Study for EO 464 lifting needed, says Mindanao exec
By Mai Gevera
Davao City (1 March) -- After the call of the Catholic Bishops Council of the Philippines on lifting Executive Order 464, Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario has supported Malacanang's move of forming a legal team to study this recommendation.
Del Rosario said he understood why President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo approved the said order just so to protect the credibility of her cabinet from the plans of the critics in destroying the stability of the country's economy.
He stressed that the cabinet members were only saved by PGMA from being shamefully interrogated by the Senate.
"It was also very clear that the interrogations they had were only intended for their personal motives and not to file a case on anyone who they have proven to have violated the law," del Rosario said.
However, he suggested that if the CBCP had raised this recommendation as their answer to the issues faced by PGMA, then it is but proper that the administration should carefully weigh if EO 464 should be revoked.
The CBCP, on Tuesday, found it necessary to shed light to the ongoing investigations in the Senate regarding the NBN-ZTE deal that involved some cabinet members.
The bishops felt that the truth can only come out if everyone, even the ones close to the President, must face the investigation proceedings.
The EO 464 was approved by PGMA to ban government officials from testifying in congressional inquiries with her permission.
It also bans the disclosure of highly confidential information like trade secrets and national security which the President feels need to be kept to protect the nation.
Del Rosario, on the other hand, said that if this is the best way to solve graft and corruption, then this executive order must then be revoked. (PIA) [top]