Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Gonzalez: No Deal With Lim

Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez denied that there was a concession made between the government and Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim during the closed door meeting which lasted for nearly an hour at the Department of Justice yesterday.

Gonzalez was speaking to GMA-7, one of two tv stations which were allowed inside the secretary's inner room, just minutes after the meeting ended.

Lim was quiet. Asked about his alleged involvement in the failed February 24, 2006 coup plot, he looked at his lawyer for his advice and refused to talk.

"We don't want to discuss anything that has to do with the coup. It's confidential," Gonzalez said.

Lim merely said that he was helping the department get a "bigger picture" behind the February coup plot. The Justice department is conducting a probe into the failed coup.

Gonzalez for his part said he was happy that Lim was talking.

"By listening to him, we can reach a mutual conclusion which I can present either to the President or the Cabinet," Gonzalez said.

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