Senate caucus on Napoles subpoena rescheduled



The senators’ caucus to discuss whether to summon alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles to the blue ribbon hearing was postponed Monday because not all senators could attend.

The Senate was to hold the a caucus after a two-week break, and discuss if the appearance of Napoles before the blue ribbon committee on the pork barrel scheme which linked at least three senators.

An advisory signed by Renato Bantug Jr. Senate President Franklin Drilon’s chief of staff, said the caucus has been moved “due to the unavailability of some members on account of sickness/officials mission abroad.”

The caucus was reset to Wednesday.

The meeting was scheduled after Drilon refused to sign a subpoena by Sen. Teofisto Guingona 3rd, the blue ribbon chairman, to summon Napoles.

Drilon had sought the advice of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, who said summoning Napoles at this time was not a good idea.

Citing Morales’ answer, Drilon did not sign the subpoena. Guingona ask him to reconsider.

Drilon again sought Morales’ opinion and she said that while she is not inclined to modify her previous comment, she acknowledged the supremacy of Senate and did not intend to challenge it.

At least four senators were not available during the caucus.

Senate president pro-tempore Ralph Recto requested that the meeting be rescheduled because he was not feeling well.

Sen. Miriam Santiago, who is on sick leave, said in a statement she is in favor of allowing Napoles to appear before the blue ribbon panel.




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