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.
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.