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Chief of the Operations and Intelligence Division
Executive Officer of Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence
Chief of the Technical Surveillance Unit
Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines
Adopted Member of the Class
Philippine Military Academy
Pedro Sumayo said he does not know until now why he was given the money by Lt.
Col. Emil Zosa, ISAFP unit commander, either in late October or early last month - a month after he sought the help of the latter because he was relieved of his duties. Sumayo said Col. Zosa gave him a green plastic bag at the compound of the ISAFP. When he arrived home and opened the green plastic bag, he was surprised to see nine bundles of one thousand peso bills. The money was still intact and in its original packaging when Sumayo turned it over to the Senate. Sumayo also told the Senate that he was relieved of his duties as ISAFP executive officer after the August edition of news magazine "Newsbreak" exposed his alleged involvement in the controversial "Hello Garci," taped conversation, which was actually a copy of the wire-tapped tape recording that he burned in June 2004 based on the instructions of Lt. Col. Allen Capuyan, chief of the operations and intelligence division of the ISAFP. The two tapes and transcripts were surrendered to him by Sgt. Col. Capuyan saying that he and Mr. Ruben C. Reyes went around the country during the 2004 presidential elections,'' Sumayo said in an affidavit submitted to the Senate. During the hearing, Sumayo revealed that ISAFP officers gravitated toward Ruben Reyes, allegedly a power broker and a patron of military officers, who could get an AFP officer promoted or given choice assignment because of his connections to the Office of the President. Pimentel described Sumayo as an "honest military officer." In the same hearing, Sumayo said that sometime in May or June, 2004, Doble approached him and gave him a cassette tape. After hearing a short portion of the tape recording, Sumayo claimed that he reported the matter to Capuyan who ordered him to destroy it. Reyes, according to Sumayo, was an adopted member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1983.
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."
Sumayo revealed this during yesterday's resumption of the Senate investigation into the 2004 widespread poll cheating. He, however, clarified, that he did not spend the money which was supposed to be P1 million. He 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. In his sworn affidavit, he said that sometime in May or June 2004, one of his men, Sgt. 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 said. "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 and he ordered me to destroy and burn the said recording to which I complied," he said. Sumayo 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. He 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. Sumayo explained that Doble is "not competent" to conduct wiretapping activities since he is merely a line man. When he 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 said. "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 said. 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. Sumayo revealed this during yesterday's resumption of the Senate investigation into the... Read more
Pedro Sumayo, former chief of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) technical surveillance unit or MIG 21, identified Reyes as "close to the First Family," meaning the Arroyos.
Sumayo described Reyes as a "power broker and patron of military men who need a connection to Malacañang. Sumayo said he was not present during the ISAFP briefing in Reyes' home but admitted that it was unusual. Destroying the Garci tapes During the hearing, Sumayo said he first got wind of the "Hello, Garci" tapes when Air Force TSgt. Sumayo denied ordering the wiretapping of the conversations of Garcillano or the former president, saying that MIG-21 only targeted terrorists, kidnappers and destabilizers. Sumayo said he is now on floating status after he was relieved as executive officer of AFP's deputy chief of staff for intelligence (J-2). This was after a Newsbreak article questioned his return to the intelligence community after being linked to the "Hello, Garci" scam. He said that after his relief, he approached a certain Colonel Sosa if he knew anyone who could help in his predicament. He then received a text from someone identifying himself as "BB" or Big Brother, saying that he was to receive an item from Sosa. Sumayo said Big Brother is their nickname for Capuyan. Sosa later gave Sumayo P900,000 in cash, which he said came from Capuyan. Sumayo said he did not touch the money since it was not the help he was asking for. "I was relieved from J-2. My expectation was this investigation and then here comes this money. I thought it would be unwise for me to [accept]...," he said. He denied, however, that the money was meant to silence him, saying that there was no news yet of a Senate investigation on the "Garci" tapes when he received the money last October. Pedro to shut hi mouth and back-off from this case as a principal witness.