[Blueboard] Timeline of Events Regarding Gloriagate, Juetenggate
Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan
slb at admu.edu.ph
Thu Jul 28 14:16:00 PHT 2005
28 July 2005
Dear SLB friends,
Many have asked for some sort of a timeline of recent events related to
the crisis our nation is in. Here's what we have compiled. Hope this
helps. God bless us all.
*_Timeline of Events Regarding Gloriagate, Juetenggate_*
(sources: abs-cbnnews.com, newsbreak, simbahang lingkod ng bayan)
*May 30* - Philippine senators open hearings into opposition allegations
that Arroyo's husband and other relatives took payoffs from gambling
syndicates. Archbishop Oscar V Cruz presents self-confessed jueteng lord
Wilfredo "Boy" Mayor to the Senate. Mayor accuses presidential son Mikey
Arroyo of collecting jueteng money.
*June 4* - Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye tells the media the opposition
is plotting to release an audio recording of conversations between
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Elections Commissioner Virgilio
*June 6* - Media air allegations that Arroyo pressured nation's election
commissioner during tight 2004 presidential vote count, cite audio tape
of purported phone call.
- Bunye plays two conversation recordings to Palace
reporters, acknowledging that one of the voices belongs to the President.
- Richard Garcia, a self-confessed jueteng bagman,
corroborates Mayor's testimony in the Senate.
*June 7* - Opposition lawyer Alan Paguia releases a shortened version of
the three-hour conversations purportedly between the President,
Garcillano, and First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo, among others.
- Garcillano denies that it is his voice on the tape.
*June 8* - Malacañang relieves Brig Gen Marlu Quevedo, chief of the
Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP),
after the ISAFP comes under suspicion in the wiretapping scandal. (But
he still continues to hold the post.)
- Rep Ignacio "Iggy" Arroyo's aide, Edgardo Ruado, claims
the "Gary" in the recording sounds like him.
*June 9* - Bunye withdraws earlier statement that it's the President's
voice in the recording
- Sandra Cam appears in the Senate, saying she personally
delivered jueteng money to President Arroyo's son Rep Mikey Arroyo and
brother-in-law Rep Ignacio "Iggy" Arroyo.
*June 10* - Samuel Ong, former deputy director of the National Bureau of
Investigation (NBI), comes out with the "mother of all tapes," pointing
to ISAFP as the source. He takes sanctuary at the San Carlos Seminary.
- Sen Panfilo Lacson says an Australian voice
identification firm has certified the recordings as authentic.
*June 11* - Susan Roces visits Ong in the San Carlos Seminary
*June 13* - ISAFP agent T/Sgt Vidal doble's wife says Ong was detaining
her husband in the seminary. Ong tells the media Doble gave him the
recordings then leaves the seminary.
*June 14* - Sen Francisco Tatad claims a US firm has confirmed Arroyo's
voice in the recording.
*June 15* - NBI files sedition charges against Ong.
*June 16* - Sen Franklin Drilon calls for the President to break her
silence on the voice recordings.
*June 17 - *Doble says that, according to Ong, President Estrada's
mistress, Laarni Enriquez, was the source of the PhP2 million that Ong
gave to him.
*June 21* - Lawmakers open probe into allegations that Arroyo tried to
sway 2004 election result, veracity of audio tape.
*June 22* - Vice President Noli de Castro meets with former President
Joseph Ejercito Estrada.
*June 27 - *PGMA's unprecedented act of public contrition, aired
nationwide on television in which she admitted that it was she who was
talking in wiretapped phone conversations with a high COMELEC official.
*June 28 - **PCIJ reports on Cabinet Doves*
*June 29* - Arroyo says her scandal-prone husband has agreed to leave
- Susan Roces condemns the President for stealing the
*June 30* - House of Representatives plays Alan Paguia's tape.
- Former President Corazon Aquino rejects the option of
another "People Power"
*July 1 -* Supreme Court grants the petition of some opposition figures
for a temporary injunction stopping the implementation of Republic Act
9337 (the Expanded Value Added Tax [EVAT]), which had been signed into
law on 24 May 2005 and whose implementing rules and regulations were
released on 27 June 2005.
*- **Opposition leads a rally on **Ayala Avenue** in **Makati***
*- SWS Metro **Manila** survey shows majority believe PGMA told COMELEC
official to cheat.*
*July 4* - Legal threats to Arroyo's economic reforms including key tax
package hit peso and stocks.
*July 6 - *Former President Corazon C. Aquino and four bishops visit
PGMA in Malacañang and urge her to resign
*July 7 - *PGMA makes an important public announcement
- she says she is not resigning
- she announces a Cabinet revamp
- Vice President de Castro cuts short overseas holiday after
Arroyo summons him to meeting.
