious cop-out” in the face of the public skepticism about Garcillano’s integrity. “Mr. Garcillano should be aware that the particular price that he needs to pay to the people is no less than the truth and nothing but the truth,” he said.

IPER has viewed with bewilderment the bizarre turn of events in the wake of Garcillano’s recent resurfacing five months after he disappeared in the midst of the controversy surrounding the leaked “Hello, Garci” tapes.

“Here is a fugitive with an arrest warrant who has thumbed his nose at the House of Representatives, consorted with rebels, and freely admitting he talked with politician-candidates during the election period behaving like the nation owed him everything,” said Casiple, amazed at the government’s cavalier handling of the resurfacing of Garcillano.

Casiple also noted how the police, the House security, and the Executive all waited for him to “show up in his own sweet time” instead of immediately running after Garcillano when a warrant was issued for his arrest.

“Worse,” he said, “is the way they treated him like a star, complete with a supporting cast and hawi boys.”

A former Comelec official also said he was not really surprised with what everyone, including the media, is saying and doing. “Isn’t this predictable, even with what will happen in the hearings? Step back and watch. Better still, imagine watching a replay of this five to ten years from now. Is this serious stuff? The issues are, but the players are not. They’re role playing.”

17 Responses to Staged circus in the offing with Garci as clown, IPER warns

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Chabeli

December 7th, 2005 at 2:13 am

There is an iota of hope that GARCI will tell the truth…maybe the good Lord will intercede and touch GARCI’s conscience…But then again, freedom of choice is a gift to man. I wonder what GARCI will choose: GOOD or EVIL? We shall see.

The public has allowed the HELLO GARCI issue to come thus far because the people want the system to work. However, it is precisely these POLITICIANS who refuse to make the process function properly as they will always cater to what they percieve to be the power.

The outcome of this GLUE-RIA SCANDAL is a make or break for the Philippines. We may have reached the crossroad; will we be a people of INTERGRITY or of DISHONESTY? Will we accept the man’s [i.e., GARCI] or the woman’s [GLUE-RIA] DECEIT? Which path would the people take? History will reveal the choice we made. And it will be history, too, that will record our voice.

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MitaMS

December 7th, 2005 at 5:32 am

may i ask what the arrest warrant was issued for? thinking about it, i really cannot recall nor did i bother find out what garci is accused of…since illegal naman yung hello garci tapes…

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Needless

December 7th, 2005 at 5:47 am

As I closedly watched the scripted performance of Garci stepping of from a small water craft. I immediately noticed one of the hooded “bodyguards” was armed with a well-maintained AK-47 (ho-hum..props). It was still glistening with oil. What also took my fancy was the way he returned Garci’s salute (crispy). There was also a good place to dock the craft (on the left) but of course he had to make an entrance for his welcomers at the beach. Tsk…Big Brother can produce an even convincing scripted show if he was given the task.

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koj

December 7th, 2005 at 5:49 am

chabeli,

pls let the man say his piece first and work from it.

rather than make or break for the philippines, the resurfacing of garci is a make or break for the opps. i predict this scandal, whatever its name is, glue-ria, garci, will just fade away and die a natural birth. we shall probably later on read about it only in the history books, worthy of a paragraph or two reference.

the reason why it reach this far is because the people are tired of politics and doesn’t want to take their chances or depend their life on it. debating about it here in the blogs is entertaining though and provides an outlet of emotions.

chances are, whatever comes out of garci’s mouth today, truth or lie depending on which truth you believe, will be a feast for the writers and the bloggers for next several days or weeks to come.

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koj

December 7th, 2005 at 5:51 am

mitams,
if i recall it right, the arrest warrant was for garci’s refusal to attend the congress’ hearings. i believe garci is not yet charged in the courts for whatever crime.

