Lawmakers to Ombudsman: Garci should be charged
PARTYLIST Reps. Teddy Casiño and Neri Colmenares today filed their reply to the counter-affidavit of former COMELEC Commissioner Virgilio “Garci” Garcillano, reiterating that the former official should be charged with 1.) Perjury; 2.) Falsification of public document; 3.) Using a fake passport and; 4.) Violation of Section 4 (c) of RA 6713, which states that public officials should act with justness and sincerity.
All the charges stemmed from the testimony of Garcillano on the Joint Committee Congress inquiry on the Hello Garci scandal when he said that he never left for Singapore when the scandal was exposed to the public.
“This is again part of our campaign to hold corrupt government officials accountable for their crimes against the Filipino people and we will find ways to get them behind bars. What is important here is that they should not get away from any of their crimes. Garci for one has stolen the votes of our people and he should pay for that. Maaaring maliit na kaso ang mga isinampa namin sa ngayon pero kung ito ang maglalagay sa kanya sa kulungan at para di na makapagtago pa e, so be it,” said Casiño.
As for his part Rep. Colmenares said that “some lawyers call what we are doing as the Al Capone tactic of using minor or other cases to catch big criminals, if it worked against Al Capone then it may also work for local crooks here,”
“We just hope that this will jump start the search and arrest not just of Garci but other unscrupulous individuals who profited from the Macapagal-Arroyo regime,” Casiño said.