Oct 26, 2021 @ 10:30

Magkaalaman na! Duterte happy with Senate move to question Cabinet attendance ban before SC

President Rodrigo Duterte said he finally saw one thing done right by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee.

After repeatedly lambasting the panel and its chairman Sen. Dick Gordon, Duterte for the first time supported their move to question his memorandum banning the attendance of Cabinet members in the Pharmally probe, despite them being key figures in the questioned deal. Health Secretary Francisco Duque has stopped attending for weeks now despite being a central figure to the issue over allegedly subpar and overpriced face masks and shields.

“We welcome this move of bringing the legality of the memorandum to the Supreme Court and we would like to congratulate the members for realizing, albeit late, that it is the court which should eventually decide on the constitutionality of the order and we will defend it,” Duterte said in his late Monday night rant.

“This is by far the most decent thing the committee has done and we are
most eager to answer whatever questions you have regarding my not
allowing officials of the Executive to attend your hearings that are legislative
purposes,” he added.

Senators blasted the memorandum, saying it renders useless the point of checks and balances between branches of government.

“Iyong mga tao ko sa gobyerno, iyong ipinapatawag ninyo at pahintayin ninyo ng ilang oras at hindi naman ninyo tatawagin at kung nandoon iniinsulto ninyo, para bang walang alam, mga moron ang kaharap ninyo kung sabihin, ‘Ah, you are impertinent,'” the abogado added.

He said it’s all about respect.

“You have to be courteous. If you want to be treated with courtesy, you have to practice it. Now, sinong maligayahan niyan kung ganoon ang ginagawa mo? Kung ako sakali na kung ako ang natawag, hindi mo ako masigawan nang ganoon, magsigawan tayo,” Duterte said. “Kulungin na ninyo ako hanggang kailang gusto ninyo. Pero I will not allow you to shout at me at hindi ako papayag nang ganoon. Magmurahan tayo diyan sa loob.”

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