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TRILLANES' PRIVILEGED SPEECH SEEKS 'DUTERTE PROBE' BY BLUE RIBBON; SENATE REFERRED SPEECH TO COMMITTEE ON RULES
(Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III later amended Trillanes’ motion and suggested to refer the speech instead to the committee on rules for review and study.)
[RELATED: Proposal to probe Duterte's role in Davao killings irks most senators]
[RELATED(2): Trillanes, De Lima call for Senate probe on Bilibid stabbing incident]


SEPTEMBER 26 -SCREENGRAB Trillanes seeks Duterte probe - AFTER a lengthy debate, the Senate has decided to refer to the committee on rules the privilege speech of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV seeking an investigation of the President. This, after some senators pointed out that the House of Representatives was the proper venue to investigate President Duterte. Trillanes wanted his speech, seeking a Senate probe on the alleged “direct” involvement of Duterte in the Davao Death Squad, to be referred to the Senate accountability of public officers and investigations also known as the blue ribbon committee being chaired by Senator Richard Gordon. READ: Trillanes seeks Duterte probe But Gordon, who also chairs the Senate committee on justice and human rights investigating the alleged extrajudicial killings in the country, objected to Trillanes’ motion. “The Constitution allows us to hold the highest official of the land in a process called impeachment. We’ve seen that happened. President Estrada went through impeachment,” he said, referring to former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada. Gordon said those who want to file an impeachment complaint against Duterte may do so at the House of Representatives “If you give it to the Senate committee on accountability, I cannot accept it because it’s going to be a waste of the taxpayers’ money,” he stressed. READ MORE... RELATED, Proposal to probe Duterte's role in Davao killings irks most senators ... RELATED(2) Trillanes, De Lima call for Senate probe on Bilibid stabbing incident...

ALSO: Trillanes - Duterte exploring all sneaky tactics to silence critics
[RELATED: TIMES TALKING SENSE - Mr. Duterte with the Left is an amazing, awe-inspiring optic]


SEPTEMBER 27 -Committeee Chair Leila De Lima and [the cocky] Senator Antonio Trillanes during the initial Senate probe on the alleged extrajudicial killings at the Senate in Pasay City. INQUIRER PHOTO / RICHARD A. REYES
Sen. Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV on Tuesday said the administration was exploring all “underhanded tactics” to silence the critics of President Rodrigo Duterte and his bloody war on drugs, like what Sen. Leila de Lima was facing. In an INQ&A interview, Trillanes said he was bracing for the worst of attacks from Duterte’s camp since the campaign period, but noted that threats would not stop him from exposing what needed to be exposed. “I am totally aware that they have sets of lawyers trying to find anything that can put us in jail… Lahat ng mga underhanded tactics, it’s on the table. All options are on the table para lang makuha nila ‘yung end nila,” Trillanes said. “When I joined this expose, I assumed na bibirahin na ako,” said Trillanes, who said before the elections that a Duterte presidency would mean a “disaster” for the Philippines. READ MORE...RELATED,.TIMES REALITY TALK - Mr. Duterte with the Left is an amazing, awe-inspiring optic...

ALSO: P300M from Leila’s NBP raid missing — DoJ chief
(De Lima dares Aguirre to freeze bank accounts; Leila: Aguirre’s evidence as fake as his wig)
[RELATED: Aguirre advises De Lima to tone down her hysterics, answer allegations]


SEPTEMBER 28 -
Fresh allegations have come the way of Sen. Leila de Lima, with charges from Department of Justice (DoJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre baring in a TV interview yesterday that up to P300 million in cash seized during raids inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa two years ago during the time of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s term remains missing, saying that he has new witnesses, an inmate and a government official to testify to these missing millions.He did not identify the new witnesses, however. Aguirre, who wants to pin down de Lima on links to the rampant drug trade in the penitentiary, said the sum was recovered by government agents during the first raid conducted on December 15, 2014 led by de Lima herself. Two witnesses will take the witness stand on the missing money during the continuation of the investigation being conducted by the House committee on justice on the illegal drugs operation inside the NBP on October 5 next month .“Ostensibly on paper, they said they only confiscated firearms and other contraband items and P1.6 million, but in reality, the witness said they were able to get more than P300 million in cash from that particular raid,” Aguirre said. The “big question” now, he said, is why the newspapers only stated P1.6-million. Where did the rest of the P300-million go?,” he stressed. READ MORE...RELATED, RELATED: Aguirre advises De Lima to tone down her hysterics, answer allegations...


ALSO: A different Digong says sorry on matrix lapses, owes error
(At a press conference after inspecting an “abandoned” narcotics laboratory supposedly intended to manufacture the poor man’s substance called shabu in an isolated barrio here, Duterte admitted lapses in tagging Espino, former Pangasinan Provincial Administrator Rafael Baraan and Pangasinan board member Raul Sison in the so-called “Bilibid matrix.” Asked who is at fault for the supposed lapses, the President said that he’s taking full responsibility for his mistakes.)
[RELATED: ‘Drug matrix error alarming’]

[RELATED(2):
Palace: Trust Duterte on drug list]


SEPTEMBER 28 -Arayat, Pampanga — An apologetic President Duterte yesterday absolved former Pangasinan governor, now 5th District Rep. Amado Espino, and two others of involvement in the illegal drugs matrix that he earlier had made public. At a press conference after inspecting an “abandoned” narcotics laboratory supposedly intended to manufacture the poor man’s substance called shabu in an isolated barrio here, Duterte admitted lapses in tagging Espino, former Pangasinan Provincial Administrator Rafael Baraan and Pangasinan board member Raul Sison in the so-called “Bilibid matrix.” The said matrix included in it former Justice Secretary,now Sen. Leila de Lima as well as her alleged driver-lover Ronnie Dayan.“I think somehow we were negligent in counter-checking (information) during the first report. So to Espino and to Sison and Baraan, the brother, not the undersecretary because he’s really involved, I would like to apologize to you publicly, and I would say now, I’m very sorry,” Duterte said.  “I cannot be perfect and sometimes you are correct when you say that life is never fair,” Duterte added. The President said that after thoroughly examining the matrix he said that he could not establish any guilt on Espino, Baraan and Espino. “There are gaps that cannot substantiate their actual involvement. I really cannot see the connection, it is not really very clear to me,” he added. READ MORE...RELATED, ‘Drug matrix error alarming’ ... RELATED(2) Palace: Trust Duterte on drug list...

