MANILA, Philippines – The Senate has implemented the 90-day preventive suspension of Senator Jinggoy Estrada ordered by the Sandiganbayan, but his colleague, Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, rose to question the decision.
Estrada’s suspension was announced by Senate President Franklin Drilon citing an order his office received from the anti-graft court who denied the former’s motion for reconsideration. Drilon confirmed he received the notice on Tuesday and he has no recourse but to implement the order.
However, Sotto questioned the suspension order against his colleague in the minority bloc, arguing only the Senate has the authority to discipline its ranks.
According to Sotto, Senate rules dictate that the communication from the Sandiganbayan should have been referred to the committee on ethics, “which has jurisdiction over matters relating to the conduct, rights, privileges, safety, dignity, integrity, and reputation of the Senate.”
Sotto added, Drilon acted alone as a Senate President to enforce the Sandiganbayan order, which should have been acted upon by the Upper Chamber as a whole. (Click here to read more)