I admire the wisdom shown by former Senator Joker Arroyo and appreciate the precise and convincing way by which he articulated and dissected the issue about the lengthy BRSC inquiry which already lasted for 5 months. And he profoundly questions the wisdom behind the issuance of the "detention order" issued to Mayor Junjun Binay of Makati City and five others, it being decided only by the BRC chairman "TG" Guingona with at least one senator. He cited it as based on the amendment adopted by the Senate in February 6, 2013 before the close of 15th Congress. Joker questioned the validity of the order citing that the 20-committee members did not participate in the proceedings and, therefore, presumed the order to be arbitrary. The investigation which is supposed to be in aid of legislation is supposed to forward its findings and recommendations to the Ombudsman and not attempt to mete out punishment. That investigation has been going on for too long and is only wasting its precious time which could have been devoted to more meaningful legislative agenda to improve the nation's economy and uplift the lives of the people, Joker observed.
Footnote: This comment came out in connection with a news item in Philstar, entitled, "Joker questions Guingona's order to arrest Junjun Binay." It came out on January 27, 2015.