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AT SENATE: PACQUIAO MOVED JUSTICE COMMITTEE BE VACANT, OPPOSED BY DRILON; 16 YES, 4 NO, 2 ABSTAIN; GORDON IS NEW JUSTICE PANEL CHAIR
[RELATED AFTER OUSTER: De Lima - No chairmanship is worth sacrificing my principle]
(DE LIMA: "Mr. President, it would take more than a committee chairmanship, a House inquiry intended to pillory and crucify me, an Ethics Committee complaint based on hearsay, a baseless election protest, everyday tirades from the secretary of Justice and the solicitor general and vicious personal attacks from the president, to take me down.".)


Pacquiao moves to remove De Lima from Senate panel-- Sen. Manny Pacquiao on Monday asked the Senate leadership to declare the positions of committee on justice and human rights vacant. Sixteen senators on Monday approved Sen. Manny Pacquiao's motion to declare the Senate justice committee vacant. Sen. Leila de Lima, the Senate panel chair, was replaced by Sen. Richard Gordon. The committee led by De Lima is conducting an investigation into the rising number of drug-related killings in recent months. Earlier, Pacquiao asked the Senate floor to unseat the current membership of the committee. "I move that the chairmanship and members of the Committee on Justice be declared vacant," Pacquiao said during the Senate session. Senate President pro-tempore Franklin Drilon, meanwhile, opposed Pacquiao's move, saying the Senate cannot declare the chairmanship of a committee vacant. The move came after Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano's privilege speech questioning the credibility of a confessed hitman who tagged President Rodrigo Duterte in killings in Davao City. Cayetano said Sen. Leila de Lima, the committee chairperson, is using the panel to go after Duterte. READ MORE...

ALSO: Bring back de Lima to Senate panel, says Int'l Human Rights group
[RELATED: Senators explain why they ousted De Lima]
(In a statement, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said Senate committees “are tasked with shaping policy direction and crafting legislative reforms. Unfortunately, under the leadership of Senator De Lima, the committee on justice had become a hollow vehicle for the fulfillment of personal political vendettas.” “We simply had to put a stop to that,” Gatchalian said.)
[ALSO (READ) 4 senators issue joint statement on De Lima committee ouster]


SEPTEMBER 20-Senator Leila de Lima is seen during the Senate Justice and Human Rights joint with Public Order and Dangerous Drugs Committees held at the Senate in Pasay City, Metro Manila on 22 August 2016. Paul Kristian Fil Darang, NPPA Images
 An international human rights group slammed the ouster of Senator Leila de Lima as chairman of a senate committee probing cases of extrajudicial killings connected to President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the Senate should seek de Lima’s reinstatement as chair of the Senate committee on Justice and Human Rights. “The Senate vote to remove the chair of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights is a craven attempt to derail accountability for the appalling death toll from President Duterte's abusive ‘war on drugs,’” said Phelim Kine, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The Senate is imperiling the Philippine public by covering up allegations of state-sanctioned murder rather than exposing them,” Kine added. De Lima, erstwhile chair of the Senate committee on Justice and Human Rights, earlier launched a probe into the drug-related deaths in the country which have caught the attention of the international community. READ MORE...RELATED,
Senators explain why they ousted De Lima... ALSO
(READ) 4 senators issue joint statement on De Lima committee ouster...

ALSO: Cases building up vs De Lima, says DOJ chief
[RELATED: De Lima received P3M monthly when she was Justice secretary, Aguirre says]


SEPTEMBER 19 -Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says cases may already be filed against Sen. Leila de Lima based on statements of inmates against her. In this file photo, Aguirre speaks with reporters on the sidelines of the State of the Nation Address in July at the House of Representatives. Philstar.com / Efigenio Toledo IV, file
MANILA, Philippines — Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II is eyeing charges against Sen. Leila De Lima for her alleged links to the drug trade inside national penitentiary Bilibid. Aguirre said the De Lima may face cases for violations of the laws against illegal drugs and graft practices based on affidavits of witnesses, among whom are convicted drug lords locked up at Bilibid. "Pwede na mag-file ng complaint (against De Lima) based only on the affidavits, and this could undergo a preliminary investigation," Aguirre said at a televised news conference. Aguirre said there are 30 witnesses to De Lima's illegal transactions with drug personalities. Five of them will be presented at the House of Representatives hearing on Tuesday. High-profile inmates Jaybee Sebastian and Herbert Colangco testify to the senator's alleged deals to earn funds for her election campaign, Aguirre said. "We will try to do it orderly and present witnesses who would be questioned." Aguirre said. READ MORE...RELATED, De Lima received P3M monthly when she was Justice secretary, Aguirre says...

ALSO: Duterte plotted my ouster, says De Lima
[RELATED: De Lima to critics fabricating evidence against her: Your day will come]


SEPTEMBER 19 -De Lima ousted as Senate justice committee chair Update
SENATOR Leila de Lima immediately accused President Rodrigo Duterte of masterminding her ouster on Monday as chair of the Senate committee on justice investigating the alleged extrajudicial killings under the current administration. “Majority po ang nag-oust sa akin bilang chair ng committee on justice. Wala po akong duda na mayroong kinalaman dyan ang ating Pangulo,” De Lima said in a television interview shortly after she was removed as head of the committee. “Bagamat nirerespeto ko po ang aking mga kasamahan, siguro po pwede kong masabi na naiitindihan ko ang ginawa nila pero uulitin ko po yun, imposible po walang kinalaman dito ang ating Pangulo,” she added. On Senator Manny Pacquiao’s motion, 16 senators voted to declare the chairmanship and the membership of the committee vacant, only four voted against it while two senators abstained. READ MORE...RELATED, De Lima to critics fabricating evidence against her: Your day will come...

