MANILA, Nov. 4, 2014—Amid corruption accusations hounding vice president Jejomar Binay involving a multibillion-peso “hacienda” in Batangas, the Dean of San Beda College’s Graduate School of Law gave reasons why the Senate is “wasting” its time investigating the Binay family.
While the pretext given by Senate for the investigation against the Binay family members is supposedly a “process in aid of legislation,” Fr. Ranhilio Aquino-Callangan believes the probe only “wastes” legislative time.
“Investigating ill-gotten wealth, graft and corruption, plunder is not what we elect legislators for! If this is the job they want to do, they should apply to be prosecutors of DoJ [Department of Justice], not senators or congressmen! Ours is a government of enumerated powers,” he stressed.
According to Aquino-Callangan, technically, Senate has no powers to conduct investigations of supposed crimes.
“Courts conduct ocular inspections; chambers of the Legislature [do so], only when such inspection is clearly for the purposes either of ‘oversight” or “legislation’,” he said in a post on social media site Facebook.
The law dean argued the Aquino administration has exhibited “execrable hypocrisy in respect to wrongdoing or allegations thereof…While allegations of wrongdoing on the part of PNoy allies are quickly swept under the rug and occluded, those who do not march to PNoy’s beat or are seen to be threats to the Aquino hegemony are hounded to death,” he explained. (Raymond A. Sebastián)