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SENATE PANEL FINDINGS ON EJKs 'OPENDED-ENDED' - LACSON
(“‘Yung sinasabi lang sa report, so far walang evidence to show na state-sponsored o may alam ang Pangulo sa nangyaring pagpatay,” Lacson said.He said the finding could be corrected if a new evidence or witness could prove otherwise.)
[RELATED: Trillanes - 9 witnesses not questioned in Senate probe]


DECEMBER 13 -The Senate committee on justice and human rights, chaired by Senator Richard Gordon, joint with the committee on public order and dangerous drugs, chaired by Senator Panfilo Lacson, issued the reminder to the President as part of their report on their investigation into the alleged extrajudicial killings in the country. THE finding of the Senate justice and human rights committee that extra-judicial killing is not state-sponsored remains inconclusive until new evidence or a witness proves otherwise, Sen. Panfilo Lacson yesterday said. Lacson made the remark as panel chair Sen. Richard Gordon delivered his sponsorship speech on the findings of the committee. “Open-ended pa rin (ang findings ng committee). Hindi naman conclusive na hindi state-sponsored ang nangyayaring EJKs,” he said. READ MORE...RELATED, Trillanes: 9 witnesses not questioned in Senate probe...

ALSO: House leaders file new criminal complaint vs Leila
[RELATED: Leila faces ouster over ethics plaint: Senator, ex-lover accused of defying summons]
[RELATED: De Lima leaves country amid protests]


DECEMBER 13 -
House officials led by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez filed the complaint yesterday as they sought Sen. Leila de Lima’s indictment for violating Article 150 of the Revised Penal Code or disobedience to summons issued by Congress, its committee or subcommittees. AP – Sen. Leila de Lima is facing yet another criminal complaint before the Department of Justice (DOJ), this time for allegedly trying to prevent her former driver-lover Ronnie Dayan from testifying in the House of Representatives’ inquiry on the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison. House officials led by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez filed the complaint yesterday as they sought De Lima’s indictment for violating Article 150 of the Revised Penal Code or disobedience to summons issued by Congress, its committee or subcommittees. De Lima, who is currently in the US to receive a citation as one of the 100 leading global thinkers for 2016 by Foreign Policy magazine, dismissed the move as only an attempt “to save face” as the House hearings on her alleged involvement in the illicit trade “were exposed to be all of a farce.” READ MORE...RELATED, Leila faces ouster over ethics plaint: House accuses senator, ex-lover of defying summons... RELATED(2), De Lima leaves country amid protests...

ALSO Senate EJK report: Leila hits Gordon with libeling, attacking and pillorying; claims whitewash, files dissent
[RELATED BLOG NEWS: BREAKING!! LEILA DE LIMA THROWN OUT OF CONFERENCE HALL IN BERLIN,GERMANY -Video news]


DECEMBER 14 -Sen. Leila de Lima hit committee chairman Sen. Richard Gordon for “libeling, attacking and pillorying” her and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV after they dared to come out against President Duterte over the killings. AP/Bullit Marquez
Refusing to accept the findings of the Senate committee on justice and human rights on the issue of extrajudicial killings, Sen. Leila de Lima has filed a dissenting report that she said contained the “true findings” of the investigation. De Lima hit committee chairman Sen. Richard Gordon for “libeling, attacking and pillorying” her and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV after they dared to come out against President Duterte over the killings. In a committee report, Gordon reprimanded De Lima and Trillanes for showing “unethical conduct and unparliamentary behavior during the hearings.”  READ MORE...RELATED,
BREAKING!! LEILA DE LIMA THROWN OUT OF CONFERENCE HALL IN BERLIN,GERMANY...

