Pedro Sumayo, who burned the cassette tapes containing the alleged wiretapped recording of the conversation between poll operator Virgilio Garcillano and then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, received P900,000 from a mysterious person, identified only as "BB."
revealed this during yesterday's resumption of the Senate investigation into the 2004 widespread poll cheating.
, however, clarified, that he
did not spend the money which was supposed to be P1 million.
got the money when he
asked for help from a certain Lt.Col.
mil Zosa when he
was relieved from his
post last August when it came out in the news that he
had an alleged participation in the "Hello Garci" scandal.
Sumayo was chief of the technical surveillance unit also known as MIG 21 under the Intelligence Service of the AFP (Isafp) during the 2004 elections.
sworn affidavit, he
said that sometime in May or June 2004, one of his
idal Doble, handed him a cassette tape.
"When I played and listened to it, I eventually heard a voice similar to then President Arroyo talking to a person she
named Garci," Sumayo
"After hearing a short portion of the said recording, I immediately reported the matter to then Lt.Col.
llen Capuyan, chief of the operations and intelligence division of the Isafp
ordered me to destroy and burn the said recording to which I complied," he
added:"I would like to categorically state that I did not order Sgt.Doble or any individual to tap the telephones of the personalities mentioned in the said tape.
Furthermore, I have no knowledge on how the number of the persons referred to by the former President as Garci was programmed into our system that enabled it to intercept and record all the calls made to it."
Sen.Panfilo Lacson, on the other hand, was wondering why Sumayo broke the chain of command and went directly to Capuyan instead of reporting the matter immediately to Col.Tirso Danga, which was then the chief of Isafp.
did not even reprimand Doble for making a copy of the controversial "Hello Garci" tape.
"I found it very unusual.
Dapat hinawakan mo muna si Sgt.
Doble and institute disciplinary action against the unauthorized activity," Lacson said.
explained that Doble is "not competent" to conduct wiretapping activities since he
is merely a line man.
was relieved last August, he
approached Zosa, an Isafp
unit commander, to ask for some help to which the latter allegedly replied in the positive.
I never heard of him after that meeting to the point that I thought that he
was never interested in helping in the first place.
However, to my great surprise, after one month I received a call from him (Zosa) telling me that 'Sir, meron ka dito," Sumayo
"I was not able to reply immediately until I received a short message saying,'Oh, may item akong pinadala na pinabawasan ng isang tali' from cellular phone number 09178232013.
I replied by asking the identity of the person but he
merely answered back that he
was 'BB," he
Pedro Sumayo, who burned the cassette tapes containing the alleged wiretapped recording of the conversation between poll operator Virgilio Garcillano and then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, received P900,000 from a mysterious person, identified only as "BB.
revealed this during yesterday's resumption of the Senate investigation into the... Read more