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Give truth body a chance, critics told By Mario J. Mallari 07/30/2010

Friday, July 30, 2010

Give truth body a chance, critics told


By Mario J. Mallari
07/30/2010
Only those who have something to hide will not cooperate with the yet to be formed “Truth Commission,” Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said yesterday even as she doused fears the body would be used for a political witchhunt.
At a press briefing, De Lima, asked to comment on what some critics say would be a “toothless” body to go after graft and corruption, said the proposed agency would nevertheless be formed through a presidential decree instead of a law.

“Passing a law (to put up a commission) would take time,” De Lima explained, saying the truth agency “would have compulsory powers to compel witnesses to appear.” 

“I foresee that only potential respondents would not appear (before it),” she said.

She said the Aquino administration is still studying how to go about penalizing those who ignore its subpoena.
“Let us remember that this proposed Truth Commission is a fact-finding body and its powers would be merely recommendatory. It will not be a body that would adjudge people as guilty or not. What’s important is information and evidence are collected,” she stressed..... MORE

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