ALSO: Award for De Lima in New York meant to hit Duterte, says ally[RELATED: De Lima, Roman among Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers]
[RELATED(2) Viral: Netizen Reveals Alleged Involvement Of Loida Nicolas-Lewis To De Lima’s Award]


DECEMBER 12 -A lawmaker believes Senator Leila de Lima was honored by an international award-giving body to hit President Rodrigo Duterte and his war on drugs. De Lima was among the 100 Foreign Policy Global Thinkers recognized in Washington D.C. on Monday. Organizers said its honorees prove there are individuals who could step in to ease the suffering of others, especially in today's world where challenging strains of populism seem to be redefining the new normal. READ: De Lima receives award for standing up against Duterte Oriental Mindoro Representative Reynaldo Umali believes the award was given to De Lima as a knock against Duterte's war on drugs, which De Lima had been vocally opposing.
"I don’t know, this may be a lobby that was being done by some groups somehow to hit more on the President because as you very well know, the Americans are so critical of the war on drugs of the President," he said in an interview with ANC's Headstart. READ MORE...RELATED, De Lima, Roman among Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers... RELATED(2)
Viral: Netizen Reveals Alleged Involvement Of Loida Nicolas-Lewis To De Lima’s Award...

ALSO: De Lima to raise PH HR, killings before Berlin conference
(RELATED: Embattled senator to speak at the Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy)


DECEMBER 15 -Senator Leila de Lima vowed to raise the country’s concerns over human rights violations and summary killings at the five-day Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, Germany.
De Lima, a staunch human rights advocate, is set to speak at the said conference from December 14 to 19. De Lima said she is ready to share with conference delegates the country’s experience in addressing human rights violations amid the spate of extrajudicial killings in the government’s war on drugs. “The conference is a perfect opportunity to bring forward the human rights issues faced by the country, including our respective experiences, and gather support for actions that mitigate the prevailing culture of impunity,” De Lima said. READ MORE...RELATED, Embattled senator to speak at the Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy...

ALSO: Leila’s bid to smear, impeach Du30 stupid, says Speaker Alvarez[RELATED: De Lima vows to return after 'official' trips abroad]


DECEMBER 16 -
Sen. Leila de Lima’s bid to bring before an international human rights audience her allegations that President Duterte is behind extrajudicial killings brought about by his war on drugs after earlier saying Mr. Duterte was ripe for impeachment were branded as stupid acts. De Lima, who is set to speak at the Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy (ACCD) in Berlin, Germany said she will share with the delegates of the conference the country’s experience in addressing human rights violations amid spate of extrajudicial killings and summary executions on the government’s war on drugs. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, however, called “stupid” de Lima’s act to bring to the international stage her allegations and also her claim that Mr. Duterte can be impeached for his admission of killing criminals.
“She’s not just a liar but also stupid. You cannot just impeach an official based on mere words,” Alvarez said. “You have to prove the offense. The President can always say ‘I was only joking,’ he added.In an interview with CNN International, de Lima said “mass murders certainly fall under the category of high crimes and high crimes is a ground for impeachment.” 
READ MORE...RELATED, De Lima vows to return after 'official' trips abroad...


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Panel findings on EJK ‘open-ended’: Lacson


DECEMBER 13 -The Senate committee on justice and human rights, chaired by Senator Richard Gordon, joint with the committee on public order and dangerous drugs, chaired by Senator Panfilo Lacson, issued the reminder to the President as part of their report on their investigation into the alleged extrajudicial killings in the country.

MANILA, DECEMBER 19, 2016 (MALAYA) December 13, 2016 - THE finding of the Senate justice and human rights committee that extra-judicial killing is not state-sponsored remains inconclusive until new evidence or a witness proves otherwise, Sen. Panfilo Lacson yesterday said.

Lacson made the remark as panel chair Sen. Richard Gordon delivered his sponsorship speech on the findings of the committee.

“Open-ended pa rin (ang findings ng committee). Hindi naman conclusive na hindi state-sponsored ang nangyayaring EJKs,” he said.

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Lacson said what was stated in the committee report was that there was no evidence yet that will prove that thousands who have been killed by unidentified suspects, or vigilantes, on President Duterte’s call to stamp out illegal drugs.

About 6,000 persons have been killed, of which around 4,000 were perpetrated by vigilantes, riding-in-tandem, or what the police called “deaths under investigation.”

