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Unas testimony weakens gov’t case vs GMA — lawyers By Charlie V. Manalo 06/16/2012

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Unas testimony weakens gov’t case vs GMA — lawyers

By Charlie V. Manalo 06/16/2012
Presenting former Maguinadano Provincial Administrator Norie Unas as prosecution witness at the hearing for the petition of former President now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo for bail in connection with the electoral sabotage case filed against her by the joint Department of Justice-Commission on Elections (DoJ-Comelec) may turn out to be the Aquino government’s biggest mistake in its all-out effort to pin down the former leader.

Unas, under cross-examination by lawyer Sigfried Fortun, admitted that the 12-0 for Team Unity he alleged Arroyo had instructed a former Maguindanao governor as an order to cheat and even change the vote, finally cracked, as he admitted that the 12-0 claim may just have been a battlecry, as he also admitted that this same 12-0 spiel was mouthed by many during the Palace party function.

This was the assessment aired by the camp of Mrs. Arroyo, saying that instead of bolstering the government case against Arroyo, Unas, in his testimony, only weakened the government position after the former Maguinadanao official admitted he was only forced to testify against the former President for fear of being implicated in the very case he is testifying and two other cases, the Maguindano Massacre and the Chainsaw Murder..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120616hea3.html


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