Former Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) should spill the beans on the 2004 election fraud, a House leader said on Wednesday.
“Garcillano has long evaded justice and the question of who were involved in that fraudulent election that led to the victory of former President Gloria Arroyo over Fernando Poe Jr. We call on Garcillano to tell all now that he risks years of imprisonment and expose those who manipulated the election results,” Colmenares, one of those who filed complaints against the former Comelec official, said.
He made the statement a day after Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales approved the filing of perjury charges against Garcillano for lying under oath during a congressional inquiry and using a fake passport.
“We are glad that the Ombudsman finally resolved our complaint against Garcillano on the issue of electoral fraud in the 2004 elections. Since it was difficult to pin him down on electoral fraud due to the cover up in the previous administration, we tried to prosecute him, Al Capone style, through perjury and falsification of his passport,” Colmenares said.
The Ombudsman found out that Garcillano lied when he claimed that he did not leave the country at the height of the “Hello, Garci” scandal. A note verbale issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore dated August 31, 2005 showed that Garcillano went to Singapore on July 14, 2005.