The Senate committees on blue ribbon and electoral reforms postponed their scheduled joint inquiry into the alleged electoral fraud on Monday due to tropical storm “Sendong” that devastated a big area of Mindanao over the weekend, leaving more than 600 people dead and many others missing.
The Senate investigation was supposed to be held at 9 a.m. Monday.
Senator Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel Jr., Senate committee on electoral reforms chairman, personally attended to the immediate needs of his fellow Mindanaoans in Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, one of the areas most heavily-ravaged by the flash floods caused by the storm.
”I’m here in Cagayan de Oro City to personally assist my fellow Cagayanos who suffered so much from this tropical storm Sendong,” Pimentel said in a radio interview on Monday morning.
Senator Teofisto Guingona III, chairman of the Senate blue ribbon panel, comes from Bukidnon which, like Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City in Lanao del Norte, also bore the serious brunt of the deadly storm “Sendong.”
In-aid-of legislation, the joint committees of Pimentel and Guingona are investigating the alleged election cheatings in the 2004 and 2007 polls that were said to have benefited the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.