THE Senate Blue Ribbon committee is self-destructing and there will come a time when it will become irrelevant, Senate minority leader Juan Ponce Enrile said Tuesday.
Enrile was referring to the continuous investigation of the blue ribbon sub-committee on the alleged controversies involving Vice President Jejomar Binay that started on the supposed overpriced Makati City hall building II.
“An investigation like that is already losing it’s own steam and value already, we never had that experience. It’s unusual in any country for an investigation to last that long in aide of legislation so, it destroys itself,” Enrile said in an interview with reporters.
“We never had that precedent. And besides, it started… If I recall reading from the papers, from a resolution supposedly in aid of legislation to determine the overpricing of a building in Makati but it expanded too far away from the resolution,” Enrile pointed out.
“It is self-destructing it. Let them proceed because in the long term they will become irrelevant,” he added.
The blue ribbon sub-committee chaired by Senator Aquilino Pimentel 3rd, has been conducting public hearings on the alleged anomalies linked to Binay and his family.
Meanwhile, the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee has issued another order for the arrest of three more persons for their failure to appear in the on-going investigation of the sub-committee.
Senator Teofisto Guingona 3rd, chair of the mother committee, approved the motion of Pimentel to cite in contempt and order the arrest of Jack Arroyo, Laureano Gregorio, Jr. and Marguerite Lichnok.
Arroyo, the nephew of former Senator Joker Arroyo, is one of the incorporators of Philippine Health Educators Inc. (PHEI), a joint venture between University of Makati and STI College to manage the university’s College of Nursing.
Gregorio was the supposed owner of a property in Rosario, Batangas sold to businessman Antonio Tiu.
Meanwhile, Lichnok’s name appeared in some of the corporations linked to Binay.