MANILA, Philippines - Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile sees nothing irregular with Undersecretary Rico Puno's alleged attempt to enter the condominium unit of the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo a day after his plane crashed.
Enrile said that as undersecretary, Puno simply did his job to secure important documents that belong to the Department of the Interior and Local Government.
"As I see it, there's nothing irregular," Enrile told reporters at a news forum on Monday. "He's a number 2 man in the department. That's his duty to see to it that the records of the department are retrieved from whomsoever is in possession, especially if the head of the department is dead."
Enrile added that Puno was acting on the orders of President Aquino, and won't go to the condominium without a legitimate reason.
The President has said he ordered Puno to lock down Robredo's office to secure documents, but not his condominium unit.
Enrile won't comment on Robredo's investigation on a firearms deal involving Puno.
"I don't think it's fair for me to discuss that by simply dealing with suppositions," he said.
But Enrile added that he is supporting Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago's call for the Senate to investigate Puno.