The Bangsamoro Parliament’s Ethics and Privileges Committee officially adopted their internal rules of procedure on Monday, September 25.
The highlight of their meeting was the rules to record witnesses’ testimonies verbatim to enhance transparency and accuracy in the committee’s proceedings.
The newly adopted rules emphasize the importance of safeguarding the records of witnesses’ testimonies. The committee secretariat is responsible for preserving and maintaining the confidentiality of these records.
Without the approval of the chairperson, these documents cannot be copied, withdrawn, or taken per the rules.
The CEP must also submit a report to the plenary outlining its findings and recommendations within 30 days of the inquiry’s termination.
CEP Chair Atty. Omar Yasser Sema said the rules are a mechanism for them to “police themselves in terms of performance, public appearance, and ethics.” (LTAIS-Public Information, Publication, and Media Relations Division)