Senators are poised to include President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Bong Go in their investigation on questionable contracts in the government’s P67-Billion Coovid-19 response fund.
Senator Richard Gordon, chair of the Senate blue ribbon committee, said this a day after he was called a loudmouth by Duterte.
Duterte, in his Talk to the Natin on Monday, chided Gordon, over the lengthy conduct of an inquiry into the Department of Health’s utilization of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic response funds.
He snapped at Gordon for being “talkative” and for throwing “leading questions” during the Senate hearing into the government’s spending of Covid-19 funds.
Duterte also branded Gordon as a “talkathon champion.”
Duterte advised the public not to reelect lawmakers who are taking advantage of their position as the 2022 elections draw near.
The President then slammed the Senate hearing as full of “malice” and warned that he would order government officials to either skip hearings or refuse to answer senators’ questions – even though investigating questionable government deals is part of the Senate’s mandate.
Gordon said his panel can no longer ignore Duterte’s connections to two personalities embroiled in shady multi-billion contracts for medical supplies: former budget undersecretary Lloyd Christopher Lao and former presidential adviser Michael Yang.