By LEONARD D. POSTRADO
Manila, Philippines – A supposed “high-profile” personality that could substantiate alleged massive cheating during the 2004 and 2007 elections is set to surface in the coming days, Justice Secretary Leila De Lima bared Wednesday.
In an ambush interview, De Lima told reporters that she and Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. were constantly communicating with their “high-profile” witness which she declined to name.
Asked to describe the witness, De Lima merely said that he is “high profile.”
She said that the new witness has already completed writing his affidavit that detailed his knowledge of how results of the 2004 and 2007 polls were rigged.
“This week ko inaasahan ang significant witness na nakausap na ni Chairman [Sixto] Brillantes.
According to Chairman [Sixto] Brillantes, nakausap na niya and nagawa na ‘yung affidavit. But he will inform me kung kelan siya pwede lumantad,” De Lima said.
The reason for not giving out the identity of the so-called high profile witness, according to De Lima, was the fact that they were still in the process of further evaluating the witness’ statement linking the previous administration to poll fraud in the 2004 polls.
“But I’m not saying at this point that the witness is not credible,” she said.
The “high profile” personality now joins the list of witnesses that could substantiate the massive cheating allegedly perpetrated by the previous administration and its allies during the 2004 and 2007 polls.