ALSO: Drug raps vs De Lima; Senator ran billion-peso shabu trade at NBP—DOJ
[RELATED: De Lima laments Senate didn't assert independence]


SEPTEMBER 20 -Senator Leila de Lima
JUSTICE Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said Monday that criminal charges would be filed this week against his predecessor and now Senator Leila de Lima, whom he said started collecting money from drug lords in the national penitentiary as early as 2011, when she planned to run for the Senate in the 2013 mid-term elections. Aguirre said information he received indicated that the influential inmate Jaybee Sebastian required the “bosyo” or the head of various gangs at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City to sell drugs to raise money for De Lima. “Even before 2013, Jaybee Sebastian had stepped up the distribution of the drugs. He paid the gang leaders. In 2011, the drug money started flowing toward the direction of Secretary De Lima because even before the 2013 elections, she already had plans of running [or the Senate]. She just postponed her senatorial bid,” Aguirre said at a press conference. Aguirre said Sebastian ordered the gang leaders to sell as much as 50 kilos per month of illegal drugs, mostly methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, through their contacts outside the NBP. “Jaybee was sure that Secretary De Lima will run in 2016, so what he did was to give each gang a quota of selling 20 kilos per month, 30 kilos per month, up to 50 kilos per month. The bosyo were required to meet the sales quota,” Aguirre said. Aguirre declined to say how much money De Lima received, but said the drug trade “runs into the billions.”  Aguirre said an inmate who is the right-hand man of Sebastian in the Sigue Sigue Sputnik Gang said a certain Jad de Vera collected the drug money for De Lima. Aguirre said the inmate said he was once summoned by Sebastian to his hut at the NBP and was surprised to see De Lima inside. READ MORE...RELATED, De Lima laments Senate didn't assert independence...

ALSO: ‘I DON’T CARE’ - Duterte denies role in De Lima ouster
[RELATED: LP senators - De Lima's ouster a political reality]
(The senators, composed of Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon, Sen. Francis Pangilinan, Sen. Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV, and Sen. Risa Hontiveros, said De Lima's removal from the panel was a result of a “political reality.” Despite the removal of De Lima from the committee, the LP senators maintained their membership in the majority bloc.)


SEPTEMBER 19 -De Lima says Duterte plotted her ouster
GMA News President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday denied having any hand in the ouster of Senator Leila de Lima as chair of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
"I do not intervene, dwell into matters not within my [purview], not part of my territory. I don’t care how many hearings are there… Basta ako nakatutok ako sa aking trabaho,” Duterte said in a chance interview with reporters in Davao City. De Lima had been one of the most vocal critics of the president and his administration's crime war. In the last hearing of her committee, a self-confessed hitman accused Duterte of ordering killings and bombings when the president was still mayor of Davao City. The former justice secretary was the target of a privilege speech of Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, a staunch ally of Duterte who served as the president's running mate in last May's elections. Cayetano accused De Lima of using the hearings to take down Duterte. READ MORE...RELATED, LP senators - De Lima's ouster a political reality...


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Pacquiao moves Justice panel be vacant: Senate removes De Lima from justice panel


Pacquiao moves to remove De Lima from Senate panel-- Sen. Manny Pacquiao on Monday asked the Senate leadership to declare the positions of committee on justice and human rights vacant.

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 (PHILSTAR)  By Rosette Adel September 19, 2016 - Sixteen senators on Monday approved Sen. Manny Pacquiao's motion to declare the Senate justice committee vacant.

Sen. Leila de Lima, the Senate panel chair, was replaced by Sen. Richard Gordon. The committee led by De Lima is conducting an investigation into the rising number of drug-related killings in recent months.

Earlier, Pacquiao asked the Senate floor to unseat the current membership of the committee.

"I move that the chairmanship and members of the Committee on Justice be declared vacant," Pacquiao said during the Senate session.

Senate President pro-tempore Franklin Drilon, meanwhile, opposed Pacquiao's move, saying the Senate cannot declare the chairmanship of a committee vacant.


In this Sept. 15, 2016 photo, Sen. Leila De Lima, chairperson of the Senate justice committee, shows a picture on a laptop as former Filipino militiaman Edgar Matobato answers questions during his testimony at the Senate in Pasay, Philippines. AP/Aaron Favila

The move came after Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano's privilege speech questioning the credibility of a confessed hitman who tagged President Rodrigo Duterte in killings in Davao City. Cayetano said Sen. Leila de Lima, the committee chairperson, is using the panel to go after Duterte.

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"Kitang kita po ang bias ng ilang senator sa laban sa krusada ng pangulo," Cayetano said.

"Let someone else chair. In my past speech I said, I'm not even asking that she removed from the committee on justice only on certain hearing where we cannot expect cold neutrality," Cayetano added.

Cayetano connected De Lima's bias to her past initiatives to conduct a probe against alleged extrajudicial killings in Davao City when she was still a chair of Commission on Human Rights and as Justice secretary.

De Lima walked out of the hall while Cayetano was delivering his speech. According to reports, De Lima will deliver her own privilege speech this week to counter Cayetano's.

The brief exchange prompted Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III to suspend the Senate session.

