Senate caucus on Napoles summons postponed

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THE highly anticipated all-senators’ caucus to discuss whether the chamber will summon alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles was postponed on Monday for lack of quorum.

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A Senate advisory said that some senators were either sick or were abroad.

The caucus was called after Senate President Franklin Drilon refused to sign a subpoena issued by Senator Teofisto Guingona 3rd, the blue ribbon chairman, that will allow Napoles to appear before the Senate.

Instead of signing the subpoena, Drilon sought advice from Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, who said that it would not be advisable for Napoles to testify on what she knows about the alleged scam.

The opinion of the Ombudsman was Drilon’s basis on not signing the subpoena .

At least four senators were not available yesterday prompting Drilon to reset it on another date.

It was Senate president pro-tempore Ralph Recto who requested that the caucus be rescheduled because he is not feeling well.

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

Jefferson Antiporda

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