Let investigators do their job – Belmonte

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SPEAKER Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. today expressed concern over two recent security-related events that continue to hog the national consciousness – the Atimonan tragedy and the American ship that ran aground at the Tubbataha Reef National Park.

“Those are two very worrisome events for all of us,” Belmonte told members of media hours before resumption of sessions.

On the U.S. Navy ship stuck at the Tubbataha Reef National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the House leader asked: “What is a U.S. navy ship doing in the area?”

At the same time, Belmonte said that since appropriate government agencies are now looking into the separate incidents, it is best to allow the said investigations to come to their appropriate conclusions.

“Let’s give them the chance to do what they are doing,” Belmonte said, adding that “definitely I am keeping an eye on those two very serious events.”

On the possibility of separate congressional inquiries into the said incidents, the House leader said he would not want to preempt the collective action or decision of the membership.

“It’s up to the House,” Belmonte said, expecting that any or some members could speak on the matter in plenary.

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