VIDEO: SENATOR DELIMA NAG WALK OUT SA PRIVILEGE SPEECH NI SEN CAYETANO SA SENADO SEPTEMBER 19 2016

 
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VIDEO CONTINUES: September 19, 2016 Confirmed! Leila De Lima "Out" Dick Gordon "In" as Chair In Committee On Justice --- "REMOVE DE LIMA AS CHAIR OF JUSTICE PANEL" RESULTS:16 AFFIRMATIVE, 4 NEAGTIVE, 2 ABSTAIN/ (RELUCTANT) GORDON AS CHAIRMAN; LACSON AS VICE-CHAIR AND MEMBERS ARE PACQUIAO, ZUBIRE, PANGILINANA, DE LIMA, CAYETANO

 
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De Lima: No chairmanship is worth sacrificing my principles (philstar.com) | Updated September 20, 2016 - 5:51pm 3 40 googleplus0 0


Sen. Leila de Lima said that it would be hard for the president to take her down enumerating all the issues thrown at her. during a privilege speech Tuesday, a day after her removal as Senate justice committee head. AP/Bullit Marquez, File

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Leila de Lima said chairmanship of a committee is not worth sacrificing the principles and causes she had pledged to fight for.

She said this in a privilege speech on Tuesday, a day after she was ousted as chairperson of the Senate committee on justice by a vote of 16-4. She was replaced by Sen. Richard Gordon who she praised as having a no-nonsense personality.

De Lima questioned if her removal on Monday was orchestrated to hide the truth.

RELATED: Palace says Gordon will do 'excellent job'; denies hand in De Lima ouster

Last week, the committee held its third hearing on extrajudicial killings, where self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato, who claimed to be a member of the Davao Death Squad (DDS), alleged President Rodrigo Duterte's involvement in vigilante killings during his time as mayor of Davao City.

A heated argument transpired between Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Duterte's ally and vice presidential candidate, and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV over timeslot issues in questioning Matobato.

RELATED: Cayetano, Trillanes clash over timeslot at Senate hearing

Cayetano also had exchanges with then committee head De Lima over the former's line of questioning.

Matobato also mentioned names of police officials involved in DDS.

RELATED: De Lima names cops allegedly members of ‘Davao Death Squad’

"Was the action of the Senate yesterday stripping me of my committee going to help uncover the truth, or was it part of the plan to hide the truth? I hope it is not the latter," De Lima said.

The senator also hit back at both Duterte and Cayetano.

"Sinabi naman po ng pangulo, hindi siya titigil hangga't ako ay kanyang madurog at mapadapa," she said.

De Lima said that it would be hard for the president to take her down enumerating all the issues thrown at her.

"Mr. President, it would take more than a committee chairmanship, a House inquiry intended to pillory and crucify me, an Ethics Committee complaint based on hearsay, a baseless election protest, everyday tirades from the secretary of Justice and the solicitor general and vicious personal attacks from the president, to take me down."

She also answered criticisms from Cayetano and Sen. Panfilo Lacson that she did not vet the witness first.

She said that Matobato's statement is stronger, unlike the drug matrix that the president previously released implicating her in the Bilibid drug trade.

De Lima said statements that the country is safe is countered by the recent declaration of a "state of lawlessness," extrajudicial killings and the demolition job against her.

The senator said she received reports of inmates being taken by the Special Action Force, deployed in Bilibid by the Duterte administration, who were tortured to fabricate stories against her.

De Lima delivered her privilege speech the same day as the House Committee on Justice's hearing on the drug trade inside the Bilibid prison. — Levi A. So


ABS-CBN

Bring back de Lima to Senate committee, says int'l rights group Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News
Posted at Sep 20 2016 01:30 PM


Senator Leila de Lima is seen during the Senate Justice and Human Rights joint with Public Order and Dangerous Drugs Committees held at the Senate in Pasay City, Metro Manila on 22 August 2016. Paul Kristian Fil Darang, NPPA Images

MANILA – An international human rights group slammed the ouster of Senator Leila de Lima as chairman of a senate committee probing cases of extrajudicial killings connected to President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the Senate should seek de Lima’s reinstatement as chair of the Senate committee on Justice and Human Rights.

“The Senate vote to remove the chair of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights is a craven attempt to derail accountability for the appalling death toll from President Duterte's abusive ‘war on drugs,’” said Phelim Kine, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch.

“The Senate is imperiling the Philippine public by covering up allegations of state-sanctioned murder rather than exposing them,” Kine added.

De Lima, erstwhile chair of the Senate committee on Justice and Human Rights, earlier launched a probe into the drug-related deaths in the country which have caught the attention of the international community.

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Before she was ousted, de Lima was able to present witness Edgar Matobato, a self-confessed former member of the Davao Death Squad who claimed he carried out killings on orders of Duterte, the city’s long-time mayor.

Matobato’s allegations riled the administration, and de Lima believes Duterte was behind her ouster.

READ: De Lima laments Senate didn't assert independence

Breaking up his silence on Matobato’s allegations, Duterte noted that perjury is a serious crime. Reacting on de Lima’s ouster, he said he does not meddle in the affairs of the legislative branch.

Over 1,000 drug suspects have been killed since Duterte assumed office on July, police data show, and human rights groups are calling for a thorough investigation amid allegations that law enforcers are ignoring due process and abusing their power.

“The Philippine Senate has a duty to promote accountability for the thousands of victims of this ‘war on drugs,’ rather than siding with those advocating summary killings as law enforcement,” Kine said.

“Opposition to an impartial investigation into these killings only intensifies the spotlight on Duterte and his administration’s disregard for basic human rights protections for all Filipinos,” he added.

