“Be a hero.”
This was the statement issued today by former Brigadier General Danilo Lim to soldiers who can provide vital information on the allegations of election cheating in 2004, which dragged the name of former president and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Lim said now is the time for truth-tellers in the uniformed service to come out and fulfill their responsibilities to truth, justice and accountability.
“As the country observes its national heroes’ day, I ask all soldiers, junior and senior officers who have vital information on the 2004 election cheating to surface and become ‘truth heroes.’ Now is the time to step up and be counted,” Lim said.
Lim, who was imprisoned for leading a mutiny against the Arroyo government said the political climate has changed and is now conducive to truth-seekers and tellers.
“The tide has turned. They cannot intimidate the people anymore. Those who were previously untouchable are now cowering in the dark, hoping that the beacon of justice will pass them by. We will not give them that luxury. I hope those who have direct knowledge of their crimes will finally come out and help in putting just closure to this issue,” Lim said.
Lim also called for a fresh investigation of the 2004 election cheating.
“There should be a new investigation on this matter. As expected, the Mayuga report fell short of its mandate. Instead of digging for the truth, the declassified report only managed to bury the truth deeper into the ground. We need a fresh investigation and consequently, fresh and brave truth tellers,” Lim added.
Lim said an independent probe handled by the Department of Justice is adequate to do the job. However, he said the body should not have a military officer as a member to ensure that there is no whitewash.
Lim also said he is personally looking for witnesses within the military to help in the government investigation.
“I am looking for a few brave soldiers who can help us uncover the truth and dispense justice. I am optimistic. I look forward to meeting them soon,” Lim ended.