Political crisis far from happening - analyst

Posted at 05/18/2014 7:10 PM | Updated as of 05/19/2014 10:09 AM

MANILA -- A political crisis will not be in the offing amid the pork barrel scam affecting the government, a political analyst believes.

“The political crisis scenario is an overreaction. We should understand that we have 24 senators, and only 13 are needed to comprise a majority,” University of Makati professor Alfred Sureta said in an interview with radio dzMM.

What concerns him more is that the government may be forgetting the need to pass relevant bills, including the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

“This is the government’s commitment to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the international community. 2015 is already near, they may already be sidelined by the elections,” he said.

Besides the Bangsamoro Basic Law, he also mentioned other relevant bills that need to be passed soon, such as the freedom of information and anti-political dynasty bills.

He also noted that Malacanang keeps on reiterating the need to collect evidence in pinning down the culprits, including allies.

While it is relevant to collect evidence to support cases against personalities, it is also important to assess the kind of evidence collected, he said.

“Are we talking about the evidence from the Senate or from the Department of Justice? Somehow, the findings already show the same results,” he said.

He also took note of the Commission on Audit (COA) report that already named several more personalities besides the more popular ones.