MANILA, Philippines — Several senators on Friday pushed back against President Rodrigo Duterte’s call for the Senate not to probe ongoing government programs, with one lawmaker stressing the need for “better,” not “weaker,” mechanisms for accountability amid the pandemic.
“The Senate is simply doing its job. The [government] offices have nothing to worry about if they are doing nothing wrong!” Senate President Vicente Sotto III said in a message to reporters.
“The Senate is investigating issues of the past not ongoing,” he added.
“I will not allow skirmishes to derail important pieces of legislation, [e]specially the GAA [General Appropriations Act],” the Senate leader sai…