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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Pursue Truth Commission as a legal body, urges IBP-Iloilo

PIA Press Release
2010/12/08

Pursue Truth Commission as a legal body, urges IBP-Iloilo

Iloilo (8 December) -- Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Iloilo Chapter president Atty. Marvin Daquilanea said President Aquino should pursue the creation of the Truth Commission as a legal structure because it is his campaign promise.

"But he should see to it that this is created by law as a structure that is legal. This is not difficult for him, considering the popular support of the public for him as well as the majority of the legislature," Daquilanea said.

He added that he believed the members of the Judiciary have voted on sufficient grounds to declare the Truth commission as unconstitutional.

Daquilanea said the President, however, cannot withdraw from the creation as people tend to respect the intentions of the commission as long as this will consider equal protection and good for all people.

Meanwhile, Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, in a Malacanang dispatch, said the Supreme court decision "will set back the reforms the Aquino administration has implemented in pinpointing the accountability of the previous administration."

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, on the other hand, said government remains steadfast in its commitment to scrutinize the numerous allegations and accusations in its quest for truth. (PIA6/ESS)

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