- Sen. Bong Go delivered a privilege speech during the Senate's online session on Thursday
- He criticized the government agencies for they have not provided medical practitioners with their needs
- Before he delivered his speech, he already said that he would not be taking questions thereafter as it would just take more time
- Sen. Franklin Drilon questioned this move of Go saying that interpellation, or the act of questioning after, is meant to strengthen the senate's position, but Go defended his refusal
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Sen. Bong Go, a neophyte senator and the closest ally of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte in the Senate delivered his privilege speech during the Senate's online session on Thursday.
Before his speech, where he criticized government agencies for not providing the needs of frontliners, he already declared that he will not be taking questions thereafter as it would only take time and would use up the time needed for other matters.
This deviates from the normal practice in the parliament of interpellation (a process of questioning the speaker about his speech).
Sen. Franklin Drilon, a veteran lawmaker, acknowledge the speech of Go but questioned his refusal.
He said that the Senate has "always been known to be the arena where the policies of the national government are debated either through laws or resolutions or through privilege speeches, and that is when theories are tested."
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Although Drilon admitted that Go has the privilege of whether to answer questions or not, Drilon asked the body if this would be the "new normal."
Sen. President Tito Sotto immediately came to side with Go saying that they can just move forward and that Go could answer questions on another occasion.
In a previous KAMI report, Sen. Tito Sotto confirmed that there were 12 Senate employees who tested positive for COVID-19.
Sen. Franklin Drilon is a veteran lawmaker and well-versed in parliamentary procedures. Sen. Bong Go is a neophyte senator and a known ally of Pres. Duterte.
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