Senate panel ready to hear ethics complaints vs some senators

November 23, 2012 1:06 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 22 – Senate minority leader Alan Peter Cayetano said on Thursday the ethics and privileges committee is ready to hear the ethics complaints filed against some senators.

Cayetano said the ethics and privileges panel has already amended the rules, paving the way for the start of the hearing next week.

”We can already start the hearing next week. We just needed the signatures of the committee members on the approved rules,” he said.

Cayetano, however, clarified that he will inhibit from any proceedings concerning the ethics complaints filed against his sister, Senator Pia Cayetano, who has been accused of plagiarism.

”In the case of my sister, I have no choice but to inhibit. I think it is but logical that when that time comes, I do not participate," Cayetano said in a media interview.

Last Wednesday, a private citizen from Iligan City filed an ethics complaint against Senator Pia Cayetano for allegedly plagiarizing in at least two instances in her speeches, including one on the Reproductive Health bill in which she is co-sponsor.

Pia branded the allegations in the ethics complaint of Albert Ong as “rehashed” that she had already answered last August.

Aside from Pia, Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III is also facing ethics complaint filed by group of professors and bloggers who accused Sotto of copying other people’s works in his speeches against the RH bill.

Other members of the ethics committee include Senators Loren Legarda, Lito Lapid, Joker Arroyo, Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Gregorio Honasan III, and Sotto and Senate President Pro-Tempore Jinggoy Estrada as ex-officio members.

Sotto has already said he sees the immediate dismissal of the ethics complaint against him. (PNA)

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