Senate killings probe possible – Pimentel

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CONCERNED government officials are expected to cooperate with the Senate once the chamber starts its investigation of a spate of killings of drug suspects in the country, incoming Senate President Aquilino Pimentel 3rd said on Tuesday.

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According to Pimentel, it is too early for anyone to “dismiss” the plan of Sen. Leila de Lima to call for a Senate inquiry, in aid of legislation, into the killings since she has not even officially filed any resolution on the matter.

“Whether Senator de Lima’s resolution to investigate drug-related killings is in aid of legislation can only be determined after we read the resolution,” he said.

Pimentel heads the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) of President Rodrigo Duterte.

He noted that the Senate hearing will depend on how de Lima will justify the investigation “in aid of legislation” and he expects everyone and all agencies to cooperate once the inquiry is in full swing.

In a separate interview, Sen. Panfilo Lacson maintained that he has not seen sufficient basis that could justify an inquiry since de Lima has not yet filed her resolution.

He said the Senate may even be accused of engaging in a “fishing expedition” if they conduct an inquiry and invite police officers based on mere speculations.

“Now if there is even a small basis that would justify an inquiry, then we have to support the resolution calling for it,” Lacson added.

He said he is not discounting such possibility because many things could happen between now and the time de Lima’s resolution is read in first reading, possibly justifying an inquiry.

Pimentel said the Duterte administration’s campaign to uphold human rights is not only aimed in putting a stop to abuses but also going after the abusive.

“I join President Duterte’s administration in the fight against abuse as well as the abusive. We should rid our society of all forms of abuse by helping each other,” he added.

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4 Comments

  1. Mabait na Pinoy on

    The Senate meant to investigate the vigilante killings? the case of father and son in Pasay City that was executed by a policeman on their way to the jail cell? These cases need to be investigated because killings, in the name of drugs, are getting out of control and it is very clear that rules have been violated everyday in fighting drug crimes. DU30 and BATO need to regroup, rethink, reconsider, and reevaluate all the tactics and techniques they have been using in combatting drugs. Their methodology in combatting drugs needs to be in line and acceptable under the existing laws, and human rights need to be respected as well. However, these rules do not apply to the soldiers hunting the ASG and the law of the jungle should be the only law that these soldiers need to know and comply– “The strong will survive and the weak will die”.

  2. In fairness to the Filipino people, there should also be an investigation why drugs are cooked, distributed and sold inside the Bilibid prison during De Lima’s term as D.O.J.

  3. De Lima please dont be a pain in the Ass!! to the Filipino people and this new administration clamoring for true change in our country! You’ve been Chair of CHR and Head of DOJ but you failed miserably in protecting human rights of the victims of crime and drugs and you failed to prosecute criminals and druglords in muntinlupa, STOP pretending to be an advocate of good governance and peace/order. You don’t have any credibility.

  4. Nobody is questioning the authority of the senate to initiate an investigation provided it is in aide of legislation. The problem with these politicos, it is always for grandstanding and media mileage! For so many hearing they have conducted, nothing happended nor any new law created. Example, mamasapano, binay hearings, laglag bala-Naia, MRT 3, etc…. puro hearings wla naman nangyayari. Nakaka umay na kayo mga senators!