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Provide details before summoning witnesses, Palace tells HK gov’t 12/21/2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Provide details before summoning witnesses, Palace tells HK gov’t

Malacañang yesterday stood by its position with respect to the Hong Kong government’s bid to summon 116 Filipino witnesses for the public inquest it is planning to hold in connection with the August 23 Manila bus tragedy even as it angered one survivor from that incident.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda upheld the statement issued by his deputy, Abigail Valte, last Saturday that Hong Kong authorities have to apprise the Philippines with concrete details first before it can allow Filipinos to testify in their proceedings.

Lacierda explained that this position by the government does not necessarily imply that it is wavering on its previous promise to cooperate with its Hong Kong counterpart on its own quest for justice to be served on eight of its nationals who figured in the tragic incident.

“The summons was coursed through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) — whether we are cooperating or not, of course, we are going to cooperate within the framework of international mutual legal assistance. How will that be? The concern is what are the details on this summons? There are certain details that we need to discuss. There are certain requirements that we’d like to also know. But when asked if we’re going to cooperate, certainly we will cooperate with the Hong Kong authorities. But, again, the devil is in the details — we have to carefully study the details on the summons and what do they want,” Lacierda explained..... MORE

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