MANILA – Senators Panfilo “Ping” Lacson and Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan dismissed speculations that their visit to Iloilo on Friday had something to do with the 2013 mid-term elections.
They also said they did not go to the Visayas region to seek support for an alleged attempt to oust Senator Juan Ponce Enrile as Senate president.
The senators insist that now is not the right time to change the Senate presidency because there are more pressing issues which should be discussed.
They also said a coup attempt in the Senate will not do the senators any good.
“Hindi pa naman napag-uusapan at saka sa experience namin ni Senator Lacson, ‘pag may umuugong na ganyang isyu ay hindi na ito natutuloy,” said Honasan.
The two senators are also convinced of the capacity of Enrile to lead the Senate until his term as Senate President ends in 2013.
Lacson, meanwhile, reiterated that the probe on former Interior and Local Government Secretary Rico Puno did not go through due process.
He said that based on the Senate rules, public hearings should be conducted through a Senate resolution, a privilege speech, or a bill.
Lacson is a member of the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments, Revision of Codes and Law headed by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, who initiated the inquiry.
He was not able to attend Friday’s hearing because of his scheduled visit to Iloilo.
Lacson and Honasan arrived in Iloilo Friday morning to turn over 25 new computer units and to visit the newly-installed Police Regional Office 6 Director chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz. -- Report Nony Basco, ABS-CBN News Iloilo