THE Senate committee on rules on Wednesday upheld the arrest order for contempt issued by the Senate blue ribbon committee against Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. and five others.
This effectively dismissed the question raised by Senate Minority Leader Vicente Sotto 3rd regarding the required number of senators that a Senate committee must have to constitute a quorum.
The rules committee, chaired by Senate majority leader Alan Peter Cayetano, upheld the Blue ribbon panel’s decision to cite in contempt Mayor Binay, City Administrator Eleno Mendoza, Eduviges “Ebeng” Baloloy, former City Administrator Marjorie de Veyra, Engineer Line Dela Peña, and Bernadette Portallano.
They were cited for contempt and ordered arrested for continuously refusing to attend the Blue Ribbon committee hearing on the supposed overpriced Makati City Hall Building II and other anomalies in Makati City.
Cayetano, however, clarified that the arrest order against the Makati mayor is not a punishment, but “the committee is just implementing the rules.”
The arrest order was supposed to be issued last Monday but Sotto questioned the process of citing Binay in contempt.
Sotto also questioned the absence of a quorum, saying that only three of the 20 members of the committee were present when the ruling was made.