Saguisag files ethics case vs 2 congressmen

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Saguisag files ethics case vs 2 congressmen
The former senator accuses Buhay party-list Representative Lito Atienza and Abakada party-list Representative Jonathan dela Cruz of 'terrorizing' peace negotiators

MANILA, Philippines – Former senator Rene Saguisag has filed an ethics complaint against two congressmen for their alleged “prosecutorial terrorism” of proponents of the proposed Bangsamoro bill.

Saguisag filed a formal complaint against Buhay party-list Representative Jose “Lito” Atienza Jr and Abakada party-list Representative Jonathan dela Cruz, who had filed treason and inciting to sedition charges against government and MILF peace negotiators, and others involved in the drafting of the proposed measure. (READ: Lawmakers file treason complaint vs peace negotiators)

He formally filed the complaint with Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr and the House ethics committee to initiate a formal investigation against the two lawmakers.

“The two congressmen…have to be probed by their peers as a guide to future action and prevent a repeat of premature ejaculation, as it (was), causing needless departmental tension,” Saguisag said in a formal letter complaint transmitted to the office of Belmonte on Thursday morning, July 16.

He added, “The situation seems to call for action by your ethics panel or its functional equivalent, even an ad hoc one, to avoid a repetition of the mischief.”

Saguisag is the legal counsel of 4 people in the case filed by the two congressmen – government chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, peace panel members Senen Bacani and Yasmin Busran-Lao, and peace panel consultant  Zenaida Brosas.

“The superior idea should prevail and therefore the arguably misguided duo should be reminded to win over their peers, and not to pick any needless quarrel with the executive, and even a sitting Supreme Court Justice, with remarkable incomprehensible and mind-boggling charges of treason and sedition,” he said.

Saguisag suggested that instead to going to court, Atienza and Dela Cruz should just rally their fellow lawmakers to thumb down the Bangsamoro bill “on the basis of legally tenable, intellectually respectable, and psychologically satisfying arguments.”

“Lawmakers are in the business of crafting laws and policies, not in jailing people,” he said. –

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