Charges vs Doble May Yet Bring Out Truth in Garci Mess

The government’s charges against former military spy Vidal Doble Jr. may yet turn out to be the forum where the truth behind the “Hello Garci” wiretapping mess may emerge, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said Thursday. 

Lacson said that unlike the Senate, the courts are not likely to allow Malacañang to invoke Executive Order 464, which gags officials under the executive department from testifying at a congressional investigation.

“I’m absolutely sure the court will not allow the invocation of EO 464. While the Senate continues to fail to get to the bottom of the ‘Hello Garci’ controversy, I hope the court will,” he said.

On Wednesday, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed wiretapping charges against Doble, who resurfaced after two years and testified before the Senate the details of the military’s “Operation Lighthouse.”

Lacson said he wants the case against Doble filed in court immediately so Doble’s former superiors in the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) cannot hide behind EO 464.

“Given a choice, I would prefer that the case be filed in court immediately so subpoenas will be issued to Tirso Danga and the rest of the ISAFP personnel and others who were involved in the wiretapping of Garci’s cell phone,” he said.