“‘Yung sinasabi lang sa report, so far walang evidence to show na state-sponsored o may alam ang Pangulo sa nangyaring pagpatay,” Lacson said.

He said the finding could be corrected if a new evidence or witness could prove otherwise.

Gordon, in his sponsorship speech, also clarified that the committee report was based on the witnesses called by former panel chair Sen. Leila de Lima.

Gordon, who took over the committee chairmanship from De Lima in the middle of the Senate investigation, said none of the testimonies and evidence presented pointed to the involvement of Duterte in the EJKs, except that of self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato who Gordon said, was a perjured witness.

Matobato, in his testimony, said the Davao Death Squad was involved in at least 1,000 summary executions of petty criminals when Duterte was mayor of Davao City for more than two decades.

But the self-confessed former DDS member said he never saw Duterte personally execute the killings.

During his sponsorship, Gordon also called as “unparliamentary” the actions of De Lima and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV of walking out of the hearings and allowing Matobato to leave without the knowledge of the committee.

While Gordon was delivering his speech, Trillanes entered the session hall and pointed a finger to Gordon, for which he was admonished by the latter.

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III later clarified that Trillanes just wanted the plenary to know that he wanted Gordon interpellated first.

During his interpellation, Trillanes said he was “impressed” with the committee report.

He said the report failed to include in its findings the testimony of two witnesses of the Commission on Human Rights who clearly pointed to policemen as involved in extra-judicial killings.

He said the committee also did not want to find out more witnesses who could testify to the summary executions, including nine more witnesses from the CHR who were ready to testify when Gordon decided to end the investigation.

Trillanes said the President, despite thousands of extra-judicial killings, did not even call for a stop to the EJKs.

“Precisely it is the policy to kill… this is state-sponsored,” he said.

He refuted Gordon’s allegation of his “unparliamentary” action, saying Matobato was present at the session hall at 7 a.m. and stayed there until 10 p.m. Since there will be another hearing the next day, he said he allowed Matobato to leave. – JP Lopez

WATCH: SENATOR SOTTO ON THE DE LIMA 'SHOW CAUSE' ORDER IN THE HOUSE

 
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Trillanes: 9 witnesses not questioned in Senate probe By Kristian Javier (philstar.com) | Updated December 9, 2016 - 11:54am 2 371 googleplus1 0


In this October 2016 photo, Sens. Manny Pacquiao, Richard Gordon and Panfilo Lacson participate in the investigation into extrajudicial killings in President Rodrgio Duterte's war on drugs. PRIB/Albert Calvelo

MANILA, Philippines — There were nine more witnesses set to testify at the public hearing of the Senate justice panel's inquiry into extrajudicial killings, but the committee chose to end the inquiry too soon, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV said.

Trillanes said on Friday that the witnesses from the Commission on Human Rights were not questioned at the hearing looking into Duterte administration's role in the spate of killings since its start in July.

"He cut it short, precisely. He did not even interview or questioned nine CHR witnesses," Trillanes said in an interview with ANC, referring to panel chair Sen. Richard Gordon.

Gordon this week submitted a 120-page committee report which says there is no evidence of a state-sponsored policy to commit killings to eradicate illegal drugs in the country. The panel also denied proof of the existence of a Davao Death Squad allegedly run by Duterte when he was city mayor.

READ: No state-sanctioned EJK – Senate report

Trillanes, however, said Gordon cut the hearing short to avoid putting Duterte and his allies in a bad light.

"That's a proof, one of many, that he is just a lackey of President Duterte," Trillanes said.

Trillanes said it is a duty of senators to expose anomalies in government.

Gordon, meanwhile, said senators can choose to file an impeachment case against Duterte if they think he is ordering the deaths of thousands in his drug war.

While Duterte denies his direct involvement in the recent killings, human rights advocates point to his rhetoric in speeches which seem to encourage security personnel to gun down suspected drug suspects.

Drug policy experts have said that aggressive, police-led anti-narcotics policies have proven to stir violence and killings. The policies fail to lower the supply of illegal drugs in countries that have implemented them.

