Truth body will not be selective, says Palace

July 9, 2010 9:41 pm 

MANILA, July 9 — The Truth Commission to be set up by President Benigno S. Aquino III will not be selective in its pursuit of rectifying and putting closure to past government controversies, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Friday.

“Now that we have a new a government, this administration promises to prosecute and put closure to all past controversies,” he said. “The Truth Commission has been set up not only for the fertilizer fund scam but also for all other controversies surrounding the Arroyo administration.”

According to Lacierda, the mandate of the commission is to gather all evidence based on testimonies and documents.

Lacierda said that where there is a strong case, former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr., who has been tapped to head the probe body, will recommend the appropriate action to the Ombudsman.

“There is no prejudging here. We’re just stating this as a matter of procedure,” Lacierda said.

The presidential memorandum order creating the commission is now being awaited, Lacierda said, adding that Davide will set up the parameters of the commission’s mandate in consultation with the President.

In his own press briefing last Wednesday, President Aquino stated that his administration is not poised to impose limits on the investigations to be conducted by Davide. (PNA) scs/OPS/ssc

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