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almaeg

December 7th, 2005 at 6:35 am

halata naman scripted lahat ng paglitaw ni garci pati mga extra at props. tingnan mo nga binabasa nya mga statements, namamali pa. hinde spontaneous. pag wala sa script hinde sinasagot ang tanong ng media. alam ni garci na nagsisinungaling sya pero ok lang daw sa kanya magalit ang mga tao sabi ng lawyer nya anyway hinde naman daw kakandidato. anong klaseng moralidad mayron itong mga tao na ito. TAO PA BA ITO?

bukas abangan natin sa house ang “payaso”. baka mag ala gonzales ito. tingnan natin kung kaya ng house i contemp kung ayaw sagutin gaya ng ginawa sa senado. kaso kontrolado nga pala ang house ng majority tongressmen. baka magaya din sa impeachment ito. haaii…*sigh*

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baycas

December 7th, 2005 at 6:54 am

the clown’s “soft touch” in the works:

“Conversation between Gary (V. Garcillano) and believed to be Code 1 (Pres. Gloria Macapagal-
Arroyo) on 07 16:10 June ’04
Garcillano: Hello.
GMA: Hello, did you get my text about the Tipo-tipo?
Garcillano: Oho ma’am. Kwan ho, that’s what I’m being fearful about. Kung si Rashma Hali ‘yun, that’s why we are asking people to look for her so that we can control her.
GMA: She’s probably already being held by them.
Garcillano: Ma’am?
GMA: She’s probably being held by them already.
Garcillano: She is. That’s why if it is possible we will have her family to call her up from Zamboanga.
GMA: O sige. Ok.”

“Conversation between Gary (V. Garcillano) and believed to be Code 1 (Pres. Gloria Macapagal-
Arroyo) on 07 19:17 June ’04
GMA: Hello, ano nahanap na ninyo?
Garcillano: Ma’am?
GMA: Ano nahanap na ninyo iyong sa Tipo-tipo?
Garcillano: Tipo-tipo, hindi pa. Ang inaano nila ngayon kaya nga…(line cut)”

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“As you recall, the election canvassing process was unnecessarily slow even after the election results were already in and the votes had been counted. I was anxious to protect my votes and during that time had conversations with many people, including a Comelec official.”

note that gloria didn’t admit using a phone when she talked with that comelec official…talk about foresight…gloria and the gang thinks far, far ahead…

garci not owning up to his voice, gloria not owning up to her voice, wiretap recordings are illegal…so, what have you? no one uttered the conversations above!

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off-topic, alecks:

“Conversation between two unidentified male (one believed to be V. Garcillano) on 17 17:28 hotel May 2004
Garcillano: Hello.
Man: Hello sir, good afternoon. Kamusta na ho sir? Kamusta na ho lagay natin?
Garcillano: Mabuti naman. Paki-tape mo nga ngayon para makasiguro tayo kasi ayaw ko yung baka mamaya tayo pa ang malanti eh.”

who was that man talking with garci? an able hand of gov. dy? why garci’s instruction to record the conversation (lest they be “malintikan?”)? in that particular conversation, the man talks of giving a “gift” to garci and asks when garci will be available for the “handoff.” at the end, the man said, “o, sige sir, naka-monitor ho ako…”

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thepublicthing

December 7th, 2005 at 6:56 am

koj,

we will listen to him and his story, but perhaps it will be the last show for him and those who protect him, the people will decide and not the government…

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Toro

December 7th, 2005 at 7:31 am

IPER official Ramon Casiple notices how the police, the House security, and the Executive treated Garcilano like a star, “complete with a supporting cast and hawi boys,” instead of immediately running after him when a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Strange that Casiple failed to notice that from the start particularly the half-hearted efforts to locate Garci. How could he fail to notice that while the Opposition was vehemently outraged by Gloria talking to Garci they were completely silent about some others who were caught on the tape, among them ex-Senator Barbers who was clearly trying to work out a deal with Garci. FG was also there but not so much a peep about him from the Opposition. Why only Gloria?

Now that Garci has began to spill the beans and reveals the names of the Opposition who also called him, it has become clear that the
Opposition wanted to avoid being incriminated too by not incriminating the senators and congressmen who are as guilty as Gloria for calling Garci.

To think that Escudero and Peter Cayetano nearly broke their spleens in fury claiming it was unethical to make those calls! What hypocrisy. Parepareho din pa lang mga walanghiya.

