March 30, 2006 · Posted in: Charter Change, In the News

Hauling at the Horizon?

A SERIES of text messages forwarded to various news organizations yesterday sent reporters rushing to the Edsa Horizon Hotel (formerly the Byron Hotel) along Edsa in Mandaluyong. They had been told that mysterious boxes were being hauled into the hotel and delivered to a room (or rooms) in the 5th floor and contained signed forms that were needed for a people’s initiative to amend the constitution.

Sources who passed by the hotel yesterday said they saw a man in a barong with a logo of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) over his breastpocket pacing the lobby like a typical aide of a top government executive. Moments later, Director Rolando Acosta, head of the DILG’s Bureau of Local Government Supervision arrived.

Hotel staff refused to give out any information to reporters, who had apparently also scared off the DILG bodyguard. But sources say the presence of newsmen was enough to rattle those involved who were forced to stop whatever it was they were doing.

Acosta has admitted being at the Horizon yesterday, but denied allegations that his presence had anything to do with alleged secret operations to fill up boxes and boxes of signature forms. Acosta’s boss, DILG Secretary Ronaldo Puno likewise denied the existence of any such operations.

Today, however, ABS-CBN News has reported that a non-government group called Sigaw ng Bayan Movement for Charter Change has claimed it has collected 5.6 million signatures and was continuing its drive.

Last year, opposition lawmakers had alleged that political operators of the Arroyo administration had manufactured fake election returns after the 2004 elections, and that the hub of the operations was the 5th floor of the very same hotel.

2 Responses to Hauling at the Horizon?



April 3rd, 2006 at 12:53 am

Why were several men with DILG IDs observed by GMA-7’s Susan Enriquez in the hotel. The video even showed the elevator stopping on the 5th floor. And why were several vehicles with red plates seen parked at the hotel? May opisina ba ang gobyerno sa Horizon Hotel?

C’mon Mr. Acosta, I was not born yesterday. I know a balik-bayan box when I see one.


lokalokang matino

April 3rd, 2006 at 9:31 am

It’s obviiously,obvious. The denial of Puno did not erase anything.
Cover up has been one of the expertise of this administration. WHO BELIEVE THEM ANYWAY?

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