Guingona wants more Senate inquiries on plea bargain

March 4, 2011 1:22 pm 

MANILA, March 3 – With more revelations of unexplained wealth continue to flood the ongoing Senate inquiry into controversial plea bargain agreement, Senator Teofisto Guingona III expects more hearings to come in an effort to come out with legislative solution to the alleged corruption in the military.

”We have not even started yet on the Armed Forces of the Philippines reforms. We are still on the corruption aspect,” Guingona said on Thursday after the sixth Senate hearing on the controversial plea bargain agreement between the state prosecutors and former military comptroller Carlos Garcia.

”We should know what the military officials have done to combat the corruption so that it will never happen again. What they have done to correct the system,” Guingona said.

Guingona said he will invite Department of National Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, along with Erlinda Ligot, wife of former military comptroller retired Lt. Gen. Jancito Ligot, who is facing forfeiture case before the Sandiganbayan.

The senators failed to question Mrs. Ligot as she broke into tears before Senator Jinggoy Estrada could throw questions regarding her 42 travels abroad and two properties in the United States.

”We still have to get the clearance from the doctor if she is ready for the next hearing, but, definitely, we will invite her again,” Guingona said. (PNA)



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