Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has urged Blue Ribbon committee chairman Sen. Teofisto Guingona III to stop the investigation on the alleged overpricing of the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) even if another witness has requested for permission to testify in the next hearing.
Trillanes said there is no longer any reason to continue the hearings since the former government official who implicated Senate President Franklin Drilon in the purported anomalies surrounding the ICC has admitted he has no solid proof to back up his claim.
“Even Mr. Mejorada candidly admitted that he has no evidence. Why will we scold him? He’s just telling the truth,” he said, adding that continuing the hearings might cause the public to think the investigation was plotted by the camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay.
Trillanes’ colleague, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago earlier asked that the Senate invite former Iloilo representative Augusto Syjuco, a staunch critic of Drilon, as a resource person in the next hearing to shed light on the ICC’s construction.
Santiago, who filed the resolution asking the Senate to investigate the Iloilo construction project, said the probe should continue even if Mejorada failed to prove his claims of overpricing.