President Duterte To Allow Galvez, Duque To Attend Senate Hearings

President Duterte said that he will allow Galvez and Duque to attend Senate hearings.

President Rodrigo Duterte said that he will allow NTF Chief Implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to attend Senate hearings to “complete their story”.

President Duterte said that he will allow Galvez and Duque to attend Senate hearings.
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In his Talk to the People address aired Thursday morning, President Duterte said that he will allow Secretary Duque to “complete his story” since he already testified before the House of Representatives.

Just to allow [Senator Richard] Gordon to show more of his stupidity. Kaya pabalikin ko sila. Sabihin lang ninyo, just tell the plain truth kay Gordon. Kung putol-putolin kayo edi iconnect niyo ulit,” President Duterte said.

The President has praised inquiries conducted by the House of Representatives, saying that the lower chamber allowed witnesses to talk, unlike the Senate.

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President Duterte also said that he wanted Duque and Galvez to “finish their story” since they’ve already started it, adding that they should go back there if they have more questions.

However, he reiterated that he will no longer allow other Cabinet members to testify before Congress if he felt there’s an abuse of authority.

The President said this just a few days after requiring Cabinet officials to secure clearance from him before attending investigations led by the Senate Blue Ribbon committee.

Both the Senate and House had been conducting investigations into the government’s procurement of medical items related to the pandemic response.

Meanwhile, President Duterte ordered Solicitor General Jose Calida to formally request the Commission on Audit (COA) to audit the Philippine Red Cross.

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