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Valueless C.R.O.S.S.R.O.A.D.S Jonathan De la Cruz 08/31/2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Valueless

C.R.O.S.S.R.O.A.D.S
Jonathan De la Cruz
08/31/2011
Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, she of the acerbic tongue and matchless wit, is at her fightingest mode all over again. She has scored her colleagues’ propensity to undertake “inquiries-in-aid-of-legislation” instead of buckling to actual legislative work and policy making. She admitted that most of the time the probes do not really serve their purpose and, worse, turn senators into two bit investigators and prosecutors. Herself a darling of media, she decried the fact that the medium has actually turned legislators into actors doing everything possible to get into the news and bring attention to themselves rather than the topic at hand. She called the hearings which are usually covered live on TV and radio as variously “inquiries-in-aid-of-election” or “inquiries-in-aid-of-public adulation.”

Said Santiago: “These inquiries-in-aid-of-legislation or public hearings or public investigation of the Senate are actually useless. It is valueless because the most that we can do is refer the case to the Ombudsman or the Department of Justice for them to study if there is probable cause to conduct preliminary investigation. If we have the power of preliminary investigation that would justify the time spent in these proceedings, we become investigators and fiscals. But that is not the case..... MORE
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