After shying away from the public's eye for years, controversial poll commissioner Virgilio Garcillano on Saturday finally resurfaced and insisted he did not participate in supposed cheating in the 2004 presidential elections.
At a press conference in Bukidnon province shortly before 2 p.m., Garcillano also urged the Filipinos, including the Aquino administration, to just "move on."
Garcillano said he was willing to cooperate with the administration to effect reforms in the election system. But when asked if he could provide information that could help prove there was cheating in the 2004 presidential polls, Garcillano said: "Nasabi ko na lahat ng sasabihin ko. Ano pa makukuha nila sa akin."
Earlier, Malacañang expressed interest in what Garcillano was to say at the Bukidnon press conference.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that while the Palace will withhold comment, it wants to know what the former Comelec official had to say.
Garcillano is a key figure in the “Hello Garci" poll fraud scandal that broke out in 2005.
The scandal involved wiretapped conversations (about rigging of 2004 poll results) between Garcillano and many personalities, including a female voice believed to be that of then President Gloria Arroyo. — LBG, GMA News