CAYETANO TO SKIP SENATE HEARINGS ON “MAMASAPANO” AND BINAY’S UNEXPLAINED WEALTH

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – Senator Alan Peter Cayetano would not be attending the January 27 reopening of the Mamasapano Senate probe of the Mamasapano Massacre that killed 44 Philippine National Police Special Forces and the possible resumption of the hearing on the
alleged anomalies committed by Vice- President Jejomar Binay.

Nevertheless, he said, he will participate in the proceedings by sending questions to the investigative committees in the two Senate hearings.

Cayetano, who was here late Wednesday for a brief visit, said that he will leave the investigations to be conducted by his colleagues in the Senate who are not candidates for the 2016 elections.

“Some of us are running (for various positions in the 2016
elections), so how are we going to continue the hearings to keep it away from politics? Let us leave these to those who are not candidates,” he said.

It was Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile who called for the Senate to reopen the Mamasapano inquiry, while Sen. Antonio Trillanes expressed intention to continue the
hearing on the unexplained wealth allegations against Binay.

“Let them continue the investigations without me. At least, I can still sign the reports of the committees,” Cayetano said.

Cayetano said he wanted the truth to come out of the two cases that prompted him to propose the resumption of the hearings even before Christmas but, he said, it was aborted.

“We want to know the whole truth. I am not in favor of a case closed, we need a case solved,” he said.

Cayetano said attending the Senate inquiries would be interpreted as politicking on his part since he was running as a vice-presidential candidate. JUN ELIAS / northboundasia.com