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Senate minority slams PACC

Hananeel Bordey

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The members of the Senate Minority bloc lambasted the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) after it asked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to probe Vice President Leni Robredo over the alleged illegal solicitations to fight the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spread.

In a statement, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and Senators Francis Pangilinan and Risa Hontiveros said that PACC’s move will just embarrass the government, stressing that helping people — especially those who are less privileged — is not a crime.

It added that no one has the monopoly of helping alleviate the sufferings of the people and they expect everyone to support all public and private initiatives in responding quickly until coronavirus disease pandemic is finally defeated.

Meantime, Pangilinan and Hontiveros also issued two separate statements reiterating that Robredo is just helping the government in her own way to prevent further damage brought by COVID-19.

To recall, PACC Commissioner Manuelito Luna said Robredo should be probed over her “illegal solicitations” that “undermine” the administration’s efforts, saying that the Vice President may be committing violations of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council Law and protocols of the Inter-Agency Task Force of Emerging Infectious Disease, among others.

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