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Senators explain why they ousted De Lima INQUIRER.net By: Maila Ager, September 20th, 2016 11:19 AM


DE LIMA: They may be cleaning out through vigilantes those who could spill their dirt. KIMBERLY DELA CRUZ

Some senators explained on Tuesday why they voted to unseat Senator Leila de Lima as chair of the Senate committee on justice and human rights investigating the alleged extrajudicial killings under the present administration.

In a statement, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said Senate committees “are tasked with shaping policy direction and crafting legislative reforms. Unfortunately, under the leadership of Senator De Lima, the committee on justice had become a hollow vehicle for the fulfillment of personal political vendettas.”

“We simply had to put a stop to that,” Gatchalian’s statement said.

He said the decision “was a difficult one.” But he added that “In the end, I am confident that we made the right choice to protect the integrity of the Senate and to safeguard its reputation as a true and faithful instrument to further the interests of the Filipino people.”

Gatchalian with 15 other senators voted to unseat De Lima, who was replaced by Sen. Richard Gordon.

For her part, Sen. Grace Poe said she voted to remove De Lima because she believed that the focus of the committee should be on “the evidence and the testimonies of the resource people, and not on the personalities presiding on and hearing the case.”

“I believe that the case should be heard without the suspicion of bias against the chair or any of the committee members for that matter. Otherwise, the committee and the public get distracted with possible grandstanding, polar bickering and partylines,” Poe said in a statement.

Senator Joel Villanueva said he had a number of reasons why he voted to oust De Lima, including her “rookie mistakes” in handling the hearings.

“The issue is serious and she’s dragging us all. She did not follow some of the rules of the committee,” Villanueva said over the phone.

He cited how De Lima kept other members of the committee in the dark when she pulled a surprise and presented Edgar Matobato as a witness during last week’s hearing of the body.

Villanueva said it would be better for De Lima to become just a member of the committee so she could continue her advocacies.

Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito said De Lima’s ouster was a “collective decision” by members of the majority in the chamber, which included him, saying they were already concerned with the “continuous effort to destroy” President Rodrigo Duterte.

“It is dragging the whole country down as evidenced by the international media’s portrayal of the Philippines at present,” Ejercito said in a separate statement.

“The Duterte administration is only three months old, let’s give it a chance. Any uprising or upheaval will not be good for the country at this point in time. We’ve had 2 Edsa revolts, and it didn’t help improve our country’s situation,” Ejercito added.


SENATE SESSION / SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 Senate President Koko Pimentel huddles with Senator Alan Peter Cayetano and Senator Richard Gordon at the senate session on Monday, September 19, 2016. The senate ousted Sen. Leila De Lima as the chairman of the Committee on Human Rights and Justice. INQUIRER PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, who also voted against De Lima, said this should serve as an example that the Senate should remain objective and perform its mandate in aid of legislation.

“I urge my fellow senators not to use their committees as a venue to besmirch anyone, to remain impartial and do not allow anyone to use our chamber for grandstanding and mudslinging,” Sotto said after the voting Monday night.

But for Sen. Bam Aquino, who voted against the ouster, said the independence of the institution was now put to the test after the majority of his colleagues ousted a known Duterte critic.

“The vote that transpired was unnecessary and unprecedented. Now, our institution’s independence is seriously put to the test,” Aquino said in a statement Monday.

“The new leadership of the Committee on Justice must show that it is fair, unbiased and committed to bringing out the truth at all costs,” he added.

DRILON, PANGILINAN, HONTIVEROS -LP MEMBERS

Along with Aquino, three others who voted against De Lima’s removal were Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon, Senators Kiko Pangilinan and Risa Hontiveros./rga

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FROM THE MANILA BULLETIN

(READ) 4 senators issue joint statement on De Lima committee ouster

Statement issued by Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon, Senators Francis Pangilinan, Senator Bam Aquino, and Senator Risa Hontiveros by MB Online September 20, 2016 Share0 Tweet1 Share2 Email3 Share32 image: http://www.mb.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Drilon-Pangilinan-Aquino-Hontiveros.jpg


Drilon - Pangilinan - Aquino - Hontiveros

We are deeply saddened by the events that transpired yesterday. Elementary courtesy dictates that we as members of the majority bloc of the Senate should have been consulted. The concerns of our colleagues could have been addressed if there was an opportunity for a dialogue.

No consultation or dialogue took place.

We recognize the removal of Senator Leila De Lima as chair of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights as a political reality.

Having said that, our alliance with the majority has always been based on the reforms that we believe will propel our nation to greater economic, political and social heights. We will continue to pursue these agenda.

As long as we believe that these reforms can be achieved, we will remain with the majority.

Coming from the events that transpired yesterday, we must remain vigilant and continue to assert the independence of the Senate.


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Cases building up vs De Lima, says DOJ chief By Kristian Javier (philstar.com) | Updated September 19, 2016 - 1:35pm 8 510 googleplus2 0


Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says cases may already be filed against Sen. Leila de Lima based on statements of inmates against her. In this file photo, Aguirre speaks with reporters on the sidelines of the State of the Nation Address in July at the House of Representatives. Philstar.com / Efigenio Toledo IV, file

MANILA, Philippines — Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II is eyeing charges against Sen. Leila De Lima for her alleged links to the drug trade inside national penitentiary Bilibid.

Aguirre said the De Lima may face cases for violations of the laws against illegal drugs and graft practices based on affidavits of witnesses, among whom are convicted drug lords locked up at Bilibid.

"Pwede na mag-file ng complaint (against De Lima) based only on the affidavits, and this could undergo a preliminary investigation," Aguirre said at a televised news conference.