WATCH VIDEO: DE LIM leVES FOR US, GERNABY

  
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House leaders file new criminal complaint vs Leila By Edu Punay (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 14, 2016 - 12:00am 0 2 googleplus0 0


House officials led by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez filed the complaint yesterday as they sought Sen. Leila de Lima’s indictment for violating Article 150 of the Revised Penal Code or disobedience to summons issued by Congress, its committee or subcommittees. AP

MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Leila de Lima is facing yet another criminal complaint before the Department of Justice (DOJ), this time for allegedly trying to prevent her former driver-lover Ronnie Dayan from testifying in the House of Representatives’ inquiry on the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison.

House officials led by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez filed the complaint yesterday as they sought De Lima’s indictment for violating Article 150 of the Revised Penal Code or disobedience to summons issued by Congress, its committee or subcommittees.

De Lima, who is currently in the US to receive a citation as one of the 100 leading global thinkers for 2016 by Foreign Policy magazine, dismissed the move as only an attempt “to save face” as the House hearings on her alleged involvement in the illicit trade “were exposed to be all of a farce.”

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Alvarez alleged that the advice given by De Lima to Dayan to continue hiding and not attend the House probe – which she has publicly admitted – constitutes such criminal act.

“As an incumbent senator, former secretary of justice and a lawyer, advising and inducing Mr. Dayan to hide and not to attend and/or appear in the House inquiry for which he was duly summoned is tantamount to inducing disobedience to summons issued by Congress, of which she is a sitting member,” read the five-page complaint.

The complaint also cited De Lima’s repeated refusal to attend the House inquiry conducted in the last three months despite repeated summons.

“Respondent opted to ignore all invitations and failed to attend any of the hearings conducted by the committee. Worse, (she) even insulted the House of Representatives by calling its committee a kangaroo court/committee and its proceedings a sham,” the complaint stressed.

Under the law, such criminal offense is punishable by imprisonment of up to six months and/or a fine of up to P100,000.

De Lima countered, saying, “As I have repeatedly said, the first casualty of the administration’s ‘war on drugs’ is the truth. And it seems those in power are determined to do everything they could to accomplish their personal and political agendas.”

She reiterated that as a former chair of the Commission on Human Rights and justice secretary, and now a senator, she will never break her oath as a public servant.

Despite the attacks, she added, her honor and integrity as a woman and as a public official remain intact.

House Majority Leader and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas and House committee on justice chairman and Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali joined Alvarez in filing the complaint.

On the same grounds, the House leaders also filed an ethics complaint before the Senate against De Lima last Monday.

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, who chairs the ethics committee, said the panel will act quickly on the complaint, adding the process may involve hearings with De Lima.

If the committee decides to sanction De Lima, she may be slapped with penalties ranging from admonition to expulsion.

Sen. Franklin Drilon, who is De Lima’s partymate in the Liberal Party, said the ethics proceedings are adversarial hearings – a process where one is questioned and cross-examined as if in court – because this involves the integrity of a member of the Senate.

In an interview with reporters in the DOJ, Umali clarified that the filing of cases against De Lima was not meant to harass her. – With Paolo Romero

WATCH VIDEO: SEN PONCE ENRILE ON DE LIMA CASE

 
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Leila faces ouster over ethics plaint: House accuses senator, ex-lover of defying summons posted December 12, 2016 at 10:01 pm by Macon Ramos-Araneta


Senator Leila de Lima

HOUSE leaders on Monday filed an ethics complaint against Senator Leila de Lima before the Senate committee on ethics for disobeying a summons when she advised her former lover and driver to go into hiding to avoid testifying before a congressional inquiry into illegal drugs.

The complaint was filed by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas and Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali, chairman of the House justice committee, ahead of separate criminal charges that are expected on Tuesday.

They were also accompanied by former NBI deputy directors Reynaldo Esmeralda and Ruel Lasala, who filed a separate case against De Lima.

The complaint stemmed from De Lima’s advice to Ronnie Dayan, her former bodyguard and alleged bagman, not to testify before the congressional inquiry into the proliferation of illegal drugs at the New Bilibid Prison when De Lima was Justice secretary.

