Senator Richard Gordon, chairman of the Senate blue ribbon committee, has asked President Rodrigo Duterte to show respect towards the upper chamber of Congress, saying that the Senate recognizes respects him as the president of the Philippines.
This, as Duterte recently slammed Senate hearings as leading to “nothing.”
“Give us a little respect…we respect you. I respect you because you are the president of the Philippines. I always respect the title and the man,” Gordon said during the resumption of the blue ribbon’s inquiry on the Department of Health’s (DOH) handling of pandemic funds last week.
Gordon added that the hearings conducted by the Senate also bear fruit and are not meant to be publicity stunts.
“We have concrete results and we submit our recommendations and copies of decisions with findings to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Office of the Ombudsman. Most of the inquiries had led to the conviction of various high-ranking government officials,” the senator said in a separate statement.
“I am sorry that the President said that the lawmakers just hold hearings for publicity and that nothing happens, no one was put to jail, and no lawsuits have been filed. These are mere speculations. His staff should take a look at the effectiveness and the meaningful job that the Blue Ribbon has undertaken,” he added.
The DOH and Secretary Francisco Duque III are under fire over the handling of P67.32 billion worth of Covid-19 response funds that were uncovered by the Commission on Audit (CoA) to have deficiencies and irregularities.