MANILA -- Senator Sergio Osmena III on Wednesday said the findings of the Truth Commission should not be subject to review like that of the Incident Investigation and Review Committee (IIRC) report.
He added President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III should treat the commission like an independent court and not submit its findings to scrutiny by his lawyers.
He said the hostage crisis that the IIRC investigated involved a lot of judgment calls, adding there was no set of rules to go by.
"Kunwari ako iyong negotiator. And I went there. And the kidnapper shot everybody. Anong sasabihin nila? ‘Serge, you failed.’ Theoretically, I failed in my job to make him surrender but it’s not my fault.”
The Truth Commission will have a different task and will not have to rely on judgment calls.
Formed to bring closure to issues like the "Hello, Garci" election scandal and the National Broadband Network deal that hounded the Arroyo administration, the body will focus on finding out what laws were broken and who broke them.
Senator Joker Arroyo on Tuesday said the review of the IIRC report did not bode well for the Truth Commission, which is headed by former Supreme Court justice Hilario Davide, adding that Malacanang might edit the commission's findings "for review by lesser legal minds."
Osmena reiterated that the Truth Commission's findings should not be tampered with. "After all, you’ve got the former highest judicial official of the land (on the commission)." (Jonathan de Santos/Sunnex)