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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, March 23, 2015
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No need for PNoy at hearings

Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer (Neg. Occ., 4th District) yesterday said he does not see the need for President Benigno Aquino to attend the House of Representatives committee hearings on the  Jan. 25  Mamasapano mission that ended in the death of  44 Special  Action Force commandos.

“We are planning to resume the hearings  on April 7 and 8. As for me, I’m not inclined to invite PNoy because of the separation of powers between the executive and the legislative,”  Ferrer, who heads the House committee on public order and safety, told the DAILY STAR.

Ferrer said he will consult the committee members on the matter so “we will know their sentiments.”

 “We will respect the right of the President if he declines our invitation. He can send a representative to answer our questions,”  Ferrer, also said.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary, Herminio Coloma, said yesterday that Aquino is ready to give information if asked on the Mamasapano incident.

”The overall mindset is to give information necessary if it will be asked,” Coloma said.

”We will ask the request of the House of Representatives because the President is open in disclosing the necessary information, just like what we did in the request of the Senate for the exchange of text message between the President and former PNP Chief Alan Purisima,” Coloma explained.

He said the President has already given his consent through Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa regarding the Senate’s request.

”The President’s communication policy is clear: A well-informed citizenry will be sufficiently guided in decision-making and in determining the actions they wish to pursue,” Coloma said.

”Hence, government has endeavoured at all times to give all the necessary information in the spirit of openness and transparency and to promote accountability in the public service,” he added.*CPG/PNA



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