MANILA, Philippines ? President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III signed on Friday Executive Order 1, creating the Truth Commission tasked to look into graft and corruption allegations that hounded the past administration.
"Today, I signed Executive Order No. 1, establishing a commission to investigate allegations of anomalies during the last nine (9) years. The process of bringing a necessary closure to the allegations of official wrongdoing and impunity has begun," Aquino said in a statement on Friday.
Aquino said the executive order was in line with his promise to form the Truth Commission in the first 100 days of his administration.
He said that former Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. will head the commission that has been tasked to investigate and seek the truth about corruption allegations that were committed over the last nine years by government officials and their accomplices in the private sector.
The commission, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said at a press conference, has until Dec. 31, 2012 to complete its mission.
This year, however, De Lima said the commission would be doing "organizational and initial stages" of its work.