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Presidential Decrees :
there is a need to enhance the powers and functions of the Fact-Finding
Board investigating the killing of former Senator Benigno S. Aquino,
Jr., in order to ensure an independent and exhaustive investigation of
all the aspects of the Aquino killing.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, FERDINAND E. MARCOS, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution do hereby decree:
"The Chairman and 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 not limited to legal or bar associations, civic/service organizations, and the business, education, student, labor and other sectors.
"The positions of Chairman and member of the Board shall be honorary. The Chairman and members of the Board, while discharging their duties, functions and responsibilities, shall be deemed 'persons in authority' in accordance with Article 152 of the Revised Penal Code. They may continue to undertake and engage in their respective occupations and pursuits; PROVIDED, That it will not prejudice whatsoever the discharge of their duties, functions and responsibilities as set forth in this Decree, which shall at all times be paramount and accorded first priority. The Chairman and the members of the Board shall be entitled to transportation allowance of at least THREE THOUSAND PESOS (P3,000.00) and TWO THOUSAND PESOS (P2,000.00) respectively."
"In case of contumacy or refusal to obey a subpoena issued to any person(s) under the provisions of this Decree, the Board may deputize any law enforcement agency or officer to arrest and compel the attendance of said person(s) before the Board.
"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."
"The General Counsel, the Public Coordinator, and the 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 Board may or may not allow local and/or foreign observers in its proceedings.
"The rules of evidence under the Rules of Court shall be followed, unless there are supervening incidents for which the rules of justice and fair play demand the application of more liberal and non-technical rules. In all cases, the reason(s) for the application of more liberal and non-technical rules must be explained to and accepted by the Board. The General Counsel and his Deputies shall prepare the presentation of evidence to be submitted to the Board under more liberals and technical rules.
Done in the City of Manila, this 8th day of February in the year of Our Lord, Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Four.
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