Senator Leila de Lima on Friday criticized her colleague, Senator Richard Gordon, for treating with child gloves and “openly” lawyering for presidential son, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, and presidential son-in-law, Atty. Manases Carpio, throughout their look in his blue ribbon committee Thusday.
“I guess it is only to be expected when in the presence of the ‘The Prince That Was Promised’,” she mentioned in an announcement.
Based on what she heard and noticed through the Senate listening to, de Lima mentioned it was apparent that Gordon made certain Senator Antonio Trillanes IV wouldn’t step out of bounds in grilling Duterte and Carpio.
She famous that every time Duterte or Carpio have been being backed right into a nook by Trillanes, Gordon was fast to admonish Trillanes together with his mantra: “everybody has rights here.”
“Yes Sen. Gordon, everybody has rights. Not just ‘here’ in the Senate but even in the streets. Right? Apparently, not. While rights exist and are important if you are the son and son-in-law of the President, it appears that it is not necessarily so if you’re a tokhang or EJK (extrajudicial killing) victim,” she mentioned.
“If you happen to be the latter, then the current justice and human rights committee chair is there to tell you that you don’t exist or you’re a false statistic. There can be no EJK victims if there are no EJKs, right?” De Lima, clearly addressing he assertion to Gordon, mentioned.
Gordon took over as justice and human rights committee after de Lima was ousted for insisting on digging up Presidenti Rodrigo Duterte’s alleged ties to the Davao Death Squad.
De Lima was reacting to the statements made by Gordon through the listening to, in between Trillanes’ interrogation on the presidential son’s now controversial tattoo which might allegedly show his membership with a drug triad.
Paolo repeatedly invoked his proper to privateness and Gordon “respectfully requested” Trillanes to “not make allegations with out foundation as a result of (a drug) triad (problem) is a really critical accusation.
“We should not abuse any of the witnesses here,” mentioned Gordon.
“The chair would like to counsel everyone here to be very careful because everybody has rights here and the chair intends to make sure that respect those rights,” Gordon added.