Quagmire in the senate
In the midst of boundary dispute, the quandary between two Senators is bad for the country.
The word war will create schism in the senate that may lead to change of leadership.
In September 20 issue of Yahoo News, two stories written by Rio Rose Ribaya reported Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile described Senator Antonio Trillanes IV as “a fraud and a coward”. The article “Enrile on Trillanes: ‘My God, this guy is a fraud!’”
On the side of Senator Trillanes, he described Senator Enrile as a “bully” having a “shabby policy”. The article “Trillanes: I accomplished my China mission.”
Both accusations need investigations because it is a serious matter involving the fate of the Filipino people. The Upper House should require the two gentlemen to clarify their accusations. This should not be taken lightly if the faith of the Filipino people has to be maintained.
Enrile’s accusation is serious if there is truth that Trillanes told the Chinese officials that Philippines cannot enforce its own coastal protection, it is a serious revelation of the country’s security.
As special envoy of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to China, as said by Trillanes, the former has to explain whether or not the Aquino administration really does not care about Panatag Shoal.
Likewise, if there is truth that Trillanes was tasked by the President to conduct “backdoor negotiation”’ over dissatisfaction on Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto del Rosario’s efforts to ease the tension with China.
Enrile relies on the alleged notes from Philippine Ambassador to China Sonia Brady, that Trillanes told officials in Beijing that the Filipino people no longer have confidence to Secretary Del Rosario. This should be clarified by inviting Ambassador Brady as resource person to shed light on the allegation of Enrile.
Trillanes accusation that Enrile is accommodating former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s allies, former Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Villafuerte, and incumbent Camarines Sur Rep. Dato Arroyo, for me, there is nothing wrong if true. Enrile is a Senate President not only for those who vote against the former president, but included all Filipino people.
The bullying and the shabby policy of Enrile is the one that will affect the Filipino people. If the laws passing the Upper House is under the bullying of Enrile, that is not acceptable. It is bad for everybody.
Yahoo News reported that Trillanes cited a published article revealing another senator confirmed Enrile receiving personal calls from ex-president Arroyo to pass the bill for dividing Camarines Sur. Also, the Filipino people should know the real reason of Trillanes losing confidence with the Senate President.
If there is truth in the accusation of Trillanes against Enrile that could lead to change in leadership in the Senate, so be it; but, if his accusation is found to be false, he should be expelled from the Senate.
Senate investigation on this matter should be done, only if the members of the Senate want the Filipino to believe that anomalies like this is entitled for investigation in aid of legislation.
Senators have manifested their eagerness investigating several cases that could be solved by the four pillars of the justice system, now is the time for them to prove that any anomaly, especially, involving their own peers should be heard.
The alleged maltreatment of a housemaid was heard by the Senators, could the quagmire in the Halls of the Senate be of lesser value? It is only when Senate conducts its investigation on the quandary between Enrile and Trillanes will the people of the Republic believe the past investigations they conducted are really for a good purpose; in aid of legislation. (Feedback welcome, email@example.com.)
By: Fidel D. Banzon
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