Senator ousted from justice committee

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THE Senate on Monday removed Sen. Leila De Lima as head of the Senate justice and human rights committee, less than a week after she presented a confessed killer as witness to alleged summarily killings ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte when he was mayor of Davao City.

VACANT Senator Emmanuel Pacquiao (left) confers with Senator Alan Peter Cayetano during Monday’s session. Pacquiao moved to declare the entire Senate justice committee, headed by Sen. Leila de Lima, vacant. De Lima was ousted by 16 of her colleagues. PHOTO BY BOB DUNGO JR.

VACANT Senator Emmanuel Pacquiao (left) confers with Senator Alan Peter Cayetano during Monday’s session. Pacquiao moved to declare the entire Senate justice committee, headed by Sen. Leila de Lima, vacant. De Lima was ousted by 16 of her colleagues. PHOTO BY BOB DUNGO JR.

With 16 affirmative votes, four negative votes and two abstentions, the chamber ousted de Lima of the Liberal Party and named Sen. Richard Gordon as the new head of the justice committee.

Only Liberal Party Senators Franklin Drilon, Paolo Benigno Aquino 4th, Francis Pangilinan and Risa Hontiveros voted against de Lima’s ouster, while Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto and Antonio Trillanes 4th abstained from voting.

De Lima’s ouster came after Sen. Emmanuel Pacquiao moved to declare the chairmanship and membership of the justice committee vacant.

Drilon, the Senate president pro-tempore, asked to be recognized, and pointed out there was no rule that allowed a member of the Senate to declare vacant the chairmanship of a committee.

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel 3rd then moved to suspend the session to go on a caucus to discuss Pacquiao’s motion.

Prior to the ouster move, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano delivered a privilege speech wherein he lamented how some politicians were supposedly using the Senate in their plot to damage President Rodrigo Duterte’s reputation and reclaim power.

He said the efforts to discredit the administration have taken a heavy toll on the country’s image worldwide.

“The Senate is being used to mislead the public and the international media. At first it was to discredit the President and his efforts. But now it’s different,” Cayetano said.

While Cayetano was delivering his speech, de Lima walked out of the hall.

De Lima claimed the President was behind her ouster.

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar immediately denied this, pointing out that the Senate belongs to a separate branch of government.

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto 3rd said the inquiry of the justice committee on the spate of drug-related killings in the country would continue.

As for the fate of Matobato, Sotto said the decision on providing the witness protective custody would be up to the committee leadership.

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  1. These investigations…Delima’s on ‘Duterte’s Death Squad’ and Duterte’s on Delima’s involvement with the ‘drug lords’ at the NBP…aren’t just getting out of hand; they are showing the whole world how corrupt, depraved and ignorant the Philippines really is. Given that these are the Office of the President, (the executive branch); and the Senators, (the legislative branch)…entities that are exemplars of the citizenry…the spectacle will surely assume a mantle of credibility worldwide. And, this ‘road show’ is on national TV for all to see.
    The President, for sure, may have an axe to grind against Senator Delima owing to her earlier activities as a ‘Human Rights Investigator’. But, did he have to dredge up and make public all that lewd and salacious dirt; and,did he not expect some form of retaliation from a feisty woman Senator who had her own style and means of fighting back? This vulgar and licentious pageant is worse than any ‘tele-serie’ on TV today. This is voyeurism and I hope the participants, along with the ‘international press’ enjoy it. The public certainly are not amused.

    Only the participants…the President and the Senators…could make these distasteful and painful proceedings a ‘closed door affair’. I think they should make it so…’pronto’.

  2. after Sen. Emmanuel Pacquiao moved to declare the chairmanship and membership of the justice committee vacant.

    Drilon pointed out there was no rule that allowed a member of the Senate to declare vacant the chairmanship of a committee.
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    Pacquiao making motions that do not exist.

    Why didn’t the person who told Pacquiao what to say just do it themselves instead of using Pacquiao as a stooge ?

  3. If decision made were based on greed, power and prestege, that is very bad for the people. A group of Big Shot without opposition is totally bad.

  4. “The Senate is being used to mislead the public and the international media. At first it was to discredit the President and his efforts.
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    The Senate has always misled the public and usually just conducts sham investigations to cover up and whitewash and protect the ruling party. That’s all they have ever done.

    The SAF 44 investigation – cover up and whitewash led by senator poe

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