JPE seeks to mollify Miriam

Posted at 09/17/12 6:54 PM

MANILA - Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said he will try to placate an apparently miffed Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago over their supposed snub of the probe she initiated against resigned Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Rico Puno.

Enrile said: “Well, if she wants to talk about it, I’m always ready to talk to any member of the Senate.”

This may include trying to talk to her out of vetoing the confirmation of incoming Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.

On Monday morning, Santiago said she will snub sessions this week to show her resentment towards colleagues who did the same during the probe last Friday.

Santiago had alleged Cabinet members and several senators conspired against the investigation she initiated.
She noted the Cabinet members echoed the sentiments earlier laid down by senators Enrile and Panfilo Lacson.

“I was just saying that we have to study the case because there was an issue about jurisdiction but I did not refrain her from holding her investigation. I know that she knows the rules,” Enrile said.

He noted that if he did not have a scheduled event that day, he would have attended the probe.

He said it had nothing to do with Malacañang's stand on the probe.

“To be fair to Malacañang, they did not interfere with our function here. Wala namang problema ‘yung relation ko sa Malacañang sa aking trabaho rito,” he added.

Nonetheless, he will not stop Santiago from not attending the Senate sessions. “Well, if she wants to be absent, that’s her prerogative. Di ba nag-aabsent siya dahil may sakit siya?”