ISAFP officers name 'Hello Garci' spymasters

by Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 16 2011 12:00 AM | Updated as of Dec 16 2011 06:24 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Two military intelligence officers told senators in a closed-door meeting on Thursday who ordered them to wiretap the phones of several officials, including former President Gloria Arroyo and poll commissioner Virgilio Garcillano, during the 2004 elections.

Senator Francis Escudero said Lt. Col. Emil Zosa and retired Lt. Col. Allen Capuyan of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) also disclosed details on the source of the funding for the wiretapping operation.

Zosa and Capuyan reportedly named 2 to 3 active and former military officials behind the wiretapping.

The testimonies were made in an executive session requested by Zosa and Capuyan during the resumption of the Senate Blue Ribbon committee's probe into alleged fraud during the 2004 and 2007 elections.

Escudero did not give more details because testimonies in executive sessions are confidential.

The senator said he was not satisfied with the testimonies of Zosa and Capuyan, and wants to invite them to a public hearing.

"Ramdam naming lahat na marami pa rin silang pinipigilang sabihin at itago," he said.

Former ISAFP technical surveillance chief Lt. Col. Pedro Sumayo tagged Capuyan in a previous hearing as the person who ordered the wiretapping.

One of the wiretaps contains the conversation of 2 people believed to be Arroyo and Garcillano.

Arroyo allegedly ordered the poll official to manipulate election results in her favor.

This came out in 2005 as the "Hello, Garci" recordings, spurring calls for Arroyo's resignation.

Arroyo and Garcillano have denied cheating in the 2004 polls.