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PIA Press Release
2010/12/09

PNoy vows to pursue cases vs ex officials in previous administration before his 6-year term ends

Tacloban City (December 9) -- President Benigno S. Aquino III vowed that he would pursue cases involving officials in the previous administration before his six-year term ends.

The Truth Commission is not focused on a single person only, President Aquino said in the Filipino language, as he addressed the whole nation in a televised press conference at Malacanang Palace before 7:00 o'clock in the evening of December 8.

"Hindi nakatutok ang Truth Commission sa iisang tao lamang," Aquino said in a statement he read during the press conference.

The President disclosed that he received the decision at exactly 5:47 on Wednesday and admitted he needed more time to study the documents together with his legal consultants.

It would be recalled that on Tuesday the Supreme Court, ruled out that the Truth Commission was unconstitutional because it targeted one person, among other reasons.

In the same speech, though he repeatedly did not single out Arroyo, the President cited cases linked to her administration like the "Hello Garci scandal", "NBN-ZTE deal" and the "fertilizer scam," which he said is like a movie series with parts 1, 2 and 3.

Though not naming an actual case, President Aquino also cited a midnight deal that originally cost the government P981 million but because his administration was able to intervene and made revisions on time, the budget was reduced to P600 million.

President Aquino emphasized the Truth Commission would give former President Arroyo and others allegedly involved in the said scams the chance to clear their names.

"Am trying to be neutral about it [high court decision] but let's start on what actually happened on the cases involved," Aquino said.

He added his office would file for a motion for reconsideration regarding the Truth Commission. (PIA 8) [top]

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