- Senator Richard "Dick" Gordon had gotten his way and succeeded in both denying appearance for Commission on Human Rights (CHR) officials and putting off the hearing on extrajudicial killings (EJK) on Thursday, October 13
- In an earlier statement, the senator had said that he will not invite the CHR at the hearing unless they apologize
- The hearing had proceeded but the focus had been on the death penalty bill co-authored by Senator Manny Pacquiao, despite several protestations and motions from Senator Leila De Lima
Senator Richard "Dick" Gordon has gotten his way around the focus of the Senate hearing for Thursday, October 13.
Earlier reports had revealed that the original focus of the Senate hearing had been extrajudicial killings (EJK) but the refusal of the Justice Committee Chair to invite the officials and witnesses from the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) had prompted the senators to switch it to death penalty.
Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson had announced the switch earlier, despite the insistence of Senator Leila De Lima, who made a motion to hear out CHR Chairman Chito Gascon.
“I am not going to veer from the purpose of the investigation. The whole hearings have been so convoluted,” Gordon quipped.
De Lima had argued that the plenary was not the “proper venue” and that the committee should settle the matter.
Gordon had cut her, saying “noted, noted.” He also overruled De Lima's first and second motion, saying, "I will not be dissuaded…You’re going against the issue. You cannot control it the way you controlled it last time. You may bring it to the floor next time."
In a statement released by Senator Dick Gordon prior to the Senate hearing, he clarified that the CHR had been disrespectful of the Senate. He also reiterated that they will not be invited until they apologize.
"How can I invite somebody who has not apologized to us, has been disrespecting us. And issue good manners, right conduct, decorum, discipline in the ranks...
SO I HAVE BEEN CONSISTENT, THEY ARE INCONSISTENT. IT'S THEIR OWN LOOKOUT.....
WE DON'T NEED THEM. WE DON'T NEED THEM. UNTIL THEY APOLOGIZE... THEY HAVE TO RESPECT THE SENATE. WE'RE HELPING THEM."
The Senate justice panel terminated the investigation on extrajudicial killings by 4 p.m. and Justice Comm chair Senator Gordon says he'll try to come out with a report by Monday.