ALSO:
Manila Standard column - Trillanes levels up
(So Senator Antonio Trillanes has leveled up, graduating from Senate timekeeper and microphone-minder to privilege-speech giver and resolution-proposer. How can you not believe that the agents of the former regime in the Senate are behind the move to destroy President Rodrigo Duterte using that poor sap, Matobato?)
[RELATED EARLIER COLUMN BY JOJO ROBLES: Undressing Leila]


SEPTEMBER 26 -BY JOJO ROBLES And here I was, thinking that the Senate had finally come to its senses about Mang Edgar, the guy who only went to first grade but who knew everything there was to know about the Davao Death Squad. Then the Senate’s mercenary-in-residence decided to take the floor. So Senator Antonio Trillanes has leveled up, graduating from Senate timekeeper and microphone-minder to privilege-speech giver and resolution-proposer. How can you not believe that the agents of the former regime in the Senate are behind the move to destroy President Rodrigo Duterte using that poor sap, Matobato? Apparently, the senators who are out to get Duterte have decided that Senator Leila de Lima has crashed and burned and is no longer suitable for the job of using Matobato for his intended purpose. And because Senator Franklin Drilon is, for one wily reason or another, unavailable to fill in for De Lima, Trillanes has stepped up to the plate. Trillanes gave a privilege speech yesterday that fact-checked the testimony given to the Senate in the past two weeks by Matobato. And Trillanes found—contrary to what many have concluded on their own, without consulting Trillanes, Drilon or De Lima—that the self-confessed killer of up to 50 persons was mostly telling the truth. READ MORE...RELATED, Undressing Leila...


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Trillanes bid to probe Duterte referred to Senate rules panel


SCREENGRAB Trillanes seeks Duterte probe.

MANILA, OCTOBER 3, 2016 (INQUIRER) By: Maila Ager, September 26th, 2016 07:26 PM  - AFTER a lengthy debate, the Senate has decided to refer to the committee on rules the privilege speech of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV seeking an investigation of the President.

This, after some senators pointed out that the House of Representatives was the proper venue to investigate President Duterte.

Trillanes wanted his speech, seeking a Senate probe on the alleged “direct” involvement of Duterte in the Davao Death Squad, to be referred to the Senate accountability of public officers and investigations also known as the blue ribbon committee being chaired by Senator Richard Gordon.

READ: Trillanes seeks Duterte probe

But Gordon, who also chairs the Senate committee on justice and human rights investigating the alleged extrajudicial killings in the country, objected to Trillanes’ motion.

“The Constitution allows us to hold the highest official of the land in a process called impeachment. We’ve seen that happened. President Estrada went through impeachment,” he said, referring to former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.

Gordon said those who want to file an impeachment complaint against Duterte may do so at the House of Representatives

“If you give it to the Senate committee on accountability, I cannot accept it because it’s going to be a waste of the taxpayers’ money,” he stressed.

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It was Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, who earlier said that the House was the right venue to investigate the President.

“The proper venue for that investigation will be in the House of Representatives because if a committee starts investigating that now, you’re investigating the President. We will be the judges later on the impeachment process,” Cayetano said.

“So I’m not objecting, I’m just giving my legislative and my legal opinion before everybody makes a decision kung saang komite po ito mapupunta,” he added.

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri shared the opinions of Gordon and Cayetano.

Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III later amended Trillanes’ motion and suggested to refer the speech instead to the committee on rules for review and study.

“I accept the amendment and submit to the wisdom of the body,” Trillanes said.

VIDEO: Senator Trillanes' privilege speech and Cayetano interpolated

 
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VIDEO PIMENTEL SUSPENDED SPEECH PRIVILEGE DUE TO ANIMOSITY BETWEEN TRILLANES AND CAYETANO

 
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VIDEO: MANNY PACQUIAO GRILLED MATOBATO IN VISAYA

 
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VIDEO: DE LIMA TO THE MATOBATO RESCUE AGAINST ZUBIRI

 
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FROM THE INQUIRER: EARLIER REPORT DURING THE MAY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN
(REPORTED MAY 9, 2016)

Trillanes vows to go after Duterte, win or lose INQUIRER.net By: Yuji Vincent Gonzales, May 9th, 2016 11:08 AM


Independent Vice Presidential candidate Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes casts his vote at the Holy Infant Montessori, Caloocan City. INQUIRER PHOTO / ELOISA LOPEZ

Vice presidential candidate Senator Antonio Trillanes IV cast his vote Monday morning in Caloocan City.

Trillanes, wearing an orange polo shirt, arrived at precinct 0687B at the Holy Infant Montessori Center at around 9 a.m. His mother and brothers arrived ahead of him.

“Maganda ang aking pakiramdam, regardless kung ano ang resulta ng election, patuloy ang ating pagsisilbi (I feel good. I will continue to serve regardless of the results of the election),” he said.

The senator also vowed to go after presidential frontrunner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte regardless of the outcome of the vote.

“Regardless of the results of the elections, magkikita kami at hahabulin ko talaga siya… I will deal with him after the election, hindi ko siya uurungan (Regardless of the elections, I will continue to go after him. I will deal with him after the election, I will not back down),” Trillanes said.

READ: Trillanes: Duterte has more hidden wealth

“Igagalang ko ang resulta ng eleksyon pero hindi ako titigil sa pagbabantay sa katiwalian sa bayan (I will respect the result of the elections, but I will not stop going after crooks),” he added.

Trillanes earlier exposed Duterte’s allegedly undeclared assets and billions of pesos worth of transactions in his bank accounts and said he would spearhead the impeachment moves should the tough-talking mayor win the presidency.

He also filed a plunder case against Duterte over alleged ghost employees in Davao.

Trillanes, a cellar-dweller in opinion polls with a single-digit percentage of voter preference, will still be a senator even if he loses in the vice presidential race.

Going into the final stretch of the election period, Duterte maintained his double-digit lead over his rivals in preference surveys. IDL/rga

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RELATED FROM SUNSTAR ONLINE MANILA

Proposal to probe Duterte's role in Davao killings irks senators Monday, September 26, 2016 By
CAMILLE P. BALAGTAS



AN INTENSE argument ensued between Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Alan Peter Cayetano after the former's privilege speech asking that the Senate blue ribbon committee to investigate President Rodrigo Duterte's role in Davao Death Squad (DDS).

