Santiago seeks Senate probe on US lobby deal
In a still unnumbered resolution, Santiago pointed out that aside from Gonzales, the National Security Council also includes the Senate committee heads on foreign relations, national defense and security, and public order and illegal drugs.
Santiago said Senate should reexamine the power of the NSC and its adviser and determine the legal liability, if any, of Gonzalez for acting beyond his authority.
She said it should identify the private patrons of the contract, how much has already been paid to Venable, and where the money came from.
Santiago said Senate should also look into how the contract violates Philippine sovereignty.
Gonzales said Thursday government's deal with Venable LPP was largely for "defense matters" but admitted that lobbying in the US Congress for Charter change was part of the deal.
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Sunday ordered the contract cancelled.