Drilon insists no subpoena for Napoles
MANILA - Senator Franklin Drilon said he will stand by a decision not to subpoena alleged pork scam architect Janet Napoles.
“While my decision appears unpopular to media, and a public eager to see Napoles grilled by the Blue Ribbon Committee, I have decided on the side of caution. I would rather err on the side of prudence,” Drilon said.
He again sought the advice of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on the matter, who insisted on an earlier advice not to summon Napoles for now.
Morales made the statement with a caveat that she is not challenging the right of the Senate to probe. “That the Senate is supreme in its own sphere was never meant to be challenged. I thus submit to the collective wisdom of its members.”
“This is not a question of which institution is ‘supreme’: the Senate or the Office of the Ombudsman. It is not the supremacy of either office, but supremacy of the rule of law. There is no question that serving the ends of justice and making our justice system work is our primary objective,” Drilon said.
He said what is at stake is the ability of the Ombudsman to prosecute the cases with dispatch. He said this is what the justice system is all about.
“Let us not forget the issue in this debate: the alleged misuse of the PDAF allocation. I repeat for emphasis: it is corruption in the use of the PDAF that is being investigated by the Office of the Ombudsman,” he said.
“With the collective calls for reforms by an engaged citizenry, and with the help of all sectors of society (business, academe, media), I am confident that in time, we can purge the ‘culture of corruption’, and have in its place a culture of integrity and excellence,” he added.