In previous committee hearings, De Lima-who served as head of the Commission of Human Rights (CHR) before her election in the senate-has been criticized by opposition senators for her alleged impartiality in the conduct of her committee's hearing on the administration's campaign to combat drug addiction and criminality.
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian yesterday denied insinuations that President Duterte had a hand in the ouster of Senator Leila de Lima as chairperson of the Senate justice and human rights committee Monday night. If his testimony was full of inconsistencies and impossibilities, why did the President's allies in the Senate seek to insulate him from further attack by ousting De Lima?
Andanar said the Office of the President had not interfered with her committee's investigations, and that Mr. Duterte had even allowed the National Police chief, Director General Ronald dela Rosa, to attend and testify at the Senate hearings.
To recall, a complaint was previously filed by lawyer Abelardo de Jesus against De Lima in relation to her culpability in the reported illegal drug operations inside the New Bilibid Prison.
As of 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, De Lima said she has been bombarded by text messages, numbering nearly 2,000, and "several phone calls from unknown persons, threatening me, harassing me, calling me the vilest of names".
Pacquiao along with Senators Francis Pangilinan, de Lima, Juan Miguel Zubiri, Grace Poe and Alan Cayetano were also elected as members of the committee during a senate vote held today.
Last week, the Philippines' Permanent Representative to the United Nations Cecilia Rebong told the U.N. that Duterte has never empowered police officers to "shoot to kill" any individual suspected of drug crimes.
Matobato claimed that the death squad had killed about 1,000 persons in Davao City allegedly on orders of then mayor and now President Rodrigo Duterte. After all, she has also been accused of being part of the drug syndicate while she was still justice secretary during Pres. Benigno Aquino III's term.
Duterte has hit back against De Lima with a string of personal attacks.
The hearing on the extrajudicial killings will still continue and Sen. De Lima will be replaced by Sen.
Sanchez approached Colanggo again to swindle drug lords in the NBP by collecting 30 to 50 kilos of illegal drugs without payment, but the latter refused, fearing that he might be at a disadvantage once De Lima loses power. "And, judging from both official and media sources, there is no showing that we will soon experience a downtrend in the figures", the resolution said.
The whole process, according to De Lima, who truly loves her metaphors, has turned people into "weapons of destruction".
"(I have been) bombarded by text messages. and phone calls from unknown persons, threatening me, harassing me, calling me the vilest of names", she said.
On Sunday, Duterte asked for a six-month extension for his war on drugs and said the investigations into possible human rights violations would not stop him from continuing to crack down on drug dealers.