Monday 21 August 2017

Sen. de Lima: I want to attend Senate probe on Kian Delos Santos slay

From the four corners of her detention cell, Senator Leila De Lima makes her voice heard again.

She just filed a very urgent supplemental motion for a legislative furlough to attend the Senate hearing on the death of the 17 year old senior high student from Caloocan City.

Last weekend, Senators comprising the majority bloc signed a resolution calling for an appropriate Senate committee hearing for inquiry and to determine the accountability of the members of the Philippine National Police in its anti-drug war campaign.
August 24, at 2pm the Senate committee on public order chaired by Senator Panfilo  will start the 1st hearing re the matter – Kian Loyd Delos Santos death and other killings relating to the anti-drug war of the administration.
Mug shot of Senator Leila de Lima taken during her booking at Camp Crame after her arrest on Drug charges (photo credit to PDI)

In the Senator’s motion she told the Supreme Court the gravity and urgency that she be allowed to discharge her mandate as an elected Senator of the country.

She noted the previous pronouncement of Senator Richard Gordonn, the chair of Senate committee on justice and human rights ““there is enough evidence to warrant an inquiry into the killing of Delos Santos as caught by a CCTV camera of the barangay where he was gunned down.” 

"It is a well-known and unfortunate fact that Kian is not the first casualty in the so-called 'war on drugs,' nor the first to be killed under suspicious circumstances," De Lima said.

The senator also made a warning that the current administrations war on drugs could get more “bloodier” and that the public at large should be given the assurance that the State will protect its citizenry from those who claims the role of “judge, jury, and executioner” without following the time honored principle of Due Process.

"In light of the foregoing, Petitioner hereby reiterates her plea before this Honorable Court for legislative furlough, not just in her own capacity as a duly elected member of the Senate of the Republic of the Philippines, but also on behalf of the millions of Filipinos she represents, pursuant to the mandate she received when more than 14 million Filipinos voted for her in the 2016 national elections," the motion read

She Dares the President.

Senator De Lima in her own handwriting  dared her nemesis President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to order the entire PNP to put an end to the killings in the name of his unrelenting  war on drugs.

Senator Leila de Lima on Tuesday dared President Rodrigo Duterte to order the entire police force to put an end to the killings in the name of his war against drugs.

“I dare you, Mr. President to issue a clear and categorical order to the entire police force to STOP THE KILLINGS NOW,”

“Any other way to try to appease the growing outrage sparked by the Kian killing and other recent incidents of summary execution under the mantle of the “One Time, Big Time” operations would be insufficient as it is hypocritical,” De Lima said.

“Just say it. Do it now, please,” she said.

reports from philstar and PDI
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