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tongue in, anew

December 7th, 2005 at 8:06 am

It’s nice to be back! hehehe! Easy lang kayo. Lahat ng walanghiya parusahan kung nagkasala.

As regards Baycas’ post, mukhang may alam si Garci kung sino ang nag-tape at nagbibigay pa ng instruction na i-record ha? I remember someone said in this blog that Bong Pineda had a hand in the wiretap to blackmail Arroyo into leaving his jueteng operations alone. Now we know that the guy in black who met Garci alighting from the dinghy guarded by AK47-weilding men is a Bong Pineda henchman.

Mukhang may credence itong angle na ito.

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tongue in, anew

December 7th, 2005 at 8:12 am

Wait, naghamon pala ng lie-detector test yung abogado ni Garci na ideny ng opposition na tumawag sila kay Garci. Latest I heard, payag si Escudero at Cayetano kung side by side silang apat nila Gloria at Garci, aber?

Palagay ko mababali ang karayom pag si Gloira na ang tatanungin, hahaha!

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jester-in-exile

December 7th, 2005 at 8:34 am

toro,

i don’t doubt that there were members of the opposition who called garcillano up. venal as the guy seems, i doubt if he’d pass up cash or favors from whoever.

however, “Now that Garci has began to spill the beans and reveals the names of the Opposition who also called him, it has become clear that the Opposition wanted to avoid being incriminated too by not incriminating the senators and congressmen who are as guilty as Gloria for calling Garci.”

i don’t think garcillano’s named names can be readily believed without some sort of proof. GMA was caught on tape; that’s why we know they spoke over the phone. if the full 9-hr tape comes out and none of the named names’ voices are on it, how can garcillano credibly implicate them?

nonetheless, a plague on all their houses.

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jester-in-exile

December 7th, 2005 at 8:40 am

tongue in, anew,

“Palagay ko mababali ang karayom pag si Gloira na ang tatanungin, hahaha!”

humiram na lang kaya ng seismograph sa phivolcs para di sila makasira ng gamit ng nbi hehe

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naykika

December 7th, 2005 at 9:36 am

little tired here but can’t pass on this one.

Seem that everyone already resigned that nobody going to tell the truth. Some politicians already denied, before they are named, and some of them already started intimidating others . Another circus you say? No.

My suggestion:

Since nobody going to tell the truth anyways, why don’t we just conduct and Independent Judicial Inquiry, with the mandate to determine and find (dig in) out what really went on with the goals of:

1. determine the truth from the evidence and testimonies of all witnesses. (an unbiased arbiter can determine the truth even from all the lies).

2. recommend legislative safeguard the same would not happen in the future.

This is only possible if we can guaranty a blameless inquiry. I think it is better than the one going on that more of a circus that causes more splits in our society and resove nothing. that’s just my opinion..

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koj

December 7th, 2005 at 10:19 am

naykika,

your suggestion is desirable, however its difficult to do due to the following circumstances:

1. at present, only those who refused to participate in this circle are the only ones who are independent and impartial (having said nothing), with almost everybody, already providing their one peso comment in the issues at hand.

2. there’s already a people’s court called CCTA in which some people label as kangaroo court since they set it up themselves and whose ‘judges’ and witnesses are all calling for the resignation of GMA.

3. the people crave the circus and allot time to dwell and debate on it.

the last remaining options basically are to ignore and let it die a natural death or employ the method used before by an african country, by lining the politicians, burn each tongue, and measure the truthfullness by the degree of burn suffered or maybe just shoot them all, ang hindi tamaan truthful.

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MitaMS

December 7th, 2005 at 1:57 pm

koj,
thank you for that information. so i’m assuming its congress that issued the arrest warrant…mmm..

naykika,
great suggestion. but i sometimes get the feeling the game is all about “every man for himself”. if they don’t stand to gain anything, they will not move.

you really have to wonder why the judiciary is not doing anything since so many laws were broken since this whole fiasco began. that’s the root of all our problems – people getting away with illegal or immoral acts. even in our everyday lives, we see it everywhere.

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Chabeli

December 8th, 2005 at 1:55 am

Koj, good point you made.

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