Aguirre said there are 30 witnesses to De Lima's illegal transactions with drug personalities. Five of them will be presented at the House of Representatives hearing on Tuesday.

High-profile inmates Jaybee Sebastian and Herbert Colangco testify to the senator's alleged deals to earn funds for her election campaign, Aguirre said.

"We will try to do it orderly and present witnesses who would be questioned." Aguirre said.

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Refusing to attend the Congress inquiry, De Lima, meanwhile, dismissed the allegations of the witnesses as a "sham" demolition campaign staged by the administration.

De Lima, a top critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, is conducting a separate Senate inquiry into drug related killings. The probe's last session presented a confessed hired gun who claimed Duterte has ordered the deaths of thousands in Davao City as mayor.

De Lima earlier said she has received information that several inmates were accessed by the administration to fabricate testimonies and evidence against her.

Aguirre claimed the witnesses to be presented at the Congress hearing do not have an ax to grind against the senator, and have volunteered to testify.

"Wala kaming ipinangako, wala kaming ibinigay, hindi sila tinakot, hindi sila binayaran para mag testify tomorrow." Aguirre added.

VIDEO: AGUIRRE REPORTS TO THE SENATE EJKillings HEARING SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
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The Office of Senator Leila de Lima on Sunday denied that she sat and supposedly rubbed elbows in an event last year with Herbert Colangco, whom President Rodrigo Duterte had tagged as belonging to a triad running an illegal drugs trade. In a video posted by “Batang Maharlika” on YouTube, De Lima can be seen singing a few lines from Imelda Papin’s “Bakit.” Upon returning to her seat, a man wearing sunglasses can be seen seated seemingly close to her.

A voiceover in the video can be heard saying: “Ayan po, ang protektor ng drug lord, kasama niya si Herbert Colangco (There, the protector of drug lords, together with Herbert Colangco)…” A statement issued by De Lima’s office said that the video was taken during the senator’s birthday party held at the Department of Justice (DOJ) quadrangle in August 2015. It also said that the man wearing sunglasses was actually Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas.

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De Lima received P3M monthly when she was Justice secretary, Aguirre says Published September 19, 2016 8:30am Updated September 19, 2016 12:00pm


‘Nothing Wrong With Inmates Showcasing Their Talents’ – De Lima Posted on July 19, 2016 by admin FROM NEWS THRENDS PH BLOG

Senator Leila de Lima received P3 million monthly when she was Justice secretary, Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre said, quoting convicted drug dealer Herbert Colangco, according to a report on Unang Balita on Monday.

"May mga delivery kay De Lima. Si Colangco nag-deliver ng P3 million a month kay De Lima," Justice Sec. Aguirre said in the report by Jam Sisante.

Colangco is one of the high-profile inmates who will testify on Tuesday against de Lima regarding her alleged drug links.

The Department of Justice has lined up 10 to 12 convicted drug personalities along with officials and agents of the National Bureau of Investigation as witnesses against De Lima in the House investigation on the proliferation of the illegal drug trade in the national penitentiary during her watch as justice chief.

Former NBI Deputy Director Rafael Ragos, who served as officer-in-charge of the Bureau of Corrections, will also shed light on the P5 million he allegedly gave de Lima. The money allegedly came from the inmates.

"'Yung P5 million na 'yun, dinala 'yun sa bahay niya sa Parañaque... Mismong si de Lima (tumanggap) although present din si Ronnie Dayan," Aguirre said.

Dayan is De Lima's driver and alleged lover.


Ronnie Dayan, the ex-driver and bodyguard of Leila De Lima GOOGLED PHOTO

Later at a press briefing, Aguirre said Ragos delivered P5 million on "several instances" to De Lima's house.

Aguirre added Ragos was with his driver-escort Junior Ablen in those visits.

Ragos is perceived to be a close ally of De Lima when she was DOJ chief, a position she held for more than five years from June 2010 to October 2015.

The justice chief said it was Ablen who first divulged that he was with Ragos in delivering drug money to De Lima.

Aguirre said this system began before 2013 in preparation for de Lima's campaign for a senatorial post, which led to the increased proliferation of drugs at the New Bilibid Prison.

GMA News Online has contacted de Lima for comment on Monday but has yet to receive a reply as of posting time.

De Lima however previously said any testimony or evidence linking her to the illegal drug trade is not true.

She added that the Department of Justice seems to have gotten witnesses who are not telling the truth.

De Lima said she is no longer surprised because she received a warning before about the plan to present manufactured evidence.

The senator reiterated that she will not attend the House hearing on Tuesday and will not send a representative.

She said the "sham inquiry" has no other aim but to destroy her reputation allegedly on orders of President Rodrigo Duterte. — with Virgil Lopez/KG/RSJ, GMA News

 
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Duterte plotted my ouster, says De Lima SHARES: 3544 VIEW COMMENTS INQUIRER.net By: Maila Ager, September 19th, 2016 07:50 PM


De Lima ousted as Senate justice committee chair Update

SENATOR Leila de Lima immediately accused President Rodrigo Duterte of masterminding her ouster on Monday as chair of the Senate committee on justice investigating the alleged extrajudicial killings under the current administration.

“Majority po ang nag-oust sa akin bilang chair ng committee on justice. Wala po akong duda na mayroong kinalaman dyan ang ating Pangulo,” De Lima said in a television interview shortly after she was removed as head of the committee.

“Bagamat nirerespeto ko po ang aking mga kasamahan, siguro po pwede kong masabi na naiitindihan ko ang ginawa nila pero uulitin ko po yun, imposible po walang kinalaman dito ang ating Pangulo,” she added.