Trillanes said he wants the Senate blue ribbon committee to handle the probe, insisting that it is important for the chamber to investigate the allegation that Duterte is a "mass murderer" and ordered killings in Davao when he was the mayor.

"If the Senate had in the past took up and investigated issues of corruption, even the role played by former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III in the reported massacre of Special Action Force (SAF) troopers in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, it is equally important that Edgar Matobato's revelation be looked into," Trillanes said.

Earlier, senators described Matobato as a questionable witness as he had "flip-flopped" in some of his earlier statements.

"Let us remember that Matobato finished only Grade 1, so he should be given elbow room. He cannot even read so there are no briefing folders before they operate (in DDS)," Trillanes said.

Cayetano, a known supporter of Duterte, stood up after the privilege speech of Trillanes. Cayetano said Trillanes should have not made individual assessment on the floor regarding Matobato.

Senator Richard Gordon, chair of both blue ribbon and justice committees, supported the view of Cayetano.

Gordon denied the request of Trillanes and said that this matter must be referred to the committee on rules for proper evaluation.

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III referred the matter to other senators for voting on whether the matter will be forwarded to the blue ribbon committee. (Sunnex)

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RELATED FROM GMA NEWS NETWORK

Trillanes, De Lima call for Senate probe on Bilibid stabbing incident Published September 28, 2016 4:07pm Updated September 28, 2016 5:25pm By KATHRINA CHARMAINE ALVAREZ, GMA News


DE LIMA, TRILLANES

Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Leila de Lima on Wednesday filed a resolution calling for a Senate probe on the stabbing incident inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

Resolution 174 directs the proper Senate committee to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the “apparent mismanagement and/or incompetence” of the NBP by the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) leading to the a supposed riot inside Building 14.

The resolution also seeks a probe on the alleged “isolation, intimidation, maltreatment, torture and other alleged human rights violations” committed by the PNP Special Action Force (SAF) on inmates.

Chinese drug lord Tony Co died, while three other high-profile inmates, Jaybee Sebastian, Peter Co and Vicente Sy, were hurt in a stabbing incident inside the NBP Building 14 Wednesday morning.


According to radio reports, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II confirmed the death of one inmate, Tony Co, while three other inmates, Jaybee Sebastian, Peter Co and Vicente Sy were hurt from the riot. They were rushed to the Medical Center ng Muntinlupa. Reports said Sebastian was stable.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said the prison “riot” started after another inmate, convicted police officer Clarence Dongail confronted Tony Co’s group, who were allegedly using shabu inside their prison cell.

But Trillanes and De Lima questioned the timing of the Bilbid incident, saying it came days after Sebastian said he will not testify on the alleged illegal drug trade inside the NBP.

According to De Lima, Sebastian was a government asset during her term as secretary of the DOJ. Several inmates, however, accused De Lima of tapping Sebastian to collect drug payoffs to fund her senatorial bid.

The resolution said the riot “can only be the result of serious, if not criminal, negligence on the part of BuCor and PNP.”

“The prison riot proves that even with the use of unnecessary violence, the PNP SAF has failed to prevent this fatal brawl among high-profile inmates ,” it said.

“The same alleged prison riot revealed that despite the entry of PNP SAF and the overhaul of the NBP management, the inmates still manage to smuggle drugs and weapons into the facility,” the resolution added.

In an interview, Trillanes said the probe would erase all speculations on what really transpired inside Building 14.

“Let’s get it directly from these people...Papatawag natin ‘yun directly concerned na mga individuals para ma-scrutinize natin ‘yun bawat isa at ma-validate ‘yun information na sinasabi natin,” he said.

De Lima earlier cast doubt whether the incident was a “riot” among high-profile inmates, saying it could be one of the government’s “mafia tactics” to scare prisoners who refuse to testify against her. — RSJ, GMA News


INQUIRER

Trillanes: Duterte exploring all sneaky tactics to silence critics SHARES: 1727 VIEW COMMENTS INQUIRER.net By: Yuji Vincent Gonzales, September 28th, 2016 07:02 PM


Committeee Chair Leila De Lima and Senator Antonio Trillanes during the initial Senate probe on the alleged extrajudicial killings at the Senate in Pasay City. INQUIRER PHOTO / RICHARD A. REYES

Sen. Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV on Tuesday said the administration was exploring all “underhanded tactics” to silence the critics of President Rodrigo Duterte and his bloody war on drugs, like what Sen. Leila de Lima was facing.

In an INQ&A interview, Trillanes said he was bracing for the worst of attacks from Duterte’s camp since the campaign period, but noted that threats would not stop him from exposing what needed to be exposed. “I am totally aware that they have sets of lawyers trying to find anything that can put us in jail… Lahat ng mga underhanded tactics, it’s on the table. All options are on the table para lang makuha nila ‘yung end nila,” Trillanes said.

“When I joined this expose, I assumed na bibirahin na ako,” said Trillanes, who said before the elections that a Duterte presidency would mean a “disaster” for the Philippines.

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After his privilege speech on Monday, Trillanes moved that the Senate blue ribbon committee investigate Duterte over his alleged direct involvement to more than a thousand of summary killings in his hometown when he was still Davao City mayor.

The senator tagged Duterte as a “mass murderer” President as he stood by the credibility of confessed hitman Edgar Matobato, who claimed to be a member of the infamous Davao Death Squad. During the campaign period, it was also Trillanes who revealed Duterte’s bank account which saw transactions of more than P1-billion in a nine-year period.

Trillanes also lamented that the congressional inquiry into the proliferation of drugs in the national penitentiary was being used by Duterte’s allies to coerce De Lima, who is being accused by the President and his men of coddling drug lords.

De Lima, who has become the President’s staunchest critic, initiated the Senate inquiry into the spate of suspected extrajudicial killings in the country amid the administration’s relentless antidrug campaign. Trillanes said “it doesn’t make sense” that drug lords and convicts were being used to testify against De Lima by a government who is waging a war against drugs and criminality.

“Credibility wise, character wise you cannot rely and hold on to the word of convicts. Bakit nangyari ‘yan ta’s binigyan pa agad ng immunity? Akala ko ba war on drugs tayo tapos ngayon ka-partner n’yo in the pursuit of an alleged protector,” he said. (Why did that happen then they were given immunity? I thought we’re at war against drugs but now, they’re partners in pursuit of an alleged protector.) “Kung ang kanilang objective ay magkaroon ng (If their objective is to have a) chilling effect, they were able to achieve it at least for some,” Trillanes added. TVJ

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RELATED FROM THE MANILA TIMES (COMMENTARY)

Mr. Duterte with the Left is an amazing, awe-inspiring optic BY MARLEN V. RONQUILLO ON OCTOBER 2, 2016 ANALYSIS AND COMMENTARY


Marlen V. Ronquillo

Forget for a moment the gruesome, horrific footage of four, five-year-old kids senselessly snuffed out by the war on drugs.

