With a vote of 14-7, the Senate has thwarted Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s committee from leading the investigation on the bribery scandal involving former Bureau of Immigration (BI) officials.
Majority of the senators voted in favor of a motion to reconsider the referral of Senate Resolution No. 256 filed by Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon.
Senator Miguel Zubiri was the first raised his opposition after the resolution was referred to Trillanes’ panel, the Senate Committee on Civil Service, Government Reorganization and Professional Conduct.
Zubiri argument was that it was prudent to refer the resolution also to the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights led by Senator Richard Gordon.
Drilon’s resolution urged Trillanes’ committee to look into the possible reorganization of the BI “in order to restore public confidence” following the alleged corruption committed by sacked Associate Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles.
Gordon said that his committee should have jurisdiction over the probe because the BI is an organization that falls under the Department of Justice (DOJ).
“We can all decide for ourselves, where it is headed.” Gordon added as he questioned the intent of the resolution.
Trillanes even argued with Gordon saying, “Kung ayaw sa committee mo, bakit pinagpipilitan mo?”.
But in the end, the senators voted to reconsider its referral. The resolution will be considered pending before the Senate Committee on Rules led by Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III.
Those who voted in favor of the motion to reconsider the referral are:
- Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III,
- Senators Zubiri,
- Sonny Angara,
- Sherwin Gatchalian
- Panfilo Lacson
- Manny Pacquiao
- Grace Poe
- Loren Legarda
- Nancy Binay
- Joel Villanueva
- Cynthia Villar
- JV Ejercito
Those who voted against the motion are:
- Senators Drilon,
- De Lima,
- Risa Hontiveros,
- Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan,
- Ralph Recto,
- Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV