MANILA, July 28 (Mabuhay) — With the detention of Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile, members of the opposition bloc in the Senate are feeling the challenge of stepping up to live up to their role as fiscalizers.
“Malaking kawalan talaga na wala si Sen. Enrile. From six, apat na lang kami ngayon kaya challenge sa minority na magstep up, live up to the expectation,” Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito told reporters Monday before the Senate opened its session.
“Dati kahit mag-isa lang si Sen. Enrile, kaya niya lahat sila. Naramdaman ko yun lalo na nung last na hearing,” he added.
He said the minority bloc will be having a caucus to discuss the contra-SONA (State of the Nation Address) they will deliver in the next few days.
He added that they will visit Enrile after the SONA to seek guidance on which issues their contra-SONA should deal with.
Aside from Enrile, another member of the Senate minority bloc being detained on plunder and graft charges in connection with the alleged pork barrel scam is Senator Jinggoy Estrada.
Other members of the opposition are Senators Tito Sotto, Nancy Binay, and Gregorio Honasan II.
A member of the Senate majority bloc, Senator Ramon Bong Revilla Jr., is also detained in connection with the pork barrel scam. (MNS)