Friday, July 01, 2005

Wiretap FAQ

Posted by Alecks Pabico 

AS we have pointed out, last Monday's televised message of Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo failed to address a lot of issues and only raised more questions. While she admitted that she "had conversations with many people, including a Comelec official" and that the phone call was a "lapse in judgment," Pres. Arroyo neither confirmed nor denied:

  • that she had a conversation with then Comelec Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano;
  • that the conversation was taped and/or wiretapped; and
  • that she either authorized or did not authorize the recording/wiretapping.
To better appreciate and hopefully address the legal issues revolving around the "Gloria-Garci" tapes, the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) has released a 15-page document containing Frequently Asked Questions on the Anti-Wiretapping Law and related issues .