The House of Representatives barely has time to focus on legislative work because it’s swamped with too many investigations, House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II said.
For this reason, Gonzales said he has slowed down referring measures concerning congressional inquiries to the House committee on good government and public accountability because the panel is already overburdened. “In fact, it has yet to finish one investigation with so many resolutions referred to it,” he said in a radio interview.
Gonzales made the statement in response to the gripe aired by Kabataan party-list Rep. Terry Ridon last week that the House is sitting on his resolution calling for an investigation into the alleged involvement of Hilmarc’s Construction Company in questionable government-funded infrastructure projects.
Ridon complained that Gonzales and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. had backtracked on their earlier commitment to push through with the probe on Hilmarc’s even if the Senate blue ribbon committee has begun its investigation on one of the contractor’s projects, the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC).
Gonzales quipped that even if the Senate blue ribbon committee finishes its investigation on the ICC and recommends the filing of charges against the officials involved in its construction, the Ombudsman will still have to conduct its own probe.
“Personally, we would rather devote our precious time to meaningful legislative measures needed by our country. After all, if there are indeed anomalies in these projects, it is up to the Ombudsman to make the appropriate findings,” he said.