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May konek! Sotto: Senate ‘can’t help’ but probe ‘ninja cops,’ GCTA at same time


Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III has defended the Senate from allegations that its investigation into the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) controversy has become a political one by branching into the issue of so called “ninja cops.”

At the resumption of the Senate blue ribbon and justice committee’s probe Wednesday (October 9), Sotto took a swipe at unnamed government officials who he said were questioning the direction of the legislative hearings.

“The direct answer would be—you are not monitoring the hearings because indeed the committee on justice and blue ribbon started an inquiry on GCTA which evolved into the influence in recycling and illegal activities in the BuCor (Bureau of Corrections). If there are illegal activities and recycling of illegal drugs influenced by those inside the BuCor who are already behind bars but are still drug lords, you cannot help but (investigate) these issues,” he said.

Contrary to the statements of the unnamed politiko, Sotto said the subject of the hearings were related to the administration’s war on drugs even if they happened in 2013.

Last week, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said he couldn’t understand the direction of the Senate hearings. He also slammed senators for supposedly making it appear through the investigation that the drug war was failing.

Sotto, however, said the blue ribbon committee chaired by Senator Richard Gordon can conduct an investigation on any issue it wants since it is the committee on accountability of public officers and investigations.

“The blue ribbon can convene for an inquiry to find out how much you bought your ballpen if you are a public official. That’s how it is. So for those who are not familiar with the Senate rules, my message is that: Zip it,” he said.

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