How can the future of the nation be collateral damage to the war on drugs?

For a change, another footage brings instant hope to an insurgency-weary nation. That awe-inspiring photo of Mr. Duterte – with his fist in an awkward clench – hosting a dinner for the leaders of the Left at the Palace.


SEEING RED -President Duterte hosts members of the peace panels of the government and the communist INQUIRER FILE

That was like the gesture of President Quezon to personally discuss the agrarian concerns of the Sosyalistas with Pedro Abad Santos in Pampanga – which was climaxed by Quezon’s announcement to give all of his 100 hectares of prime agricultural land in Arayat to the tenant-farmers. There are still grainy photos of Quezon with the Sosyalistas.

The Rebels at the Gate, indeed. But fully embraced by the state. And with the full intent to silence the guns of insurgency and sincerely talk peace with Mr. Duterte and his government.

Seal the deal, man, and you will go down in history as one great President. What failed in 1986 has found its perfect timing now. There is very little incentive for Mr. Duterte to abort a deal of epic significance to the nation.

Mrs. Aquino tried to talk peace with the Left in 1986.

But at a time when the appointment of a mere progressive like Augusto Sanchez – and his talk about profit-sharing – as labor secretary was viewed as a drift to a leftist state, you instantly felt that the talks, even with the sincerity, would go nowhere. The military rebels who were the central characters in the ouster of Mr. Marcos held too much sway and they drowned out the voices of the Aquino-supporting progressives in and out of the Cabinet.

“Chasing Reds was a national sport.”

The elements of a faction in the government of Mr. Aquino were determined to chase the Reds, real and mostly imaginary, out of the Aquino government. After so much bickering and recrimination, both sides called off the peace talks and things were back to Square One.

Today, the Left is still a potent force. There was no exaggeration to its claim that it opened several guerrilla fronts during the time of Mrs. Aquino’s son, the previous President. And it can open up some more should it desire to do so now.

It has an above-ground organization active in Congress, totally legit. But that underground and above-ground presence is useless unless what the Left calls as the “conditions obtaining” are not “conditions obtaining” in Philippine society. The conditions are intractable poverty, a vast rich-poor divide, the absolute lack of meritocracy and a political economy that offers no solutions to the crippling problems; the conditions that make the Left a viable proposition.

In Mr. Aquino’s six years in office, the economy grew by 6 to 7 percent consistently. But the top 1 percent vacuumed up 60 percent of the gains, and left the 99 percent scrambling for their crumbs. Those six years created a class of Filipino dollar billionaires that were ranked in the category of “those-who-can-buy-a-small country-rich.”

Yet, some towns, mostly in Mr. Duterte’s home region of Mindanao, had poverty levels of 84 percent and never budged at all from that dire status despite the growth levels of Mr. Aquino. Mr. Aquino’s invocation of “inclusive growth” was a verbal scam to cosmeticize the dark underbelly of his “for the top 1 percent presidency” – the condition, precisely, that heightens the allure of the Left and seals the success of its recruitment missions.

TIME TO TALK PEACE

Today is the time to talk peace, silence the guns of insurgency and mainstream the Left. And history is on the side of Mr. Duterte.

Today, Mr. Duterte’s government is negotiating with the legitimate party, the Reaffirm faction, the group with the real army and the strong above-ground organization.

The rigid belief in its capability to seize state power via a long protracted war is maybe impractical and was last validated in 1949 but it is the greatest source of its staying power. The dogged, plodding strength has its roots on the deep belief that history is on the side of insurgency. (At some point in my young life, I believed in that. At some point in the young lives of my parents, they believed in that, too. Later, you find out that there is no such thing as historical determinism.)

The factions outside of this group, those who reject the theory of a long, protracted war, have no value to Mr. Duterte for the simple reason that they have no army. Which is, from a negotiating point, correct.

Moreover, the political environment is different now.

The usual worst fears about a “Red Menace” are not as hysterical as before and the witch hunters, professionals and amateurs, have gone back to their caves.

Across the globe, left-wing insurgencies are either being wasted by irrelevance or successfully negotiating peace pacts with the state. Just look at the FARC.

That Mr. Duterte now prefers moving to the China-Russia axis and moving away from its old alliances, is viewed positively by the Left.

Across the globe, the pinpointed number one threat to global peace is Islamic fundamentalism and its armies that want to establish caliphates and antediluvian theocracies.

Secular insurgencies still worry Western democracies but at a lesser level of hysteria.

Mr. Duterte wants to seize the moment and make leadership history.


TRIBUNE

P300M from Leila’s NBP raid missing — DoJ chief Written by Benjamin B. Pulta and Angie M. Rosales Wednesday, 28 September 2016 00:00


De Lima dares Aguirre to freeze bank accounts

Fresh allegations have come the way of Sen. Leila de Lima, with charges from Department of Justice (DoJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre baring in a TV interview yesterday that up to P300 million in cash seized during raids inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa two years ago during the time of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s term remains missing, saying that he has new witnesses, an inmate and a government official to testify to these missing millions.He did not identify the new witnesses, however.

Aguirre, who wants to pin down de Lima on links to the rampant drug trade in the penitentiary, said the sum was recovered by government agents during the first raid conducted on December 15, 2014 led by de Lima herself.

Two witnesses will take the witness stand on the missing money during the continuation of the investigation being conducted by the House committee on justice on the illegal drugs operation inside the NBP on October 5 next month .

“Ostensibly on paper, they said they only confiscated firearms and other contraband items and P1.6 million, but in reality, the witness said they were able to get more than P300 million in cash from that particular raid,” Aguirre said.

The “big question” now, he said, is why the newspapers only stated P1.6-million. Where did the rest of the P300-million go?,” he stressed.

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Aguirre admitted that they do not know if the money was brought to de Lima, butthat it is possible that the money was divided among some people.

“She (Leila) was in on the plan,” he said when asked if there is direct proof of de Lima’s connection to the trade.

