MANILA, Philippines - Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile will not stop the probe initiated by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago against resigned Interior and Local Government Secretary Rico Puno.
He anticipates, however, that people may question the legality of the probe since it was initiated sans a resolution, privilege speech or even a pending bill.
“I will not stop [it] but pinag-aaralan lang namin because we’re anticipating that some people will raise questions about it,” he said.
He said the Rules Committee is already on top of it.
He added a motu propio probe might be stepping on the function of the Executive branch. Evaluating an agency or office is a function of the President, he said.
“We might be going beyond our mandate because we will be treading in the domain of the presidency since the Executive Department is under the President. He has control and supervision over all departments of government,” he said.
Usually, there is an oversight group within a committee to determine the legality of a probe, he said.
“That oversight can function to conduct evaluation of the performance of the offices involved. Pero walang oversight ata ‘yung committee. Hindi naman naming pinagbabawalan pero pinag-aaralan namin ‘yun,” Enrile said.
Santiago has scheduled on Friday a hearing on the “Evaluation of the DILG Undersecretary Rico E. Puno Event, under the Administrative Code and the 1990 DILG Act, as amended by the 1998 Police Reform Act.”
She earlier said she does not need to file a resolution on the matter since she is already the chair of the committee on constitutional amendments, revision of codes and laws.
“If I were asking some other committee with some other chair, I would have to file a resolution,” she said.
Puno announced his resignation as DILG undersecretary yesterday, which Malacañang accepted.