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Ping to Dick: Hindi lang chairman ang may say sa blue ribbon


Senate committees are collegial bodies and not one-man shows.

This was the reminder Sen. Panfilo Lacson issued after Sen. Richard Gordon was quoted as saying he may have ex-Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon released.

“Ang point, collegial body kami sa Senado, pareho rin ng mga committee collegial body. Hindi pwedeng chairman lang ang chairman nagpe-preside pero di pwedeng siya lang nagde-decide kung anong gagawin o ano ang decision ng committee,” Lacson said in an interview on DZMM radio.

Gordon was earlier quoted as saying he would release Faeldon if Faeldon still refuses to testify before the Blue Ribbon Committee on corruption in the BOC.

But Lacson pointed out matters such as citing a person in contempt, as well as detaining and releasing such persons, may need the approval of the Senate president.

“So hindi pwedeng i-arrogate ng isang chairman ng maski anong committee di lang sa Blue Ribbon ang pag-decide kung anong gagawin sa maselang issue, yung na-contempt at naka-detain ay basta ire-release,” he said.

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