*July 8* - Sacked ministers call on Arroyo to quit.
- Manila is put on highest alert level, army and police say.
- Army says it will not intervene in political crisis.
- Former President Corazon C. Aquino calls on PGMA to resign
- Makati Business Club calls on PGMA to resign
- Liberal Party asks PGMA to resign
- Former President Fidel V. Ramos visits Malacañan and
manifests support for PGMA
*July 9 -* The Association of Major Religious Superiors in the
Philippines (AMRSP) issues a call for PGMA to resign
*July 10 - *The Catholic Bishops´ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)
issues a statement ("Restoring Trust: A Plea for Moral Values in
Philippine Politics"), which takes off from moral principles and a clear
statement on the socio-pastoral role of the Church, and on this basis
does not demand that PGMA resign, but in effect calls her to
accountability and recognizes the compatibility with the Gospel of such
means of accountability as nonviolent appeals for her resignation, the
demand for a Truth Commission, and the filing of an impeachment case.
*July 12* - International rating agencies Standard & Poor's and Fitch
Ratings said separately that their outlook downgrade of the Philippines
reflected prevailing political uncertainty. Both Fitch and S&P
reportedly cited the suspension of the EVAT law implementation and
political uncertainty as basis for their downgrades.
- SC gives former Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima 5 days to
present counter-reasons on why he should not be charged with contempt of
- Opposition lawmakers on Tuesday said they will revise an
existing impeachment complaint filed by lawyer Oliver Lozano instead of
filing a separate impeachment charge at the House of Representatives.
San Juan Rep. Ronaldo Zamora said opposition congressmen are also eyeing
taking control of the impeachment complaint after it was endorsed by
Alagad party-list Rep. Rodante Marcoleta."
*July 13* - 30,000 to 35,000 according to PNP, 40,000 according to
Inquirer, 70,000 according to Rep. Paras joined the rally in Makati.
seeking PGMA's and VP Noli de Castro's resignation
*July 14* - Gov Chavit Singson, released to media a CD containing
wiretapped conversations allegedly between former President Joseph
"Erap" Estrada and several other persons, including former AFP Chief of
Staff Gen Joselin Nazareno. Plans to assassinate "pandak" (believed to
be PGMA) and "tanda" (could either be FVR or Gen Abat) could also be
heard from the tape.
*July 18 - *Purisima apologizes to SC. In a four-page statement, he
denied that he hinted Malacañang had a hand in pressuring the Supreme
Court to suspend the unpopular EVAT
*July 19 *- Pulse Asia releases latest survey showing that 8 out of 10
Filipinos want PGMA out.
- President Arroyo on Tuesday repeated that she won't step
down and announced the creation of a Truth Commission to look into
vote-rigging allegations against her.
*July 21 - *Impeachment complaint filed vs VP De Castro by lawyer Elly
Velez Lao Pamatong, saying the VP committed betrayal of public trust and
culpable violation of the Constitution when he failed to fix a community
tax certificate to his certificate of candidacy during the last
elections and did not have it sworn before a notary public as required
- A group of young officers who nearly ousted President
Corazon Aquino in a 1989 coup attempt announced in a three-page
statement it was breaking a 10-year-old peace agreement to try and bring
down President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and save the country.
*July 22* - Sen Ping Lacson holds "true state of the nation address" or
TSONA at the Manila Hotel. He says that Mrs Arroyo personally supervised
the cheating in the last elections.
*July 25 *- PGMA delivers short State of the Nation Address (SONA). She
asks legislators to start the "great debate on Charter Change."
- Opposition lawmakers files an impeachment complaint
against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, accusing her of election
fraud and corruption, but failed to garner the 79 votes needed to
immediately send the case to the Senate for trial. Only 42 congressmen
- Biggest anti-Arroyo rally so far. Organizers say 80,000
came, police estimates the number at 35,000, Inquirer sees between
40,000 to 60,000.
*July 26 *- Impeachment complaint versus COMELEC commissioners by lawyer
Elly Velez Lao Pamatong and former Ilocos Sur Governor Antonio
Villanueva for alleged "culpable violation of the Constitution and
betrayal of public trust," when they were branded "nuisance candidates"
in the last presidential elections.
*July 27 - *Sandra Cam holds press conference and discloses that she has
information about a summoning of COMELEC regional directors before the
2004 elections to meet PGMA in a hotel, where they were also allegedly
given PhP 2 million each by Lilia Pineda, wife of suspected jueteng lord
Rodolfo "Bong" Pineda.
*July 28 *- Presidential Management Staff chief Rigoberto Tiglao said it
is inappropriate for the President to commit herself to any term cut
because of the legal ramifications.
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