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The Truth Commission

July 30, 2010

The Aquino administration has come out with its first Executive Order, the edict establishing a five-member Truth Commission headed by controversial former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr.

Justice Secretary Leila De Lima and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Ed de Mesa briefed reporters on the focus of the body which will open its hearings to the public unless the probable respondents convincingly argue that these be held behind closed doors.

They said the Truth Commission could probe graft cases prior to 2001-2009.

Ten names have been submitted to the President for the 4 remaining slots.

But it’s been confirmed the retired Justice Jose Calleja has accepted becoming a member of the body.

We’re told the body has until 2012 to complete its truth seeking work within two years.

Now Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo knows full well that she’s in the Truth Commission’s cross hairs having lost her long treasured immunity from suit.

GMA aside, it surely will be a challenge for the Truth Commission’s work to be clearly defined from that of the Office of the Ombudsman whose pugnacious head, Atty. Merceditas Gutierrez is tenured till 2012.

With the political changed having shifted in the true public interest, Gutierrez has in recent days posing as independent and pro active given that an impeachment case hangs over her own coiffed head.

Filipinos will now need to be doubly watchful – of Gutierrez, and the Davide Truth Commission.

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