PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Bong Go during a visit to Cagayan after the onslaught of typhoon “Ulysses.”
The President cannot be faulted for holding his horses insofar as naming the allegedly corrupt lawmakers receiving kickbacks from government projects is concerned.
Senator Christopher “Bong” Go stressed that while there are “no sacred cows” in government, he respects the “separation of powers” cited by President Duterte in not revealing the names of the supposedly crooked legislators.
The names were in a list submitted to Mr. Duterte by Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) chief Grego Belgica, which the President will be forwarded to the Office of the Ombudsman for proper action.
Go explained that under the principle of separation of power, the President has no jurisdiction over the legislators as they belong to a different and co-equal branch of government.
A third co-equal branch of government, along with the executive and the legislative, is the judiciary. Belgica said the legislators had been receiving kickbacks from project contractors.
“Separation of power. Nire-respeto ko po ‘yan at abogado po ang ating Pangulo, alam n’ya po ang kanyang trabaho (We respect that and our President is a lawyer so he knows his job),” Go said.
On Monday during his address to the nation, the President said, “I have no business investigating congressmen. They belong to a separate organ of government which is co-equal to the President.”
Go said the President is also recognizing the constitutional mandate of the Ombudsman to investigate irregularities in government.
The senator emphasized that the PACC created by the President is specifically tasked to probe alleged anomalies within the executive branch of government.
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