“Come out in the open”.
Malacanang yesterday dared former Commission on Elections Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano to emulate former Comelec official Lintang Bedol and come out, saying the noose is tightening on the perpetrators of the electoral fraud in 2004 and 2007 including former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Several senators, notably Sen. Panfilo Lacson, believe that Garcillano is the “missing piece” in the jigsaw puzzle.
Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda also told Arroyo’s counsel Raul Lambino to shut up if he can’t prove his allegations that the Palace has struck a deal with former governor Zaldy Ampatuan.
“[Lawyer Raul Lambino] only talks if his principal is already affected. We already know that the noose is tightening, that’s why he’s trying to misdirect [the issue].”
Lambino also alleged that Malacañang had a deal with Bedol, who recently surfaced to support Ampatuan’s claims that Arroyo planned the massive cheating in the 2004 and 2007 elections.
The Comelec will start investigating today three new witnesses to the poll cheating.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo said aside from Bedol, three others – Saliao Amba, Magsaysay Muhamad and Salonga Edzela Tamontaka — executed their affidavits.
Robredo said other witnesses may also come out to reveal what they knew of the poll fraud.