Arroyo rejects House probe on passport mess


Posted at Jan 16 2019 12:10 PM | Updated as of Jan 16 2019 10:28 PM

MANILA - House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo shot down Wednesday a legislative inquiry by her chamber into an alleged passport data breach. 

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. claimed over the weekend that a private contractor ran off with the government's passport data. This, he said, forced his agency to rebuild its database for all passport issued before 2010. 

Arroyo said House probes should be in aid of legislation, adding: "What legislation can we introduce in a few months?" 

The Lower House, she said, could instead mount an oversight hearing or briefing. 

The Speaker said she told Camiguin Rep. Xavier Romualdo, chairperson of the Committee on Good Government, to "make your call on where it will lie in the priority of the many resolutions that are pending."

Senators Nancy Binay and Antonio Trillanes IV have filed resolutions seeking a legislative inquiry into the alleged data breach. 

The National Privacy Commission is also looking into the issue. 

With a report from Zandro Ochona, ABS-CBN News