MANILA, Philippines - Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago believes Interior Undersecretary Rico Puno must not be appointed to any government position should he leave the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) if he is unable to clear himself of the charges against him.
Reacting to President Aquino's statement that Puno will be given another government post depending on his preference and expertise, Santiago said, "Wow. For me that's an extravagant statement."
"Assuming, for the sake of argument, that enough evidence is adduced during the hearing, and he is found suspicious sufficient for the Senate to recommend criminal investigation to the Ombudsman, then that would already hinder the plan to place him in another office," she said.
"It might be interpreted as insensibility to the Filipino public, because a person under investigation, although he assumes a presumption of innocence, still he should not be rewarded for prior office when he is surrounded by controversy until these controversies are cleared up," she added.