It will be recalled that then CIDG chief Romeo Magalong testified at the House hearing that despite his many meetings with de Lima to raid the NBP through his Oplan Cronus, de Lima left him and his CIDG boys out in the cold for the raid.

Instead, she raided the NBP without telling Maganto and bringing her own team.

Drug proceeds ran into hundreds of millions

Aguirre has said the proceeds from the illegal drugs transactions in the national penitentiary easily ran into the hundreds of millions of pesos or even billions as he said that 75 percent of all drug transactions in the country came from the NBP.

The first raid at the NBP resulted in the temporary transfer of 19 high profile inmates to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) pending renovation of Building 14 where they were eventually detained on July 2015. Building 14 currently houses 53 high profile inmates, majority of whom are drug lords, including the 19 inmates that were transferred to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

The raid uncovered the five-star living standards the inside the NBP of high-profile inmates. Firearms, ammunition and other deadly weapons were also seized during the raid.

DoJ open to Leila’s driver immunity from prosecution

Aguirre said he is open to allowing the granting of Ronnie Dayan, immunity from prosecution if he testifies on his former’s boss alleged links. Dayan, Aguirre bared, collected campaign money for de Lima from high-profile inmates.

“It is possible to grant him (Dayan) immunity as long as he tells the the truth. The immunity or his being a state witness, is possible as long as you don’t appear as the most guilty. We can grant you immunity,” Aguirre told reporters in an interview Tuesday.

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez could offer the same immunity given to the witnesses who testified in the House’ inquiry on the proliferation of illegal drugs at the national penitentiary.

“The Speaker could offer you immunity like other witnesses. As long as the condition that he would tell is only nothing but the truth,” he added.

The DoJ chief said he is confident that they also have enough evidence to pin de Lima, citing the testimonies of the witnesses in the House’ inquiry as well as documentary evidence like bank records.

Leila: Aguirre’s evidence as fake as his wig

In a new statement, de Lima slammed Aguirre and likened the supposed new evidence to the justice secretary’s wig.

“Alleged evidence against me is like his toupee, his wig - fake and cosmetics only. There is nothing in it other than that. Nothing is authentic. What is real, however, are the killings,” de Lima said.

“What is tragic is that these killings continue unabated. And the criminals, including these so-called vigilantes, are getting bolder; while the victims are getting younger,” she added, emphasizing that the Justice department should “instead focus its efforts in investigating and prosecuting the syndicates.”

De Lima dared Aguirre: Prove existence, freeze accounts

De Lima now training all her guns at Aguirre, challenged him to prove the existence of alleged bank accounts containing her stashed drug money by placing them under freeze order by the courts.

Contrary to the claims of Aguirre, who earlier claimed that over P38 million in cash deposits were supposedly made in the accounts of relatives of the senator’s former driver-lover and bagman, de Lima said the information that reached her showed that there is no adverse or negative findings on her by the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC).

“So these alleged bank accounts of mine, these dummy accounts of mine are all fake. It’s not authentic. They’re making me laugh. Since they have nothing on me, they are now saying all this stuff. Who could possibly say that I have these dummy accounts?,” she said.

“I will say this again, I do not have dummy accounts in the name of any other person, whether close to me or not. So these are all their false claims. All these are being invented by them. I am getting tired of it, which is why I joke about this.

“ You know I can’t help myself, so you can understand why there are times when I react to these false claims. I’m just giving them a dose of their own medicine. This is because these claims are so funny and because they are finny, I just want to joke about it. I do not want to get sick by taking these charges seriously, because these are really lies,” de Lima said in an interview with reporters.

In retaliation, the senator dared Aguirre to freeze her alleged bank accounts, to prove its existence and ownership of at least her supposed dummies.

“I know that the banks will not do that because these are not my accounts.

They cannot just freeze those accounts without the permission of the true owners or without court order,” the former DoJ chief said.
“But we must challenge them: Freeze these accounts. I will have his (Aguirre’s ) wig removed if he can do this.

“If you are convinced that the so-called bank accounts are mine but are in the names of dummies, please tell the banks to freeze these accounts. Let’s find out who opened the accounts. What are the particulars. These should be opened and we will all find out who opened these accounts allegedly representing me etc.

“I’m just challenging them if they’re really convinced that there are such accounts in the banks,” de Lima added.

Reports said that relatives of senator’s former driver turned bagman, Ronnie Dayan, are keeping millions of pesos in their accounts, some P38 million, under the name of Hannah Mae Dayan and Marco Palisoc – his daughter and cousin respectively.

“Secretary Aguirre’s alleged evidence against me is like his toupee, his wig – fake and cosmetics only. There is nothing into it other than that. Nothing’s authentic. What is real however are the killings. What is tragic is that these killings continue unabated. And the criminals, including these so-called vigilantes, are getting bolder, while the victims are getting younger.

Some 20,584 minors have reportedly been exploited into drug use and peddling. At this point, the Justice Department should instead focus its efforts in investigating and prosecuting the syndicates — the real culprits — who force these minors to go into drug pushing,” said de Lima.

DoJ chief eyes online videos as evidence

Grainy prurient videos circulating online showing a woman dressed only in spectacles while engaged in a compromising position with a similarly undressed man may be introduced as evidence once proper charges are filed in court, Justice Secretary Aguirre said.

“It will prove how Ronnie Dayan was powerful, why he was able to extract money from the drug lords because an ordinary driver could not do it,” Aguirre said adding that government lawyers may be constrained to present as evidence the three low resolution videos purportedly of Senator de Lima.

Dayan was de Lima’s former driver. He has been tagged in a drug syndicate exacting millions from the drug trade inside the NBP.
Malacañang has virtually accused de Lima , a prominent critic of the administration’s policy of state-sponsored extrajudicial killings of drug suspects, as a beneficiary of the drug trade inside the national penitentiary whiel she was still justice secretary.

On the testimony of former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officer-in-charge and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Deputy Director Rafael Ragos, he said there were two occasions when he and escort Jovencio Ablen delivered P5-million each to de Lima’s house. He said they handed the sums to Dayan in the presence of de Lima.

The videos, however, Aguirre said has yet to be submitted to the NBI for authentication.

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Aguirre advises De Lima: Don’t be hysterical SHARES: 1507 VIEW COMMENTS INQUIRER.net By: Tetch Torres-Tupas, September 28th, 2016 02:43 PM


SCREENGRAB: "GANYAN BA MGA LALAKE? THEY ARE LIARS AND FOOLS"

“Don’t be hysterical. Defend yourself like a lawyer,” Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II told Senator Leila De Lima who turned emotional at a press conference, calling President Rodrigo Duterte to stop the attacks against her.