De Lima was on an official trip to the United States and Germany when the complaint was lodged before the Senate committee on ethics headed by Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III.

'OBSTRUCTION OF PERSECUTION'

She has repeatedly insisted that what he did was not an obstruction of justice, but “obstruction of persecution.”

“What justice are they talking about? I couldn’t see any justice in their proceedings. They didn’t give me any justice. There’s no justice in what they are doing to me. So why call it obstruction of justice?” De Lima had said.

“It would be better called obstruction of persecution. I’m trying to obstruct the acts of persecution being done to me by this administration,” she added.

Sotto said there was no question about jurisdiction since the acts complained of happened when she was a senator.

Sotto said he planned to have the complainants and the respondent face each other during a hearing.

EXPULSION FROM THE SENATE

He said expulsion from the Senate, the most severe punishment, needed a two-thirds vote of the 16 members of the ethics committee. The committee could also vote to admonish De Lima or dismiss the complaint.

Umali said he was hopeful the cases filed against De Lima would prosper.

“We expect the Senate to [take] the necessary action,” De Lima said, adding that the issue against De Lima had created “disharmony” between the two chambers of Congress.

Umali said he felt the House committee on justice was disrespected when De Lima ignored several invitations to shed light on the NBP controversy.

“Is that still within the purview if inter-chamber courtesy?” Umali asked.

Senator Panfilo Lacson, who was once a fugitive, urged De Lima to return to the country after she receives an award in the United States and delivers her speech at the Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, Germany.

“Come back. Don’t be like me,” Lacson said.

Lacson was declared a fugitive after he left the country on Jan. 5, 2010, two days before he was charged with the murders of publicist Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito in November 2000.

De Lima was the Justice secretary when Lacson went into hiding for almost a year. He returned to the country when fhe Court of Appeal’s voided his arrest warrant.

De Lima is facing at least eight drug related charges filed with the Department of Justice and the Ombudsman.

Lacson said De Lima assured him that she would come back to face the charges against her.

The senator said there was nothing wrong with De Lima leaving the country since no warrant of arrest was issued against her and because Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III had approved the trip.

De Lima said both visits were important to her because as a senator, she will have the opportunity to speak before influential world leaders and global thinkers on raising awareness and support for human rights.

In a statement, De Lima said there is nothing to worry about as she will surely return, along with her staff, who will be with her during these foreign trips.

“I hope my brief absence would provide a welcome relief and respite to my detractors and critics. I will keep them in mind though,” she said. With Maricel V. Cruz

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De Lima leaves country amid protests By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated December 12, 2016 - 3:12pm 19 236 googleplus0 0


Sen. Leila De Lima left for the US to receive an award and will later on fly to speak at the Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, Germany. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando, File

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Leila De Lima on Sunday flew to the United States (US) despite protests staged against her departure.

De Lima left for the US to receive an award and will later on fly to speak at the Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, Germany. She will return to the country on December 22.

The Department of Justice earlier issued a lookout bulletin against De Lima and her former driver-bodyguard Ronnie Dayan for their alleged involvement in the proliferation of the drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison. However, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said the senator is allowed to leave the country since the complaint is not yet in courts.

An allow departure order was issued for De Lima's planned trips. Senate President Aquilino “Kiko” Pimentel III also allowed her to travel.

A number of Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) members last Sunday staged a protest against De Lima’s departure at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. VACC also earlier urged President Rodrigo Duterte to prevent the senator from leaving and revoke her clearance, saying her departure is a sign of her guilt.

Prior to her departure, De Lima vowed that she will return to the country.

“There is, however, nothing to worry about as I will surely return, along with my staff who will be with me during these foreign visits. I hope my brief absence would provide a welcome relief and respite to my detractors and critics. I will keep them in mind, though,” she said in a statement.

Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson on Monday vouched for De Lima’s promise that she will return from her foreign trip and face the charges against her. Lacson said De Lima’s travel is legal since there are no hold departure orders hindering her.

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Lawmakers file criminal case vs De Lima Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News
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Ronnie Dayan and Leila de Lima Photo file/composite

MANILA - A day after filing its third complaint before the Senate Ethics Committee against embattled Senator Leila De Lima, the House of Representatives (HOR), through its leaders, filed a similar complaint for violation of the Revised Penal Code against the lawmaker with the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The complaint filed by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, and Justice Committee chairman Reynaldo Umali is in connection with De Lima's advise to former lover and driver-bodyguard Ronnie Dayan to snub the HOR probe into the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) illegal drug trade, where De Lima supposedly directed high-profile inmates to sell huge volumes of methamphetamine hydrochloride ("shabu") to fund her senatorial campaign.

The four-page complaint charged De Lima with violation of Article 50 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC), which pertains to "disobedience to summons issued by the National Assembly, its committees or subcommittees, by the Constitutional Commissions, its committees, subcommittees or divisions."

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The same article also provides that "[t]he same penalty shall be imposed upon any person who shall restrain another from attending as a witness, or who shall induce disobedience to a summon or refusal to be sworn by any such body or official."

Ronnie Dayan, the former driver-bodyguard and lover of Sen. Leila De Lima, said she advised him against attending the House inquiry

"As an incumbent Senator, former Secretary of Justice and a lawyer, advising and inducing Mr. Dayan to hide and not to attend and/or appear in the House Inquiry for which he was duly summoned is tantamount to inducing disobedience to summons issued by Congress, of which she is a sitting member," the complaint read.

The complaint cited the following exchange of text messages between De Lima and Dayan's daughter, Hannah Mae, revealed during the HOR hearing on November 24, 2016, when the Justice Committee reopened its inquiry following Dayan's arrest in Brgy. San Felipe, San Juan, La Union:

"Hannah Mae: Hi Tita. Good pm po. Mi pinapatanong po si pah. Mo baket daw po mi dumating na supwena sa kanya at ano daw po ggawin nia?

Respondent: Pakisabi sa kanya magtago lang muna siya… Kagagawan yan nila Speaker Alvarez at dikta ni Digong. Pagpipyestahan lang siya at kaming dalawa kapag mag-appear siya sa hearing na yan
Hannah Mae: Hindi naman po ba siya huhulihin kapag hindi siya pumunta?

Respondent: Di ba nagtatago naman siya?"

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In a news conference following the filing of the complaint, Umali also scored De Lima for calling the House inquiry a sham proceeding and "kangaroo court."

On the part of the DOJ, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre gave the assurance that the complaint will be handled "without fear or favor."

Other complaints are pending with the department against De Lima, Dayan, and several others for violations of Republic Act (RA) No. 9165, also known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, still in connection with the NBP illegal drug trade.

De Lima accused the partymates and allies of President Duterte of persecuting her for hitting hard on the President's war on drugs.


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Senate EJK report: Leila claims whitewash, files dissent By Marvin Sy (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 14, 2016 - 12:00am 5 53 googleplus0 0


Sen. Leila de Lima hit committee chairman Sen. Richard Gordon for “libeling, attacking and pillorying” her and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV after they dared to come out against President Duterte over the killings. AP/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines – Refusing to accept the findings of the Senate committee on justice and human rights on the issue of extrajudicial killings, Sen. Leila de Lima has filed a dissenting report that she said contained the “true findings” of the investigation.

De Lima hit committee chairman Sen. Richard Gordon for “libeling, attacking and pillorying” her and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV after they dared to come out against President Duterte over the killings.

In a committee report, Gordon reprimanded De Lima and Trillanes for showing “unethical conduct and unparliamentary behavior during the hearings.”

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De Lima, the committee chair before she was ousted by her colleagues and replaced with Gordon, said the hearings failed to get all the facts because of Gordon’s refusal to hear all the testimonies of extrajudicial killing witnesses presented by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).

“Due to the premature and abrupt termination of the Senate investigation, no comprehensive, in-depth gathering and assessment of the evidence were done by the committee. What came out was a virtual whitewash designed to absolve the national leadership as led by the President,” she said.