On Senator Manny Pacquiao’s motion, 16 senators voted to declare the chairmanship and the membership of the committee vacant, only four voted against it while two senators abstained.

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De Lima suspected that the President got angrier with her after she presented during last week’s hearing a witness, Edgar Matobato, who had accused Duterte of ordering the killings of enemies and criminals in Davao City when he was still the mayor.

“Syempre tumindi lalo ang galit nya (Duterte). Talaga namang galit sa akin di ba? I mean, he was not concealing yung galit nya sa akin when I started nga this inquiry na binastos talaga ako ng husto, may mga (binato) sa akin na below the belt, may mga statement like you’re finished,” she said.

“So itong mga ginagawa sa akin, mukhang mga finishing touches yun para sa kanya,” the senator added.

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De Lima admitted that she was badly hurt that she was ousted chairman although she would continue as a member of the committee.

“Talaga naman syempre hindi ko maitatanggi na sobrang masakit ang nararamdaman ko,” she said.

While she said she understands that the House of Representatives would investigate her on her alleged drug links, De Lima said she was expecting that her colleagues in the Senate, if they could not come to her defense, would not add to the supposed pressure against her.

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De Lima to critics fabricating evidence against her: Your day will come Published September 20, 2016 3:55pm Updated September 20, 2016 3:57pm By KATHRINA CHARMAINE ALVAREZ, GMA News

Senator Leila de Lima on Tuesday told her critics supposedly fabricating evidence against her that their “day will come.”

In a privilege speech, De Lima extended her forgiveness to witnesses who were allegedly blackmailed and tortured to implicate her in the illegal drug operations at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

“Ang hindi ko mapapatawad ay ang mga nasa likod ng pag-iimbento ng ebidensya laban sa akin. May araw rin kayo,” De Lima said.

She said she received credible evidence that inmates and gang leaders were taken by the Special Action Force (SAF) deployed at the NBP for “overnight interrogation sessions in an effort to fabricate testimony."

"Prisoners are being selected and isolated just to be intimated into implicating me and to fit the President's narrative that I am a drug lord coddler, aside from being the most evil woman in the planet," she said.

The House of Representatives is currently holding an investigation on the alleged illegal drugs inside the NBP.

De Lima said she has not been monitoring the proceedings. —KG, GMA News

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De Lima reiterates she won’t attend ‘sham’ hearing on NBP drug trade Published September 19, 2016 8:46am

Sen. Leila de Lima reiterated on Sunday night that she will not attend the "sham" hearing of the House of Representatives on the alleged drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

"With or without an invitation, I will NOT attend that hearing. I will not even send any representative, lawyer or even an observer," De Lima said in a statement.

The House of Representatives' Committee on Justice has scheduled a hearing on House Resolution 105 filed by Speaker Pantaleon "Bebot" Alvarez, partymate and ally and President Rodrigo Duterte.

The resolution seeks an investigation into the alleged proliferation of drug syndicates at the NBP.

'SHAM INQUIRY'

De Lima said she was not recognizing the hearing.

"It is a sham inquiry, with no objective other than to demolish or destroy me, upon orders of the President," the senator said.

Alvarez filed the resolution following Duterte's allegation that De Lima was involved in the illegal drug trade in the NBP during her time as secretary of the Department of Justice, which has jurisdiction over the prison facility.

Duterte had said De Lima was the highest government official involved in the drug trade in the NBP, based on a matrix that he recently showed to the media.

In a hearing on the spate of killings of drug suspects last week, De Lima presented self-confessed assassin Edgar Matobato.

Matobato claimed he was a member of the infamous Davao Death Squad, which was alleged ordered by Duterte to kill De Lima. —ALG, GMA News


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Drug raps vs De Lima: Senator ran billion-peso shabu trade at NBP—DOJ posted September 20, 2016 at 12:01 am by Rey E. Requejo


Senator Leila de Lima

JUSTICE Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said Monday that criminal charges would be filed this week against his predecessor and now Senator Leila de Lima, whom he said started collecting money from drug lords in the national penitentiary as early as 2011, when she planned to run for the Senate in the 2013 mid-term elections.

Aguirre said information he received indicated that the influential inmate Jaybee Sebastian required the “bosyo” or the head of various gangs at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City to sell drugs to raise money for De Lima.

“Even before 2013, Jaybee Sebastian had stepped up the distribution of the drugs. He paid the gang leaders. In 2011, the drug money started flowing toward the direction of Secretary De Lima because even before the 2013 elections, she already had plans of running [or the Senate]. She just postponed her senatorial bid,” Aguirre said at a press conference.


Sebastian, who is serving time for hijacking, heads Presidio, one of the two major groups inside NBP. His archrival, Herbert Colanggo, a convicted kidnapper, is the leader of the Carcel group.

Aguirre said Sebastian ordered the gang leaders to sell as much as 50 kilos per month of illegal drugs, mostly methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, through their contacts outside the NBP.

“Jaybee was sure that Secretary De Lima will run in 2016, so what he did was to give each gang a quota of selling 20 kilos per month, 30 kilos per month, up to 50 kilos per month. The bosyo were required to meet the sales quota,” Aguirre said.

Aguirre declined to say how much money De Lima received, but said the drug trade “runs into the billions.”

Aguirre said an inmate who is the right-hand man of Sebastian in the Sigue Sigue Sputnik Gang said a certain Jad de Vera collected the drug money for De Lima.

Aguirre said the inmate said he was once summoned by Sebastian to his hut at the NBP and was surprised to see De Lima inside.

