Sans Truth Commission, gov’t still investigating anomalies

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 07 2011 06:35 PM | Updated as of Apr 08 2011 02:35 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Whatever happened to the much ballyhooed Truth Commission?

Pending the resolution on the legality of the Truth Commission, Cabinet departments are conducting separate investigations on "landmines" or anomalies that happened during the previous administration, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.

In a press conference, Lacierda told reporters “we are still collating and gathering the evidence. Once we have that, we will do so and file necessary cases.”

The operation of the Truth Commission was halted following a petition that was filed before the Supreme Court.

The opposition group, led by House of Representatives Minority Leader Edcel Lagman, questioned the commission for supposedly usurping the powers of Congress.

The commission, trumpeted by the Aquino administration since its first day in power, was created to check the anomalies during the 9-year stint of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

When asked if the administration is already building up a case specifically against Arroyo, Lacierda merely said “no.”

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed a P73.85-million tax evasion case against Ang Galing Party-list Rep. Juan Miguel Arroyo and his wife Angela this morning.