BECAUSE of his obvious political prejudice and bias, pro-administration Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano should inhibit himself when the Senate committee on rules deliberates on the case of Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr., United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) interim president Rep. Tobias Tiangco said on Tuesday.
Tiangco explained that Cayetano, who has openly criticized Vice President Jejomar Binay and his family, has lost his moral authority to be part of the deliberations.
“Sen. Cayetano’s independence is clearly in question here. If he still has some delicadeza [sense of propriety]left in his blood, prudence dictates that he should inhibit from the deliberations on the rules covering the Blue ribbon committee simply because he is one of the attack dogs [of the Aquino administration]and has prejudged the issues,” he noted.
The Navotas City (Metro Manila) legislator said Cayetano can show good faith by not taking part in the scheduled deliberations.
On Monday, Senate blue ribbon sub-committee chairman Sen. Aquilino Pimentel 3rd recommended to the blue ribbon panel that several Makati City officials be cited for contempt.
When the issue of quorum was raised, however, the Senate deferred the serving of the arrest warrant and the detention of Mayor Binay.
Some senators cited a provision of Section 18 in the Senate rules stating that “a majority of all the members of the committee may, however, reverse or modify the aforesaid order of the contempt within seven days.”
Senate President Franklin Drilon referred the matter to the committee on rules, which is headed by Cayetano.
Tiangco said Cayetano should inhibit himself even if is the panel head.
“He said in his statement that he has prepared a memo. Mukhang baligtad yata dahil sa committee, mag-meet muna yung committee bago gumawa ng report. Pero kapag ang issue ay si Mayor Binay, sinosolo ng chairman ng rules [committee]ang paggawa ng memo [There is something amiss here because the committee has to meet first before coming up with a report. But if the issue is Mayor Binay, Cayetano, the chairman of the rules panel, does away with the meeting and makes the memorandum himself],” he added.
“And besides, why is he so eager to have Mayor Binay arrested when even the Senate president raised questions on the validity of the sub-committee’s action to cite the mayor and five others for contempt and arrest them?” Tiangco said.