MANILA -- The Philippine Truth Commission will get down to business despite the absence of Supreme Court (SC) ruling on its constitutionality and lack of budget.
During the commission’s first press conference Friday, its chairman retired Chief Justice Hilario Davide stressed that they will not wait for the SC to resolve their petition before starting do to their work.
“Imagine if we have to wait until the Supreme Court shall have resolved the case when will that be?” he asked.
“In the meantime the commission remains stagnant, so we decided to spend our time fruitfully by proceeding with our task pending the decision of the SC,” noted Davide.
The commission, tasked to investigate anomalies hounding the Arroyo administration, has about 23 tentative cases to look into.
Aside from Davide, also present in the press briefing were other members of the commission -- retired SC Justice Flerida Ruth Romero, retired SC Justice Romeo Callejo Sr., Ateneo Law Professors Carlos Medina Jr., and Menardo Guevarra.
Guevarra said some of the things the Truth body will do are laying the infrastructure and preparing organizational setup pending the SC decision.
He added they are trying to promulgate its rules and procedures for the public to know their purpose and aims.
The commission noted that their budget is still being deliberated thus they could not really hit the ground running at this point.
Callejo even said they even sourced the budget for their press conference from their own pocket.
Some of the priority cases of the commission are botched National Broadband Network-ZTE deal and Hello Garci scandal involving former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III created the Truth Commission keeping his promise to the public to ferret out the truth on anomalies of massive graft and corruption during his predecessor's reign. (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)