HENRIETTA de Villa, chairperson of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), urged the Aquino government to speed up the re-opening of the investigation on the “Hello Garci” scandal.

Henrietta de Villa, chairperson of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), said there is renewed public interest to have a closure on the controversy allegedly involving former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

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“They gave the public the renewed hope for a closure on this matter and they should do it soon,” she said.

But she said that the government should not sacrifice speed with accuracy and firmness on the investigation since it would make it appear like a witch hunt and will not achieve its purpose.

With this, De Villa asked Rear Admiral Feliciano Angue to execute a sworn affidavit on the information he knows regarding the “Hello Garci” controversy.

The PPCRV official said giving a statement would be the best way to ensure that the other report done by military official would hold in a legal proceeding.

“If I were to be asked, executing a sworn affidavit would be the best advisable thing to do. This way he and his statement would be well-protected no matter what,” she explained.

Likewise, he said having a sworn affidavit would mean that he is serious in helping solve the alleged rigging of the 2004 presidential poll results.

On Monday, reports revealed that Angue’s statements in the Mayuga Commission were supposedly asked not be placed on the record making it useless in getting to the bottom of the issue.

Angue discloes last week the attempt to rig the results of the polls in Tawi-Tawi, where he was then commander of the Navy’s Task Force 62 and that this can be confirmed in the records of the Mayuga panel.

Officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have called on military personnel to testify before the Truth Commission. (FP/Sunnex)