“Kung magiging hysterical ka, magsisisigaw ka, hindi ka maiintindihan ng tao. Hindi maiintidihan kung bakit ka naghi-hysterical (If you become hysterical, just scream, the people won’t get you. They won’t understand why you are acting hysterically),” Aguirre told reporters.

De Lima accused the government of fabricating evidence to pin her down. The Senator added that the inmates who testified against her were also coerced and tortured.

READ: De Lima to Duterte: Arrest me now!

Aguirre belied the claims, saying they were calm and even cracked jokes during the House Committee on Justice hearing on the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

“’Yan ang truthful witness. Magpresinta ka ng ganyan, Senator De Lima, hindi ‘yung daldal ka nang daldal (That’s how a truthful witness behaves. Present someone like that, Senator De Lima, instead of just yakking),” Aguirre said.

Aguirre dared De Lima to present her evidence to show that they fabricated the evidence against her and that they tortured high profile inmates who testified against her.


SCREENGRAB Aguirre urges De Lima: Answer allegations (WATCH EMBEDDED VIDEO BELOW)

READ: De Lima to Aguirre: Evidence against me is fake–like your wig

“State the facts! Nasan ang ebidensya mo? ‘Pag ikaw ay nag-akusa dapat may pruweba na ang mga inmates ay tinorture, na peke ang ebidensya…Parang hindi ka abogado (Where’s your evidence? If you are the one accusing, you should prove that the inmates were tortured and that the evidence we presented were fabricated. You are acting as if you are not a lawyer),” Aguirre added. IDL

VIDEO: Aguirre tells De Lima to tone down hysterics

 
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Aguirre tells De Lima to tone down hysterics INQUIRER.net INQUIRER.net Subscribe64,452 Add to Share More 100 views 5 0 Published on Sep 28, 2016 “Don’t be hysterical. Defend yourself like a lawyer,” Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II told Senator Leila De Lima who turned emotional at a press conference, calling President Rodrigo Duterte to stop the attacks against her.

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A different Digong says sorry, owes error Written by Ted Tuvera Wednesday, 28 September 2016 00:00

Arayat, Pampanga — An apologetic President Duterte yesterday absolved former Pangasinan governor, now 5th District Rep. Amado Espino, and two others of involvement in the illegal drugs matrix that he earlier had made public.

At a press conference after inspecting an “abandoned” nar-cotics laboratory supposedly intended to manufacture the poor man’s substance called shabu in an isolated barrio here, Duterte admitted lapses in tagging Espino, former Pangasinan Provincial Administrator Rafael Baraan and Pangasinan board member Raul Sison in the so-called “Bilibid matrix.”

The said matrix included in it former Justice Secretary,now Sen. Leila de Lima as well as her alleged driver-lover Ronnie Dayan.“I think somehow we were negligent in counter-checking (information) during the first report. So to Espino and to Sison and Baraan, the brother, not the undersecretary because he’s really involved, I would like to apologize to you publicly, and I would say now, I’m very sorry,” Duterte said.

“I cannot be perfect and sometimes you are correct when you say that life is never fair,” Duterte added.

The President said that after thoroughly examining the matrix he said that he could not establish any guilt on Espino, Baraan and Espino.

“There are gaps that cannot substantiate their actual involvement. I really cannot see the connection, it is not really very clear to me,” he added.

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Asked who is at fault for the supposed lapses, the President said that he’s taking full responsibility for his mistakes.

However, Duterte said that he is not absolving Espino and Baraan from their alleged involvement in black sand mining which is currently being tried at the Sandiganbayan.

“With regard to black sand mining, there is probable cause. I’m reviewing it every night that’s why I can say that they’re really into it. On that note, I cannot say that they are not involved,” the President said.

It was de Lima who first filed raps against Espino with regard to the mining case.

As a response to the President’s statement, Rep. Espino, in a statement sent to reporters, said he is “humbled” by the President’s apology, adding that he’s willing to cooperate in the administration’s war on illegal drugs.

“I kept my silence in the past three weeks as I know, beyond reasonable doubt, that I am not guilty of (the President’s) allegation,” he said.

“Let me reassure the President of my sincere and relentless support on his anti-drug and peace and order campaign,” Espino added.

Big time shabu mill

Detained drugs syndicates at the National Bilibid Prisons (NBP) has almost started a “big time” shabu factory in Pampanga.

This is what Duterte himself confirmed yesterday in a press conference after inspecting the seized laboratory with big equipment located at an isolated barrio at the foot of Mount Arayat.

“The operators of this structure are drug lords there inside (NBP). Somehow, if not for the cellphones there in Bilibid they could not have done it,” Duterte said.

De Lima was alleged to be in cahoots with drugs syndicates inside the NBP as the illegal drugs trade, whose brains are actual convicts, reportedly proliferated during her stint as Secretary of the Department of Justice.

The Arayat shabu lab, according to Duterte, was constructed before the May 9 elections and was eventually abandoned by a Chinese operator whom he identified as “Sandy Chua” who managed to escape the raid launched last week by operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Chua bought the land from a political figure in Arayat town, Duterte said.

Locals living beside the abandoned structure told reporters that their former baranggay chairman, who is supposedly the owner of the lot where the shabu lab is, was arrested for drugs involvement about a year ago.

The abandoned structure has not been operational yet but Duterte said if he was not the one who won as President, the meth factory has the capacity to supply the whole of Metro Manila with illegal drugs.

“The rusty knots were not properly tightened yet. This factory could have produced two sessions at 100 to 200 kilos per rounds, per prodcution. If it can go (into production) twice a day, this could have produced 400 kilos of shabu per day,” Duterte said after looking around the structure. Ted Tuvera

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‘Drug matrix error alarming’ BY JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA, TMT ON SEPTEMBER 29, 2016 TOP STORIES

THE mistake committed by President Rodrigo Duterte in naming public officials allegedly involved in illegal drug operations in the country should serve as a lesson to the President that he should refrain from releasing to the public unverified information.

According to political analyst Ramon Casiple, the President is the only one who should be blamed for the gaffe because he was the one who released the wrong information to the public despite having the resources and means to verify it first.

“He could counter check the information given to him with other agencies before making any public announcement,” Casiple said in an interview.

