MANILA – Senator Franklin Drilon wants a review of the rules of the bicameral Commission on Appointments (CA), which he said has apparently failed to thoroughly check the track record of former military officials now accused of corruption.
After a hearing on the promotions of 90 military officers on Wednesday, Drilon said he wonders how the likes of former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) comptrollers Carlos Garcia and Jacinto Ligot passed CA deliberations in the past even with their questionable financial records.
"Kaya ang aking iminungkahi na kung puwede rebyuhin naming ang capacity ng aming secretariat para mag-imbestiga at magbigay ng impormasyon sa amin sa CA tungkol sa fitness and qualification ng mga nominees," he said.
Drilon said the CA should not brush aside cases filed against a nominee at the Office of the Ombudsman.
He said the usual attitude of the body has been to disregard a nominee's cases because they thought they were irrelevant in assessing his or her fitness and qualification.
"Dapat siguro titingnan din natin ang ebidensya, hindi dahil sa we're trying to determine if there is probable cause, but whether the evidence would go into the fitness and qualification of the nominee," Drilon said.