The Senate Comittee on justice will end inquiry into the drug related extrajudicial killings in the Philippines, a move branded by some senators. The decision to hold the final hearing next week came after a closed door caucus of the comittee chaired Senator Gordon yesterday.
The panel conducted a hearing on Monday that lasted for about 13 hours and was marred by bikering among senators, high lightned by the walk out of Senator. De Lima.
Leila de Lima said yesterday her colleagues were ganging up on her based on flimsy reasons just to stop the inquiry. Among the issues that is cropped up in previous hearings, which apparently led to the comittees move to wrap things up, were Leila de Lima and Senator Trillianes IV allegedly using the hearing to destabilize the Rodrigo Duterte Administration, and lack of credibility of self confessed of Edgar Matobato as witness.
Lacson and Gordon on Monday confronted Leila de Lima on her aparent concealment of kidnapping case filed against to Matobato by the family of Sali Makdum, whom witness claimed was a terrorist that Pres. Duterte had allegedly order to kill.
Edgar Matobato will no longer be an issue because hes damaged good. There is no probative value because he has totally destroyed the credibility,” Richard Gordon said.
The nature of the investigation is not adversarial. We are all here to find what is the truth of the matter so that we can come out with the proper legislation,” he added.
The 57 year old witness claimed the he was a member of the DDS that took orders from Rodrigo Duterte through his trusted police aides.
Leila De Lima, then the justice comittee chair, initiated the inquiry by presenting Edgar Matobato in her resolution last August looking into the spate of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines from May 10 – July 12 this year.
Some Senators pointed out the Edgar Matobato testimony was not covered by the scope of Leila de Lima’s resolution. This prompted to Antonio Trillianes to file new resolution asking the same panel to investigate the Davao Death Squad.