Palace: Spy gadgets for anti-terrorism, not for prying on opposition

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malacanang ?The purchase of the equipment is part of the AFP modernization program, and will be used primarily in the campaign against terrorism,? he said. Coloma explained that from the time that the Aquino administration took office in 2010, the Department of National Defense (DND) has made it a priority to ensure professionalization in the AFP. He stressed that ?the references to past misdeeds, such as the ?Hello Garci? incident, are things of the past.? The allegation was raised following Navotas City representaive Toby Tiangco?s statement that he received ?credible information? on the purpose of acquiring the spy gadgets. Tiangco issued the statement after a daily newspaper reported that P135 million worth of surveillance equipment were acquired to spy on critics of the president. Coloma challenged Tiangco to present proof to back up his claim, if there is any truth to it. ?Dapat naman sa lahat ng pahayag ang batayan ay kongkretong datos at kongkretong katibayan at hindi tayo gagawa ng mga pahayag na wala namang matibay na batayan,? the PCOO chief said. — PNA ]]>

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