The Senate is considering the idea of putting up its own security force after Malaca-ñang recently recalled the deploy-ment of the Special Action Force (SAF) unit of the Philippine National Police (PNP) even as the law provides for the detailing of uniformed personnel to the two Houses of Congress.
The pulling out of SAF members has been the subject of the latest “row” between the Palace and the chamber.
Despite claims by authorities that SAF members are being merely recalled temporarily, Senate President Manuel Villar Jr., during an interview with reporters, yesterday noted that it appears the executive is now denying them with police protection and assistance.
“It shows the Executive department’s lack of concern for the Senate and the House of Representatives as an institution. This is not doing any good to the image of President Arroyo because it reflects how she sees the Senate as an institution. It smacks of disrespect to a co-equal body by the President herself,” Villar said in denouncing the move taken by the PNP recently.
Napaka-petty naman ng Malacanang.