Palace to seek reconsideration of SC decision on Truth Commission

Malacanang on Tuesday said it would seek reconsideration of the Supreme Court decision
declaring as unconstitutional Executive Order No. 1, which creates the Truth Commission,
pointing out that the verdict will set back efforts for reforms and accountability in government.

In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda described the decision as
unfortunate, saying it will set back the reforms the Aquino administration has implemented in
pinpointing the accountability of the previous administration. “We will not be stymied by these
decisions.”

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa meanwhile said that while a motion for reconsideration
will be filed, “we will explore other options within the bounds of the law to investigate, try and
punish those who have used and abused their positions to enrich themselves in office.”

Lacierda said the government will do whatever is appropriate under the circumstances.

On the status of the Commission, Lacierda said as an independent entity, its chairman,
former Chief Justice Hilario Davide was supposed to be one of those drafting the rules.
(PCOO)

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