Senator Grace Poe: stupid is the name

In yesterday’s Blue Ribbon committee hearing into the COA audit report into “deficiencies” in the Department of Health’s liquidation of the P67.3 billion COVID 19 fund released to the agency, she posed the question: “shouldn’t the Ombudsman suspend Secretary Duque by now?”

My outright response to her: Madam Senator, you are stupid.

The Ombudsman does not suspend Cabinet members. That would be a direct insult to the President. You forget that Cabinet members are alter egos of the President. They can be investigated by the Ombudsman administratively and criminally for offenses directly attributable or committed by them. But to suspend them for lapses or even violations committed by subordinates in an agency is downright stupid and ridiculous.

If your argument is given weight, then Cabinet members will constantly face such hazard for offenses committed by subordinate officials. No Cabinet member can function for fear that he or she will be held culpable for offenses not his or her own.

This statement stretches the principle of command responsibility too far.

That cannot find any precedent or basis in fact or law. If such stupidity becomes the norm, the Executive will be crippled by fear.

Stick to your job as Senator.

About Manuel "Boy" Mejorada
Manuel "Boy" Mejorada is a journalist and social media activist. A former Iloilo provincial administrator, he is now waging a crusade against corruption and narco-politics.

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