Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Hayden Kho - Katrina Halili Video Scandal — The Senate Hearing Should Not Be in Executive Session

27 May 2009

Hayden Kho's desire to hold the Senate hearing tomorrow in executive session goes against the public interest. Senator Jamby Madrigal is correct in wanting the hearing to be as public as possible.  

This is the report by Jun Veneracion of GMA-7's Saksi:

The immense significance of tomorrow's hearing cannot be understated. After foisting this scandal on a Filipino public which has grown tired of investigations that lead nowhere and yield no significant change in society, the Senate should now make sure that a judicious balance between the people's right to know and the right to privacy of the individuals who will testify in the hearing is attained.

After showing immense interest in the controversy, the Filipino public now expects that they will be treated as mature members of our society whose guidance and decision is not sought only during election time but in critical moments like this where public sensibility will be seriously offended if they will be shut out of information over an issue that will surely affect the future direction of this country.

An interesting sidelight of tomorrow's hearing will be how Senators Jamby Madrigal and Alan Peter Cayetano will conduct themselves since these will be a joint hearing conducted by their respective committees.  The public spat between these two senators is public knowledge since Senator Madrigal filed a complaint over the C-5  double insertion controversy against Senator Manny Villar who is being vigorously defended by Senator Cayetano.

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