The Committee can demand, if it so desires, the submission of pertinent documents of confidential and intelligence funds (CIFs) such as approved intelligence project proposals and the like. The minority bloc is an indispensable part of the select committee.
The present Senate can constitute such a select committee by electing its members and thereafter exercise its functions.
Senate Resolution 310 reactivates a Select Oversight Committee on Intelligence and Confidential Funds, Programs and Activities to investigate the efficiency of government agencies in their use of intelligence and confidential funds. (co-author with Senate President Sotto)
On Feb. 10, 2020, the resolution was adopted, with Sen. Lacson designated as chairman. Members include Senators Bong Go, Bato dela Rosa, Francis Tolentino and Nancy Binay (majority); and Kiko Pangilinan and Risa Hontiveros (minority).
In an interview on DWIZ, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– COA report that Office of the President’s confidential/intel funds up 350% from 2016
– killing of Mayor Antonio Halili
– peace talks with CPP-NPA-NDF
– proposed amendments to the Constitution