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Aguirre said the inmates who were going to testify in today’s inquiry at the House told them that they were taken out of the NBP and transferred to the National Bureau of Investigation headquarters in 2014 so that Sebastian would be able to go on with the illegal drug trade freely inside the NBP.

“I just talked to the five or six of the inmates, who said they were thrown to the NBP so that Sebastian could run the drugs on his own inside the NBP,” Aguirre said in Filipino.

The inmates said that Sebastian would threaten the other inmates that if they did not follow his orders, he would use his influence and connection with De Lima to have them transfered to other prison farms and colonies in the provinces managed by the Bureau of Correction.

In December 2014, De Lima personally led the raid at the maximum-security compound of the NBP where authorities recovered luxury items, cash and other contraband items inside the cell of high-profile inmates.

This prompted De Lima to order the transfer of 19 inmates to the NBI as part of the crackdown on illegal activities inside the NBP, particularly the drugs trade.

Aguirre said when he talked to Sebastian, the latter expressed willingness to cooperate, but eventually clammed up.

Aguirre earlier said inmate and convicted robber Herbert Colangco delivered P3 million monthly to De Lima.

He is also one of the witnesses that will be presented by the Justice Department against De Lima.

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Former NBI deputy director Rafael Ragos, who once served as officer-in-charge of the Bureau of Corrections, will also shed light on the P5 million he allegedly gave De Lima.

“The P5 million was brought to her home in Parañaque. De Lima herself accepted it, even though Ronnie Dayan [De Lima’s former driver and alleged lover] was there,” Aguirre said.

Aguirre said the Justice Department was preparing a criminal complaint against De Lima based on the testimony of witnesses linking her to illegal drugs in the NBP.

“It so happened that we have this hearing in Congress. Besides, it’s not easy to prepare the case, especially against a high ranking public official like Senator De Lima,” Aguirre said.

“I assure you that we will file the case. Based on my assessment of the affidavits, there is strong case. We will file the case against public officials responsible for the proliferation of drugs at NBP. We will file it as soon as possible,” Aguirre vowed.

Aguirre admitted that the cases that will be filed against De Lima are based on affidavits executed by some members of the notorious “Bilibid 19,” the high profile inmates found to have been enjoying a lavish treatment inside the national penitentiary.

“A complaint may now be filed and this will undergo preliminary investigation. The nature of the charges is on violation of anti-drugs law and possibly of anti-graft law also,” he said.

Those who receive proceeds from drug money are criminally liable under Republic Act 9165 or Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act. Government officials who receive bribe money in exchange for protection of illegal activities are also culpable under Republic Act 3019, otherwise known as “Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.”

WITNESSES ARE FELONS

While the witnesses are convicted felons, their testimony can be trusted, Aguirre said.

“I have been a litigator for 44 years... Just give me 10 minutes and I can tell you if a person is telling the truth or not,” Aguirre said.

Aguirre also revealed that the DOJ will present 30 witnesses and resource persons at the House of Representatives during the congressional inquiry Tuesday into the proliferation of illegal drugs trade inside the NBP when De Lima exercised administrative supervision as Justice secretary.

Allies of President Rodrigo Duterte in the House said Tuesday’s congressional probe on the proliferation of illegal drugs at the NBP will be fair.

At a news conference, Deputy Speakers and Reps. Ferdinand Hernandez of South Cotabato and Frederick Abueg of Palawan disputed claims that the House probe would be directed at De Lima.

“This is purely concentrated on the National Bilibid Prison. This is in aid of legislation. This is in no way to persecute anybody,” Hernandez said.

The House committee on justice, chaired by Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali, will conduct the probe through Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s House Resolution 105 seeking a congressional probe into the matter.

Abueg said the end goal of the House probe would be to strengthen the existing drugs laws by looking into circumstances that had caused the proliferation of illegal drugs at the national prison under De Lima’s watch, and not to persecute De Lima.

“We are duly elected representatives of our respective districts. We are public officials, and we are doing this in aid of legislation. We are not just a private body seeking persecution of anyone,” Abueg added.

Hernandez also said the House probe would not be a scripted hearing even though the House is dominated by a “supermajority” headed by Alvarez, secretary general of President Rodrigo Duterte’s PDP-Laban. With Maricel V. Cruz

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De Lima laments Senate didn't assert independence ABS-CBN News Posted at Sep 19 2016 09:23 PM | Updated as of Sep 19 2016 09:30 PM


Sen. Alan Cayetano is shown in a huddle with Senators Vicente Sotto III and Manny Pacquiao, who moved to declare all seats in the justice committee vacant. PHILSTAR FILE

MANILA - Ousted Senate Justice Committee chair Senator Leila de Lima on Monday said everything that is happening to her is part of a demolition job started by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte, and admitted she was hurt that the Senate did not assert its independence from the executive.

"This is all part of a demolition job. This is all part of the threat from no less than the President to destroy me. In his mind, I'm supposed to be finished already, so these things being done to me, we can call the finishing touches to that singular and passionate desire of the president to demolish me," De Lima told ANC.

The Senate on Monday night ousted De Lima as chairperson of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights, and the opposition senator believes the chief executive was behind the plot to unseat her.

Acting on Senator Manny Pacquiao's motion to declare the chairmanship and membership of the Committee of Justice and Human Rights vacant, 16 senators voted yes, 4 voted against, and 2 abstained.

According to De Lima, she expected something like this to happen, following her move to investigate the spate of drug-related killings under the Duterte administration.

