Mere invitation will do

AS the defense panel is all set for its turn before the Senate impeachment court, known witnesses including those at the House of Representatives have indicated their desire to testify primarily on their positions when they didn’t sign the alleged railroaded Articles of Impeachment before the complaint was submitted to the Upper Chamber.

But Rep. Toby Tiangco, of Navotas City, appears to be different from his colleagues like Reps. Hermilando Mandanas of Batangas and Crispin Remulla of Cavite. While Mandanas and Remulla had no qualms in appearing before the Senate trial they nonetheless will do it if they are subpoenaed citing the so-called inter-parliamentary courtesy.

For the former long-time Navotas mayor-turned-lawmaker, an invitation will do.

In a recent phone conversation, Cong. Toby was quoted as saying that he didn’t have to be summoned or sent with a subpoena by the impeachment court as he’s much obliging to testify and say his piece.

“No need for a subpoena, mere invitation will be OK for me,” he said. However, what he had uttered could change anytime as the defense panel has shown its preparedness to take their turn to controvert the claims of the prosecution against the embattled Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Especially so when his colleagues (Mandanas and Remulla) had both shown their cooperation to testify but, again, if they receive subpoena from the Senate impeachment court.

Without revealing what he will testify about, in Rep. Toby’s body language implies that he has bombshells that would neither say it would be good for the defense nor advantageous for the prosecution. “So let’s just wait and see,” the Navotas congressman could only remark.

Meanwhile, his younger brother who succeeded him at the city government helm, Mayor John Rey Tiangco, is more preoccupied in dealing with the problems besetting Navotas and its residents as well.

As the local government steps up its cleaning and greening program, the mayor could not help praising hundreds of volunteers who have been actively participating in the campaign that he says has been a big boost especially in the coastal clean-up drive.

The mayor was specifically citing the involvement of around 500 personnel from the Philippine Navy, Philippine National Police, Barangay Tanza, students from various maritime schools in the country and members from various non-government organizations and civic groups on the local government’s “Navotas Ko Love Ko, Lingap sa Kapaligiran” program.

Mayor John Rey says: “With the positive response from the public even those who reside outside the city, we can expect a beautiful and clean coastal area that has always been affected especially during typhoons to the detriment of residents living near it.”

“Cooperation is the key to the rehabilitation of the coastal environment of our areas,” he adds.

Other important message the program wants to instill in the minds of the residents is for them to love their city and take care of its surroundings.


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