Sen. Miriam Santiago said on Monday his Senate colleagues who are implicated in the supposed P10-billion pork barrel controversy should take a leave of absence and allow an independent body to investigate the case.
Speaking at the Accountancy Week celebration in Makati City, Santiago said that the lawmakers linked to the controversy should take a leave to follow the principle of transparency credibility and accountability.
Linked to the pork barrel issue are Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, Gregorio Honasan, Ramon Revilla Jr. and Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
At the same time she called in President Benigno Aquino 3rd to form a dedicated body to investigate public officials accused of plunder.
Santiago pointed out that there is no agency or office authorized to investigate a senator.