Philippine Whistleblower Agrees to be Polygraphed

The Philippine website reports in an article titled, “‘Ador’ wants to meet President before taking polygraph test.” The short article is cited in full here:

A CIVILIAN agent of the former Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force (PAOCTF) said that he wants to meet with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo before subjecting himself to a lie detector test.

Ador (not his real name) told radio dzBB that while he was willing to undergo a polygraph test he would rather meet first with the President to discuss his recent revelations that he had first-hand knowledge the PAOCTF engaged in kidnappings allegedly upon the orders of its erstwhile chief, Senator-elect Panfilo Lacson.

Lacson concurrently headed the Philippine National Police and PAOCTF until last January.

Ador in a message to Ms Macapagal said: “Ako po ay tiklop-tuhod na nakikiusap kung pwede ng makausap kayo bago ako ay mag-exam para mapatunayan ang aking sinasabi (I am begging you please talk to me before I undergo a lie detector test so that I can prove what I have said so far).”

Ador also asked Malacañang for protection for his family in line with his offer to testify and file charges against Lacson.

The former civilian agent also alleged that the senator-elect’s protégés, Senior Superintendents Cesar Mancao and Michael Ray Aquino, had played major roles in the kidnappings staged by the PAOCTF.

In an interview with dzBB on Friday, Mancao denied Ador’s charges. He dared Ador to face him personally and repeat his claims even as he urged the agent to take the polygraph test.

Whistleblowers should not be subjected to trial by polygraph. As Dr. James Blascovitch noted at the 2nd public meeting of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council polygraph review committee, “every examiner I asked at [the Department of Defense Polygraph Institute], ‘If you wanted someone to fail this test, could you have them do it, physiologically?’ they said ‘yes.'” On the other hand, polygraph tests can also be manipulated by those who understand the lie behind the lie detector.

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