The political analyst was referring to Duterte’s recent admission about the erroneous inclusion of former Pangasinan governor and now Rep. Amado Espino, dismissed Pangasinan provincial administrator Rafael Baraan, and Pangasinan board member Raul Sison in the so-called drug matrix prepared by intelligence officials.

Casiple sees the lapses as a cause for concern, noting that if the President and his intelligence people could make a mistake on small matters, it is also possible that they could commit blunders on more serious matters.

In fact in the past several weeks, the President made a lot of comments and pronouncements that were later clarified by his officials or withdrawn by Duterte himself.

Such practice of the President, Casiple said, also made the usual protocol of the office inapplicable particularly the one about the President having the last word on issues.

“There are many instances wherein the first word will come from the President and his officials will be the one who will explain. That is why for me the best approach is to give more attention to his actions instead of his words,” Casiple said.

The incident, he said, also made a dent on Duterte’s credibility, but because of his high ratings at present, it would not have any effect on the President.

Lists ‘doubtful’



Senator Panfilo Lacson said an immediate review of the “drug list” was in order following the admission of the President regarding the mistake in the drug matrix.

“It goes without saying that the credibility of that list and all other narco-lists involving other sectors for that matter has now become doubtful,” Lacson noted.

The senator at the same time insisted that an intelligence report must be treated as “confidential,” “Secret” or
“Top Secret” document, depending on its security classification.

A narco-list, he added, is a product of an intelligence workshop and is disseminated only to personnel with the corresponding security clearance. Making it public would not only warn those in the list and jeopardize any ongoing intelligence operations but would also unnecessarily shame them or put their lives at risk.

It would also be unfair to those who may not be correctly tagged as committing wrongdoings.

“As I said, the President or any official making a classified document public is ill-advised and will not serve the purpose for which it was prepared,” Lacson added.

‘Not Jesus’



As for Sen. Leila de Lima, Duterte’s apology was a clear admission that there was really nothing in the drug matrix that would link her to the illegal drug trade.

According to her, it is unfortunate to find out that the highest official of the land has not only been fed lies and wrong information but also has listened to rumors and intrigues.

But the worst part is that if Duterte is being fed wrong information on matters involving drugs, it is also possible that the Philippine National Police (PNP) might also be getting erroneous information from its “Oplan Tokhang” targets.

“How reliable is the information fed to the PNP by barangay captains in Operation Tokhang? What does that tell us about barangay captains’ lists of drug pushers and addicts who are subjected to tokhang and vigilante assassinations based on said lists, if intel provided the President himself is prone to mistakes?” de Lima pointed out.

“Tokhang” means “knock and plead,” referring to the practice of policemen to visit the homes of drug suspects and ask them to surrender.

“No amount of apologies from the President will bring the dead back to life. He is not Jesus Christ who can bring Lazarus back to life, contrary to the belief of his fanatic supporters,” she added.

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Palace: Trust Duterte on drug list ABS-CBN News Posted at Sep 29 2016 12:53 PM


President Rodrigo Duterte. File Photo

MANILA-- Malacanang urged the public on Thursday to trust President Rodrigo Duterte on his war on drugs, even after he admitted to errors in his list of government officials who were allegedly on the take.

More than trusting the drug list itself, Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said Filipinos should trust Duterte.

"He (Duterte) has publicly said 'I made a mistake, I apologize. I'm sorry.' The one that we trust is not so much the list but the President himself who has the actual humility to accept that he made a mistake," Abella said.

Duterte apologized this week for including former Pangasinan governor Amado Espino and two others in his drug list.

The President took office on June 30 with the promise to destroy the illegal drug trade and save the Philippines from becoming a narco-state.

According to data from the ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group, 1,807 drug suspects have been killed since May 10 when Duterte's election mandate became clear.


MANILA STANDARD COMMENTARY

Trillanes levels up posted September 27, 2016 at 12:01 am by Jojo Robles


BY JOJO ROBLES

And here I was, thinking that the Senate had finally come to its senses about Mang Edgar, the guy who only went to first grade but who knew everything there was to know about the Davao Death Squad. Then the Senate’s mercenary-in-residence decided to take the floor.

So Senator Antonio Trillanes has leveled up, graduating from Senate timekeeper and microphone-minder to privilege-speech giver and resolution-proposer. How can you not believe that the agents of the former regime in the Senate are behind the move to destroy President Rodrigo Duterte using that poor sap, Matobato?

Apparently, the senators who are out to get Duterte have decided that Senator Leila de Lima has crashed and burned and is no longer suitable for the job of using Matobato for his intended purpose. And because Senator Franklin Drilon is, for one wily reason or another, unavailable to fill in for De Lima, Trillanes has stepped up to the plate.

Trillanes gave a privilege speech yesterday that fact-checked the testimony given to the Senate in the past two weeks by Matobato. And Trillanes found—contrary to what many have concluded on their own, without consulting Trillanes, Drilon or De Lima—that the self-confessed killer of up to 50 persons was mostly telling the truth.

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That “mostly” is there because Trillanes will accept some minor problems with Matobato’s testimony. According to the senator, any inconsistencies in the witness’ account are understandable given a) his lack of education b) his inability to properly communicate in Tagalog (or, heaven forbid, in De Lima’s English) and c) his terribly advanced age of 57.

Trillanes then declared that he was filing a motion to investigate Duterte for his involvement in the killing in Davao City when the current president was still mayor, on the basis of Matobato’s testimony. It was—in Trillanes’ mind, anyway—the only way to proceed for the Senate.

Sure, it was. After all, one the major gripes about Matobato’s tale of 1,000 death squad killings was that De Lima wanted the Senate to investigate extrajudicial executions that have taken place since Duterte became president—not what he did when he was still mayor.

And so, Trillanes officially declared the shift in the DDS’ (for Drilon, De Lima and Sonny) strategy: If we can’t bring him down for what he did now that he’s president, let’s get him for what he did before that.

The beauty of it all—again, in the steel-trap mind of Trillanes —is that none of Matobato’s testimony will be wasted. The Senate will just use the same witness and perhaps the other witnesses lined up originally by De Lima, as well.

For someone who unquestionably leads the Senate in the number of consultants hired, Trillanes’ plan of recycling Matobato is simply out of character. The senator is just chock-full of surprises.

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But I started this column by calling Trillanes a mercenary. And I believe that, unlike when he displayed a new-found sense of frugality in the case of Matobato’s testimony, Trillanes is not about to shed his reputation as a gun for hire.

