Yolanda victims first before Miriam

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SENATE has more important matters that need to attend to aside from the ethics complaint filed by Senator Miriam Santiago against senate minority leader Juan Ponce Enrile for disorderly behavior Senate minority leader Alan Peter Cayetano said on Tuesday.

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Cayetano said that while he consider the issues between Santiago and Enrile as valid and should also be given attention, the chamber should weigh it with other pressing issues like the relief efforts for the thousands of calamity victims and the budget.

“First thing’s first. It won’t make a difference if we start the ethics hearing this month or on January,” Cayetano said.

Santiago on Monday filed a complaint against Enrile for disorderly behavior, in connection with the personal attacks made by the latter in his privilege speech delivered last month.

The complaint was addressed to Cayetano who also chairs the senate on rules since the chamber has yet to organize the Committee on Ethics.

In a complaint letter to Cayetano, Santiago cited sections 93 and 94 of the senate rules which Enrile supposedly violated in his speech.

Cayetano acknowledge how important accountability is in the chamber but there are more urgent matters that should be given attention at present.

The majority leader on the other hand said the senate will be holding a caucus next week to discuss the ethics committee and proposal to delete from the senate records the speeches delivered by Santiago and Enrile.

“With my apologies to them, January is the earliest to organized the ethics committee,” he added. Jefferson Antiporda

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