APO Production Unit general manager Dominic Tajon drew flak from solons during the budget plenary debates of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) after he was caught drinking alcohol while virtually attending.
The printing office is state-run and owned by PCOO, and due to the “disrespectful” behavior exhibited during the Senate session, deliberations on the agency’s budget were deferred to a later date.
“This is total disrespect for the Senate, we are in session. They are inside the session hall virtually and they are taking alcoholic drinks during our session,” remarked Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon.
Drilon also moved to censure Tajon, which was approved immediately.
Presiding officer Senator Sherwin Gatchalian added that he was informed by the Senate sergeant-at-arms of Tajon’s inappropriate behavior.
“We can all see you. We can all see what you are doing and keep this as a proper formal hearing. May I remind Mr. Tajon to stop moving around because we are getting very distracted with your camera moving around. Our sergeant-at-arms is quite disturbed with the constant movement of the camera of Mr. Tajon,” Gatchalian said.
Because of the seeming mockery of the proceedings by the PCOO-attached group, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri dealt additional punishment in motioning to require the heads of all PCOO-attached agencies to physically attend their budget deliberations, or receive nothing.
“We will require all these agencies to be present here like we are every day… Failure to attend for the agency head we just zero their budget,” Zubiri declared.