"I anticipated that when earlier, during the proceedings, Senator Frank Drilon moved to suspend the proceedings when Senator Alan Peter Cayetano manifested that he is about to deliver a privilege speech.

"While I was hoping or expected that I would be getting a little bit more of support, of votes in my favor, I sort of expected that already, that there's going to be a clear majority in ousting me," De Lima said.

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The four senators who opposed her ouster were her party mates from the Liberal Party: Senators Bam Aquino, Frank Drilon, Kiko Pangilinan, and Risa Hontiveros. However, LP Senator Ralph Recto abstained.

TYRANNY OF THE MAJORITY

De Lima, a former justice secretary during the Aquino administration, also called the Senate's move a "tyranny of the majority" guided by Duterte.

"The Senate is a collegial body, and therefore the rule of majority prevails. But I would now want to call it tyranny of the majority. Now, whether or not what was done to me was fair, was just, then let the people decide that," De Lima said.

"I wasn't surprised anymore. I know that I will continue to be crucified. I know that I will continue to be pilloried because it's the President himself who wants that," she added.

De Lima, however, admitted that she was hurt because her colleagues, instead of supporting her, added to her woes.

"Now what is hurting on my part, to be honest about it, is that I was expecting that at least the Senate would no longer add to my travails, because they know what's going to happen in the House. They forgot the basic principle of inter-parliamentary courtesy. I was expecting my colleagues to at least not to add anymore to the predicament that I'm in," she said.

"And here we are, they are doing something, or they did something to exacerbate the situation. And what exactly is my "sin"? It's because of my move to investigate the extra-judicial killings. It's because of what happened last Thursday, when we presented this very explosive testimony. I don't think the President would forget about that. I don't think the President would not do anything in retaliation of that development in the course of the hearing.

So I feel now that the entire machinery of government, especially the executive machinery, is up against me, and I was expecting the Senate to assert its independence. I was expecting the Senate to come to the defense of a beleaguered colleague but that is not happening because it's precisely the President who is behind this," De Lima added.

De Lima will be delivering her privilege speech Tuesday.

"I'm going to make a reaction to the developments tonight and all the developments that we're seeing, the demolition job that they're launching or they have launched against Senator Leila de Lima. I'm going to make a reaction through my privilege speech tomorrow," she said.

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‘I DON’T CARE’ Duterte denies role in De Lima ouster Published September 19, 2016 9:52pm Updated September 19, 2016 10:06pm By TRISHA MACAS,


SEPTEMBER 19 -De Lima says Duterte plotted her ouster

GMA News President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday denied having any hand in the ouster of Senator Leila de Lima as chair of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

"I do not intervene, dwell into matters not within my [purview], not part of my territory. I don’t care how many hearings are there… Basta ako nakatutok ako sa aking trabaho,” Duterte said in a chance interview with reporters in Davao City.

De Lima had been one of the most vocal critics of the president and his administration's crime war. In the last hearing of her committee, a self-confessed hitman accused Duterte of ordering killings and bombings when the president was still mayor of Davao City.

The former justice secretary was the target of a privilege speech of Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, a staunch ally of Duterte who served as the president's running mate in last May's elections. Cayetano accused De Lima of using the hearings to take down Duterte.

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Afterwards, Senator Manny Pacquiao moved for the Senate to vacate the committee, which was approved in a vote of 16-4-2.

In a live interview on "24 Oras" moments after the vote, De Lima said Duterte's fingerprints were all over the move to oust her.

"Wala po akong duda na may kinalaman diyan ang ating Pangulo," she said.

"Imposible po walang kinalaman dito ang ating Pangulo," she added.

She was replaced by Senator Richard Gordon. He would continue the investigation into the alleged extrajudicial killings of suspected drug dealers and pushers. —NB/JST, GMA News

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LP senators: De Lima's ouster a political reality By AJ Bolando (philstar.com) | Updated September 20, 2016 - 5:46pm 6 304 googleplus0 0


Former Justice Secretary and now Senator Leila De Lima was ousted the chairman of Senate committee on justice. AP/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines – The ouster of neophyte Sen. Leila de Lima from the chairmanship of the Senate justice committee could have been avoided if concerns of other senators were earlier addressed, Liberal Party senators said on Tuesday.

The senators, composed of Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon, Sen. Francis Pangilinan, Sen. Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV, and Sen. Risa Hontiveros, said De Lima's removal from the panel was a result of a “political reality.”

De Lima's allies said there was no dialogue that took place between them and other members of the majority bloc before the Senate voted 16-4-2 (affirmative-negative-abstain) to have the committee positions vacated.

De Lima, a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, conducted a committee inquiry into the summary killings related to the government's war on drugs. The inquiry recently presented a confessed hired killer who claimed he was following orders of Duterte while he was still Davao City Mayor.

Despite the removal of De Lima from the committee, the LP senators maintained their membership in the majority bloc.

“Our alliance with the majority has always been based on the reforms that we believe will propel our nation to greater economic, political and social heights. We will continue to pursue these agenda,” the joint statement read.

“As long as we believe that these reforms can be achieved, we will remain with the majority,” it added.

Drilon, Pangilinan, Aquino and Hontiveros voted against the petition of Sen. Manny Pacquiao to unseat the current membership of the committee.

Sen. Richard Gordon replaced De Lima as the chairman of the committee, while De Lima was demoted to a member.

Before Pacquiao's motion, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano accused De Lima of using the committee probe to bring down Duterte.

He also questioned the witness that De Lima presented who claimed to be a former member of the Davao death squad, which Duterte supposedly founded at the start of his political career.


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