By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Senator Richard Gordon on Wednesday said the investigation of
corruption cases like what Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao exposed
recently, must proceed but the Blue Ribbon Committee cannot do its
mandate based merely on newspaper accounts.
In a statement, Gordon, chairman of Blue Ribbon, said that he have
neither received any request, nor has any Resolution been filed
regarding Senator Manny Pacquiao’s allegations.
“Moreover, no documents have been shared with us. Nevertheless, I will
not shirk from my duty and responsibilities as Blue Ribbon Committee
Chairman,” Gordon said.
He said that the current allegations hurled by Senator Pacquiao
against several executive departments, like any other allegation made
by any other colleague, must be taken seriously.
“But before we can even think of proceeding, the Blue Ribbon must know
what it will be specifically investigating. It cannot go willy-nilly
into any battlefield without knowledge of the what, the who, the how,
the when, and the damage it caused the government. Unfortunately, we
have yet to see the specificity of the allegations,” Gordon stressed.
He added that while the Committee may call for a hearing motu
proprio, I need to see the specific facts surrounding the alleged
offenses committed. “In legal parlance, I need a bill of particulars
to be fair to all concerned.”
“The tremendous powers of the Blue Ribbon Committee cannot be
exercised in a cavalier fashion that could only lead to abuse. We are
not in the business of chasing ghosts. We are in the business of doing
what is right,” Gordon further said.
“In the meantime, I have instructed the Blue Ribbon staff, as well as
my own office staff, to get in touch with the authorities to find out
whether there is “smoke and fire” that is right behind it. If there is
basis, I will not hesitate to act and do what is right,” he ended. (ai/mtvn)