MANILA, Philippines-Malacanang Palace on Friday is apparently mum on the verbal tussle between senators Miriam Defensor Santigo and Juan Pone Enrile through their privilege speeches in the Senate floor.
Asked if Aquino is “disappointed” about the two, Presidential Communication Secretary Sec. Sonny Coloma answered, saying: “ We continue to believe in the importance of the Senate and the Congress as the legislative arm of the government.”
“What we can probably say is that the people would expect from their elected lawmakers’ actions that will address the key issues that are in the forefront of our development agenda, and that debates will also address how appropriate laws may be enacted so that national policy can be shaped and implemented toward the improvement of the lives of our people.”
Coloma however called on lawmakers that they would like to see them devoting “quality time to the enactment of priority legislation.”
Pressed if there is an “urge” from Aquino to stop Santiago and Enrile on what they were doing in the Senate floor, Coloma said: “The Senate has its own processes for doing so.”
Amid the accusations hurled by both parties, Coloma maintained that “our government law enforcement agencies and our government prosecutorial arm in the Department of Justice (have) a continuing mandate to enforce the law and to implement the law.”
“So if there is any finding that certain individuals or groups have run afoul of the law, they are expected to do their job,” he said.