May nakalimot ba? Someone may have violated rules on executive session, says Ping
At least one member of the Senate may have violated the rules on executive sessions by making public some details of Monday’s closed-door security briefing, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Wednesday.
Lacson, in an interview with reporters, said this could have endangered the lives of government troops fighting the Maute group in Mindanao.
“(Sa) security briefing, nagkasundo kaming executive session. Some colleagues violated the internal rules governing executive session. Mabuti na lang they were put in check by the majority leader. E kung halimbawa di napigil yan at nai-manifest sa floor ang mga sensitive information that could put in jeopardy ang mga troops natin doon?” he said.
“And we are all in agreement, we are supporting the troops. When we are supporting the troops, ayaw natin sila mamatay di ba?” he added.
He said that when it comes to executive sessions, senators “should have the proper discipline to abide by the rules governing executive sessions.”
On Tuesday, some members of the Senate minority bloc disclosed details of Monday’s closed-door briefing with security officials.
The details included Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana supposedly telling senators that the government could contain the Maute threat without martial law.
President Rodrigo Duterte had declared martial law over Mindanao last week to counter the Maute threat.
“Kaya nga nag-executive session, para hindi mo ilabas ang information na nakuha sa executive session,” Lacson said.
“At the very least, na-violate ang internal rules. At worst, kung natuloy-tuloy ang tanong na di naawat baka mamaya pinaguusapan na, tactical movements na and some other information. Maraming information lumabas doon na di pwede sabihin,” he added.