Senate adopts reso creating oversight committee to probe intel funds

Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 10 2020 08:08 PM

MANILA - The Senate on Monday adopted a resolution seeking to revive the body's oversight committee on intelligence and confidential funds, programs and activities.

Resolution 310, filed on Feb. 3, was penned by Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Sen. Panfilo Lacson.

The two senators said the first controversy they will look into is the P300 million Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) intelligence fund that former DICT Usec. Eliseo Rio, Jr. questioned last week.

No one opposed the adoption of the resolution.

Upon its adoption, Sotto promptly announced the composition of the Senate Oversight Committee on Intelligence and Confidential Funds.

Lacson will chair the panel, while Senators Christopher "Bong" Go, Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa, Francis Tolentino and Nancy Binay will serve as members representing the majority bloc.

Senators Francis Pangilinan and Risa Hontiveros will represent the minority bloc.

Reports of alleged anomalous cash advances by the DICT surfaced after Rio announced his intent to resign.