Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero on Sunday mentioned there’s no legislation barring the higher chamber from conducting an investigation into the alleged ill-gotten wealth of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chair Andres Bautista even when the latter would face impeachment proceedings.
“Alam mo hindi issue yan para sa akin. Kahit kaila hindi naging issue yan para sa akin at nagugulat ako na bi-bring up yan ngayon,” he mentioned in a radio interview.
Escudero identified that there had been investigations in opposition to
former Vice President Jejomar Binay and even incumbent President Duterte on the difficulty on alleged extrajudicial killings (EJKs) even when such efforts might set off impeachment proceedings.
“Mahirap naman pangunahan na may mag fi-file ng impeachment complaint. Sa case ni VP Binay, wala naman nag file. Kapag meron na nag file, yun tamang time to suspend any ongoing probe in the Senate,” he mentioned.
“Paano kapag walang nag file ng impeachment eh di naghintay kami sa wala? So kung di kami nag imbestiga eh di wala lang, parang walang nangyari?” he requested.
Escudero identified that underneath the Ombudsman Act, any authorities officials can be subjected to an investigation, together with impeachable officials.
“So walang limitation sa powers ng Ombudman or NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) to probe anyone in government including impeachable officials,” he mentioned.
Escudero needs to conduct a separate probe by his committee on banks, monetary establishments and currencies, on Bautista’s alleged undisclosed financial institution accounts if it won’t be coated by the Senate blue ribbon committee.