Will tempers fly in Senate probe on pork scam?

Posted at 08/28/13 10:39 PM

MANILA - Senate President Franklin Drilon does not know if there will be some bashing tomorrow among his colleagues as the Senate begins its probe on the pork barrel scam.

During committee hearings, lawmakers direct their questions toward invited resource persons.

“Nagtatanong lang sila, hindi sila pwede tanungin…Antayin na lang natin bukas,” said Drilon, who said he will be present tomorrow.

Drilon told dzMM he is not aware if there is a circular issued by the committee that a colleague can’t question another in connection with his or her alleged link to the scam.

But whether the senators linked to the scam will be mentioned tomorrow remains another question. Some have already decided they will not be attending.

Senator Gregorio 'Gringo' Honasan has already decided not to attend the inquiry.

In a press statement, Honasan said the Senate should focus more on the policy issue rather than put on the spot the different personalities implicated in the controversy.

Honasan, together with other opposition Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada, have been dragged into the scam after their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) allegedly ended up with questionable non-government organizations (NGO).

Enrile said in a press conference last week that he is inhibiting from the hearing.

Honasan, however, gave his assurance that he will fully support the inquiry as its main purpose is to push for new measures on how to avoid the misuse of pork barrel or to continue the plan to abolish it.

Senator JV Ejercito, another minority member, said that as far as he knows, some of his colleagues will not attend the proceedings.

"Sa alam ko may mga magbibigay lang ng statement tapos mag inhibit na," he said. – with reports from Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News