Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Sunday sneered at the Department of Justice (DOJ) for attacking his colleague Sen. Risa Hontiveros for taking custody of the witnesses in the killing of 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos.
“Why they are so concerned about the custody (of the witnesses)? Hindi ba dapat tulungan nila na maproteksyunan itong mga testigong ito para makapagsabi ng malaya at totoo kung ano man ang nangyari? Bakit ho concerned sila na na kay Sen. Hontiveros (ang mga testigo)? Nag-iisip lang ako kung bakit ganun,” Drilon stated in a radio interview.
The senator additionally questioned why the DOJ usually are not even providing or offering assist to the three witnesses, two of them are minors, to make sure safety following threats they acquired and authorized help.
Drilon stated the DOJ ought to as an alternative be exerting efforts to make sure that the testimony of the witnesses can be truthful slightly than interact on a “custody battle” of kind with Hontiveros.
“Kami po ay hindi makikipag agawan sa kanila. Ang amin lang, ang kay Sen. Hontiveros lang, dapat mailabas ang katotohanan,” he stated. Hontiveros, a member of the minority bloc in the Senate, wasted no time in securing the wellbeing of the witnesses.
The DOJ and the even the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), she stated, couldn’t be trusted to guard the witnesses given the undeniable fact that Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre II already claimed that Delos Santos’ death was “blown out of proportion by media” whereas the PAO had issued assertion insisting that there are not any extrajudicial killings beneath the Duterte administration.