Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero on Tuesday backed Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III’s transfer to have the Senate examine charges of alleged hidden assets and wealth amassed by Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista from the time he was appointed to his current post.
Both Escudero and Sotto, in countering the assertions made by Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on the difficulty of the Senate probably, encountering a battle over the difficulty of jurisdiction over Bautista being an impeachable official, cited the case of Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay.
Binay, who was equally located, was pursued by Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Alan Peter Cayetano in 2015 to be investigated by the Senate blue ribbon, then chaired by Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, over alleged corruption in contracts of Makati City authorities whereas he was nonetheless the mayor in addition to alleged undeclared assets and properties.
Escudero shared Sotto’s competition that the Senate has jurisdiction even when the problems being thrown at Bautista are deemed impeachable offenses.
“What if, after investigation by the Senate, he is able to prove that he did no wrongdoing or what if no impeachment case is filed?” he requested.
Sotto, in additional justifying his name for a probe, mentioned they are going to be trying into the convenience of submitting assertion of assets, liabilities and web value (SALN) and the way authorities officers go round it.
“(So) that’s besides the Binay issue pa nga. Pag ayaw, may dahilan. Bakit, ‘yung EJK (extrajudicial killing) na bintang nila kay Presidente (Duterte), may investigation? Impeachable din ‘yun ah,” mentioned Sotto.
“I don’t care if the Comelec chair if guilty or not. This is in aid of legislation, unlike what they did to VP Binay,” Sotto added.
The probe in opposition to Binay got here a 12 months earlier than the 2016 presidential elections and Trillanes was vocal in saying that efforts to research him was aimed toward exposing his alleged misdeeds and stop him from profitable within the polls.