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EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE/DISSENTING OPINION
3/29/2008 8:20:15 AM

Romulo Neri, petitioner

Petitioner categorically admits that his discussions with the President “dwelt on the impact of bribery scandal involving high Government officials.” Petitioner’s discussions with the President dealt not on simple bribery, but on scandalous bribery involving high Government officials of the Philippines.

In a letter dated 29 November 2007 to the Chairs of the [Senate] Committees, petitioner’s counsel declared: His conversations with the President dealt with delicate and sensitive national security and diplomatic matters relating to the impact of bribery scandal involving high Government officials and the possible loss of confidence of foreign investors and lenders in the Philippines. x x x

Petitioner admits, and there can be no dispute about this admission, that his discussions with the President dwelt on a bribery scandal involving high Government officials of the Philippines.

Executive privilege can never be used to hide a crime or wrongdoing, even if committed by high government officials. Executive privilege applies only to protect official acts and functions of the President, never to conceal illegal acts by anyone, not even those of the President.

Public office is a public trust and not a shield to cover up wrongdoing.



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