By Mario Casayuran
The Senate passed on Tuesday (May 9) a resolution that sought to create a select oversight committee on intelligence and confidential funds used by various government agencies.
This followed admissions that there were failures in intelligence in the twin bombings near a mosque in Quiapo, Manila over the weekend. These resulted in the death of two persons and the wounding of scores of innocent civilians.
Through the approved Senate Resolution 361, the Senate can now reconstitute the select oversight committee on intelligence and confidential funds to enable it ‘’to oversee the efficiency of concerned government institutions in the production of accurate and timely intelligence information to better deal with the threats to national security, including the maintenance of peace and order.”
“In light of the recent threats to our country’s national security, including disturbance to peace and order by lawless elements, the importance of gathering intelligence information by concerned government agencies cannot be overstated,” said Sen. Gregorio B. Honasan II, who authored the resolution.
Based on the resolution, the new select oversight committee on intelligence and confidential funds in the 17th Congress would allow the Senate to “continue exercising its oversight functions over the use, disbursement and expenditures of confidential and intelligence funds granted to certain government agencies; and to provide vigilant legislative oversight over the conduct of these activities.”
After the adoption of the resolution, Honasan was named the chairman of the oversight committee, while Senators Panfilo M. Lacson, Richard J. Gordon, Emmanuel D. Pacquiao, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV and Francis Pangilinan were named as members of the committee.