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Presidential Decrees :
the treacherous and vicious assassination of former Senator Benigno S.
Aquino, Jr. on August 21, 1983, has to all Filipinos become a national
tragedy and national shame specially because of the early distortions
and exaggerations in both foreign and local media so that all right
thinking and honest men desire to ventilate the truth through free,
independent and dispassionate investigation by prestigious and free
WHEREAS, to avoid any bias or partiality in the conduct of an investigation, there is a need to create an independent ad hoc fact-finding Board with plenary powers to determine the facts and circumstances surrounding the killing and to allow for a free, unlimited and exhaustive investigation into all the aspects of said tragedy.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, FERDINAND E. MARCOS, President of the Republic of the Philippines, pursuant to the powers vested in me by the Constitution, do hereby order and decree.
With the exception of the two representatives of the Batasang Pambansa, the members of the Board shall be appointed by the President of the Philippines from among the recommendees of the various sectors of society, such as but not limited to legal or bar associations, civic/service organizations, and the business, education, student, labor and other sectors. The President shall appoint/designate the Chairman from among the members of the Board upon its recommendation.
The positions of Chairman and the members of the Board shall be honorary. The Chairman and the members of the Board shall only be entitled to transportation allowance of Three Thousand Pesos (P3,000.00) and Two Thousand Pesos (P2,000.00) a month, respectively. The Chairman and the members of the Board shall be disqualified from appointment to any public office within one (1) year from and after the date the Board has become functus officio.
The Board, or any member thereof, or its duly authorized representative may administer oaths and affirmations, examine witnesses, and receive evidence.
The Board may appoint sheriffs and deputize any law enforcement agency as may be necessary to ensure compliance with its orders and processes.
A person guilty of misbehavior in the presence of or so near the Board as to obstruct or interrupt the proceedings before the same, including disrespect towards its officials, offensive personalities towards others, or refusal to be sworn or to answer as a witness or to subscribe to an affidavit or deposition when lawfully required to do so may be summarily adjudged in direct contempt by the Board and punished with a fine not exceeding P200.00 or imprisonment not exceeding thirty (30) days or both.
Judgment of the Board on the contempt shall be final and unappealable.
Indirect contempt shall be dealt with by the Board in the manner prescribed under Rule 71 of the Rules of Court.
The Board may appoint a secretary and assistant secretaries who shall be members of the Philippine Bar and who shall be empowered to administer oaths and affirmations and to issue summons, subpoena, and subpoena duces tecum by authority of the Board.
The General Counsel and Deputy General Counsels must have all the qualifications of a Justice of the Supreme Court.
The Board may sit either en banc or in a Division of two as may be provided in the rules and regulations to be promulgated.
Any person called to testify before the Board shall have the right to counsel at any stage of the proceedings.
The rules of evidence under the Rules of Court shall be followed as far as practicable.
Done in the City of Manila, this 14th day of October, in the year of Our Lord, nineteen hundred and eighty-three.
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