• Sanction sloppy Senate probers –congressmen

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    The Senate should impose sanctions on members of the Senate blue ribbon committee if they fail to come up with committee reports on their investigations.

    The suggestion was made on Thursday by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. of Quezon City, as well as Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr. of Dasmarinas (Cavite) and Sherwin Tugna of Citizens Battle Against Corruption party-list amid calls to abolish the blue ribbon panel “for wasting public funds on endless investigations.”

    “No, I am not in favor of abolishing it. We need a blue ribbon committee. The Senate can just always provide restraints on it,” Belmonte, a lawyer, said in a text message.

    “Abolition is not the proper remedy,” he added.

    If a member of the legislature was remiss in performing his duties as committee chairman and/or member, the Senate could impose appropriate sanctions such as removal from the committee, reprimand, even suspension and/or removal, depending on the gravity of malfeasance,” Barzaga, vice chairman of the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability, said.

    The Senate blue ribbon panel is investigating alleged over-pricing of the Iloilo Convention Center, a pet project of Senate President Franklin Drilon.

    But it is the panel’s sub-committee that has been conducting marathon hearings also on the allegedly overpriced P2 billion Makati City Hall Building 2 and Vice President Jejomar Binay’s reported habit of pocketing kickbacks out of Makati City’s infrastructure projects.

    The sub-committee is headed by Sen. Aquilino Pimentel 3rd with Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes 4th as members.

    Barzaga said legislative investigations are constitutionally mandated procedures in crafting laws and, as such, cannot be dispensed with.

    Tugna is also opposed to scrapping the blue ribbon committee but pitched a caveat: The panel should set a deadline for submission of committee reports on its investigations.

    “So as to maintain the people’s trust reposed in the Senate as an institution, [its]committees should set a deadline to come up with a committee report. In the absence of a specific period of time, it should be within a reasonable period from the date of the termination of the investigation,” Tugna, the House deputy majority leader,” said.

    “Otherwise, the whole proceedings will be looked upon with cynicism,” he added.

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    1. The usefulness of the current SBRC ended on the very first day of the hearings when the obvious bias trumped impartiality in spades. The investigation only hampered the ability of the Ombudsman to conclude their ongoing investigations. Putting it simply the trial in aid of election being conducted by the Senate trio of malcontents has added to the degradation of a Legislative body (the Senate) that was once a source of wisdom, pride, patriotism and honor. Now… it is a source of cartoon story boards.

    2. Bonifacio Claudio on

      WIKI… WIKI… WIKI… impormasyon na wiki laban kay Binay sineryoso sa imbestigasyon ng sen-comm; impormasyon na wiki laban kay Drilon tinawanan sa sen-comm. Pampolitikong KAMPIHAN at SIRAAN sa senado winawaldas at sinasayang ang perang galing sa kabang-bayan ng kumain-diling mga mamamayan ng Inang Bayan. Politics turned mud, & all those who wallow in it are PIGS. Kita naman kung paanong bina-BABOY nila ang panunungkulang gobyerno para yurakan ang mga kumain-diling tulad ko at tampalasanin ang Inang Bayan. BANGON, Bayang Sinilangan !!!

    3. The most important information for the public to know has already been publicly exposed. The so-called report has secondary importance. We care not much about who these senators are. We are very grateful for their televised exposures and whoever aided these worthy public service. With these media undertakings, we still hope for a better Philippines in spite of and re

    4. WALA TAYONG MAGAGAWA SA TATLONG ITLOG GUSTO TALAGANG PAHABAIN ANG COURT OF CHAOS. DAPAT SI GUINGONA NAG MAGSABI NITO SA 3 BUGOK KAYA LANG KAKAMPI EH! POLITICS NGA NAMAN SA PINAS. TIGIL NAYAN TUTAL CONVICTED NA SI BINAY SA COURT OF CHAOS. DALHIN NA SA TAMANG PROSESO. ANG LAKING PERA NA NG TAONG BAYAN ANG NILUSTAY DYAN SA COURT OF CHAOS. NAGING TELENOVELA. SABI NG 3 BUGOK “ITUTULOY ABANGAN ANG SUSUNOD NA KABANATA”. SEND IN THE CLOWNS ILIPAT NAMAN SA COMEDY!