As Trillanes told Senator Alan Peter Cayetano yesterday, “I’m not here to oust anyone.” Then Trillanes remembered who he was and quickly added: “Not yet.”

Of course, the reason Trillanes got to the Senate in the first place was his role in what has now been called the Oakwood Mutiny. That takeover of the swank Makati serviced apartment building in 2003 by Trillanes and his other Magdalo brethren would not have been possible if they had not been financed by former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.

Without the money from Estrada, then facing plunder charges, the Magdalo plot to oust then-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo would have remained a fantasy. It was while the plot was being hatched and then carried out that Trillanes first tasted the mercenary life; he hasn’t looked back since.

CO-STARS IN VP BINAY POBE

Unlike his more principled Magdalo comrades, Trillanes would stay a “merc.” He would become, after his election to the Senate, one of the most famous hitmen of the Aquino administration, brokering surreptitious, unauthorized deals as “backchannel negotiator” with China, playing a co-starring role with Cayetano and now Senate President Koko Pimentel in the longest running Senate investigation ever which demolished the presidential chances of Vice President Jejomar Binay and finally taking solo billing in the last-minute attempt to destroy then-candidate Duterte with tales of hundreds of millions in presumably tainted money stashed in banks on the week before the May 9 elections.

Now, of course, Trillanes has found his new calling as Matobato’s chief handler and protector, after merely playing a supporting role to De Lima. The only question that remains is, who’s paying for Trillanes’ services now?

I guess the the answer to that question may come soon. For all of De Lima’s weaknesses, after all, I think she was still a harder target to bring down than Trillanes.

Frankly, I can’t wait to see that perpetual smug smirk wiped off the face of Trillanes. And I hope the day comes soon when he is again humiliated and led out by the waistband of his pants, just like he was after he destroyed the Manila Peninsula Hotel.

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EARLIER COLUMN BY JOJO ROBLES

Undressing Leila posted September 20, 2016 at 12:01 am by Jojo Robles


DE LIMA, TRILLANES DURING SENATE PROBE

TODAY’S (FAKE) SCOOP: Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV will attend the start of the House hearings on the alleged proliferation of illegal drugs at the New Bilibid Prison today but not, he said, as the representative of Senator Leila de Lima.

Trillanes, in a statement, said that he was only going to make sure that the microphones are all in working order and that no one speaks too long in the Batasang Pambansa during the justice committee investigation.

“I have decided that this is going to be my new advocacy,” Trillanes said. “I intend to file a bill that will make it mandatory for all legislative bodies, from the Senate to the barangay councils, to prohibit ‘unli’ questioning, whether or not they use microphones.”

Trillanes also denied reports that he intends to challenge another supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte in the Senate, neophyte Senator Manny Pacquiao, to “make porma” during the next hearing to be called by De Lima, the chairman of the justice committee, later this week.

Earlier, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano asked Pacquiao to attend the next hearing of the De Lima committee and to sit between him and Trillanes.

“If Trillanes makes any sudden moves to turn off my microphone, he will have to reach past Manny, who may think, because of his long training as a boxer, that Trillanes is throwing a jab,” Cayetano said.

“I will not be responsible for Senator Pacquiao’s retaliatory action, in that case,” Cayetano said. “I don’t even know if Pacquiao will write a letter of apology to Trillanes after he gives him a left hook to the face.”

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I know it’s an unsettling mental image. But I want to know if Leila de Lima will finally be undressed in the House hearings on the proliferation of illegal drugs at the national penitentiary that will start today.

Of course, one of the best things about the investigation of the House committee on justice is that Senator Leila is not in any way involved in conducting it. If she were, all we can look forward to is a repeat of last week’s parody of a Senate probe, featuring a poorly coached witness who wasn’t even testifying on the matter at hand and a committee chairman who shamelessly prodded that witness when he stumbled.

De Lima should be ashamed of how she acted as the de facto lawyer of Edgar Matobato, the self-confessed hitman, during the hearing of her committee last Thursday. Her partner in parody, Trillanes, has at least had the good sense to apologize in writing to Cayetano­—although I do not accept that Trillanes was moved by “passion” when he bullied Cayetano and attempted to cut off his microphone.

De Lima has repeatedly said that she will not attend the proceedings, which will be presided over by her House counterpart, law-school fraternity brother and former fellow traveler on the daang matuwid, Rep. Rey Umali of Mindoro Oriental. Umali’s presence as head of the House justice committee has apparently not convinced De Lima that she will get a fair shake in the Batasan, even if the Mindoro lawmaker has protested loud and long that he will be almost Rotary-like in truth and in fairness to everyone concerned.

Perhaps De Lima, who has derided the House probe as a “kangaroo court,” is worried that Umali was very much involved in that bicameral conspiracy that she also had a small hand in, the conviction and removal of the late Chief Justice Renato Corona. Maybe De Lima is afraid that Umali has found another “small lady” who has in her possession damning documents and other evidence that the committee will use against her.

I can’t really blame De Lima if she now has developed a deathly fear of little women ­—after all, Gloria Arroyo has been released and remains a member of Congress. And everyone knows how De Lima, as Noynoy Aquino’s justice secretary, defied a Supreme Court restraining order that allowed Arroyo to leave the country for medical treatment using the flimsy, illegal grounds that she was still going to be charged for other, undeclared offenses.

But I think I understand where De Lima is coming from—how she can explain to herself that she is conducting an “impartial” hearing that everyone agrees is totally biased and how she can conclude that any investigation involving her is a kangaroo court even before the first hearing has begun. I call it Yellow Exceptionalism.

3 YELLOW ORPHANS

De Lima, Trillanes and Senator Frankin Drilon, to name just three orphans of the late, unlamented Aquino regime, continue to believe that everything Yellow is good and everything that is not is, well, the spawn of the devil. And they have vowed to bring down the foul-mouthed man from Davao who stymied their plan to continue on the straight path for another six years and for many more after that, using all means, fair or foul.

But of course, the problem with the Yellows is that they aren’t really as saintly as they want us (or themselves) to believe. Like De Lima (and Trillanes, Drilon and all politicians, really), they have skeletons to hide. And if these skeletons are unearthed from their shallow graves, there will be hell to pay.

So don’t be too disturbed by the thought of seeing De Lima naked in the literal sense. Tomorrow, when she is figuratively stripped of her hypocrisy and subterfuge, you may find the image that remains even more disgusting.


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