- Senator Leila De Lima says he will not back out despite the Solicitor General's promise to protect the PNP officials
- Senator Leila De Lima is still pushing for investigation regarding drug-related police operations that ends in death
- De Lima said the SolGen should not react that way if he truly believes the PNP officials are truly innocent
The DOJ Secretary turned Senator Lila De Lima will still push for a resolution in the Senate to conduct inquiry and investigation regarding the extrajudicial killings committed by police officers during their operations to bust illegal drugs users and traffickers.
On Monday, July 11, Solicitor General Jose Calida said that he will provide all the legal support for the -PNP officers who will be facing harassment charges following the soon-to-be Senate investigations.
In response, the Senator is wondering why they react that way if the PNP officials are indeed innocent.
"'Yan nga pinagtataka ko. Why is there such a reaction?" De Lima told the reporters. "If they're confident na above board lahat 'yan, na sinusunod ang mga dapat sundin, mga patakaran o batas, lalo ang Saligang Batas, bakit ganyan reaction nila?"
(That’s what I am wondering about. Why is there such a reaction? If they’re confident that everything is above board, that they are following what needs to be followed, rules or laws, especially the Constitution, why do they react like that?)
On the same instance, SolGen Calida said that the proposed Senate investigation is not entirely an ‘investigation in aid of legislation’ as the senator claims it to be, but only a ‘media mileage’. On this, De Lima responded that she knows the nature of a Senate inquiry and that she knows the rule and the Constitution.
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Her party-mate and Senate President Franklin Drilon supported De Lima’s proposal.
Drilon even commented that the Solicitor General’s statements are very uncalled for and reeking with arrogance. He said he should not interfere with legislative affairs.
"While we laud and support the campaign against illegal drugs of the PNP, the Senate cannot sit idly on allegations of extrajudicial killings that saw a spike in the recent months," Drilon said.
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Despite the executive department’s opposition to her proposed move, De Lima maintained that she will not back down.
"I will not be intimidated. I will still push for my proposal to conduct a Senate inquiry unless the majority of my colleagues overrule me," she said.
De Lima and Duterte are known to be in long-term opposition with each other. During her term as Chief Justice, the DOJ conducted an investigation against then Davao Mayor Duterte in a case of extrajudicial killings.
Duterte, in return, threatened to file a case against De Lima for the unresolved New Bilibid Prison (NBP) drug issue. - Kami Media