- The House of Representative's Magnificent 7 has once again made their presence felt as they express their sentiments and scathing comments about the ongoing House probe on the proliferation of drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP)
- The solons have all seen the drug probe as anything but a legitimate drug probe
- Five of the seven representatives publicly decry the government's treatment of the president's critics and urge the public to be more objective in judging
The Magnificent 7, a stalwart of the Legitimate 8 - a group of opposition solons - poke fun at the House probe on drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
Following the controversial statement from kidnap-for-ransom and carjacking kingpin Jaybee Sebastian which implicates Senator Leila De Lima further in the illegal drug trade at the national penitentiary, the unofficial minority band of lawmakers have expressed their two cents on the ongoing drug probe.
In an earlier statement, Albay Representative Edcel Lagman had tagged the House probe as part of "partisan adventurism" in politics.
Just recently, veteran representative and the "bedrock" of the Magnificent 7 has called the Justice Committee Hearing on Bilibid drug trade as "a comedy of errors".
Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano, on the other hand, had said, "may kaniya-kaniyang interes ang mga high profile inmates na humarap sa House of Representatives bilang testigo."
(Each of the high profile inmates who appeared before the House of Representatives as witness have their own interest.)
Ifugao Representative and the nominal leader of the Magnificent 7, Teddy Brawner Baguilat Jr. had called the House probe a "publicity stunt" and a "warning" to critics. According to Baguilat, friends from the 'supermajority' have also noted the woes of the beleaguered Senator Leila De Lima and had said, "If you’re a critic of the administration, they could do anything to you."
“I’m not saying that by being in the minority, you have to be obstructionist. But you have to be objective. You have to be critical. Like the media, you are the vanguard,” he added.
The Akbayan party-list Representative, Tomasito Villarin, had agreed with Baguilat in saying that the Magnificent 7 will not be cowed nor cower in fear.
"We fight for democracy and our freedom of expression," Villarin said.
In one of his Twitter posts, he also urged the public to "call out the emperor with no clothes".
Representative Edgar Erice from Caloocan, on the other hand, had called the ongoing drug probe "garbage". According to Erice, "It's garbage. It's a propaganda tool to cover up the EJK investigation."
Other members of the House of Representatives' "Magnificent 7" are Capiz Representative Emmanuel Billones and Northern Samar Representative Raul Daza.
House Justice Committee Chair and Oriental Mindoro Representative Reynaldo Umali had clarified, however, that there is no cover up of any kind in the on the Bilibid drug trade investigation.
"No coverup, no whitewash, no nothing," says Umali.