The former justice secretary said the exclusion of important witnesses precluded a thorough and intensive treatment of the subject of extrajudicial killings.

Apart from refusing to hear the testimonies of the CHR witnesses, De Lima lamented the committee’s dismissal of the testimony of self-confessed Davao death squad member Edgar Matobato, whom she and Trillanes presented as a witness.

De Lima said Matobato was able to explain the national phenomenon of state-sponsored executions, but that the Gordon committee was bent on exonerating the President and the administration from any involvement in the killings.

De Lima’s 151-page dissenting report contained 250 pages of annexes, which she submitted for the record.

Part of the report was her 10-point recommendation – one of which was for the Senate to look into the alleged irregularities in the preparation, routing and filing of the Gordon report – and study of the propriety of enforcing the standing Senate rules on all committees.

De Lima said there was a need to strengthen the investigative and forensic capacities of the country’s law enforcement agencies to align them with internationally accepted standards of law enforcement.

The Department of Justice (DOJ), Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Authority were urged to follow the International Drug Control Conventions.

On the forthcoming visit of the United Nations Special Rapporteurs on Summary Executions, De Lima said these UN officials should be allowed effective and unhampered discharge of their duties.

De Lima pushed for the passage and enactment of Senate Bill 1197 or the proposed Anti-Extrajudicial Killings Act, which seeks to address institutional barriers to efficient, independent and impartial investigation of extrajudicial killings among concerned government agencies.

She sought the passage of her other bill that would strengthen the CHR and the creation of a separate office within the DOJ or Public Attorney’s Office that will provide legal assistance and representation to law enforcement officials facing charges.

To help the families of persons killed during police operations, De Lima called for the establishment of an assistance program in the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

She called for an investigation of criminal acts committed by police officers and the liabilities of their superiors as provided under the Philippine act on crimes against international humanitarian law, genocide and other crimes against humanity.

She said there should be an independent investigation by a commission on the President’s war against illegal drugs and the concomitant extrajudicial killings that have gone with it.

“This dissenting report aims to provide an alternative analysis of the facts presented and the conclusions deduced therefrom based on applicable laws and rules,” De Lima said.

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BREAKING!! LEILA DE LIMA THROWN OUT OF CONFERENCE HALL IN BERLIN,GERMANY 1 Local News, News December 12, 2016 5:38 AM A+A-EMAILPRINT


Leila de Lima Thrown Out Of Conference Hall In Berlin,Germany

BERLIN-Philippines Senator Leila de Lima was this morning thrown out of the conference hall in Berlin amid meeting on Cultural Diplomacy (ACCD) in Germany.

Speaking to our correspondents, security officials at the conference hall told the FOX that Leila had gone out of order by mentioning Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte,

“She consistently mentioned Rodrigo Duterte’s name despite being warned by the speaker,we were instructed to kick her out of the hall,we just followed the orders from the speaker,” said one of the security officer at the hall.

Leila had promised to seek support during this conference in her bid to have President Rodrigo Duterte charged on violation of human rights in the Philippines.

“The conference is a perfect opportunity to bring forward the human rights issues faced by the country, including our respective experiences, and gather support for actions that mitigate the prevailing culture of impunity,” she said in a statement.

Members who attended the conference declined to listen to Leila on Duterte accusations saying that’s politics and that she should take the debate back to the Philippines.

The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy (ACCD) in the German capital is focused on raising awareness and support for activities that will promote global human rights. It kicked off on 14th December.

 
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Award for De Lima meant to hit Duterte, says ally ABS-CBN News Posted at Dec 14 2016 10:50 AM | Updated as of Dec 14 2016 11:27 AM

A lawmaker believes Senator Leila de Lima was honored by an international award-giving body to hit President Rodrigo Duterte and his war on drugs.

De Lima was among the 100 Foreign Policy Global Thinkers recognized in Washington D.C. on Monday. Organizers said its honorees prove there are individuals who could step in to ease the suffering of others, especially in today's world where challenging strains of populism seem to be redefining the new normal.

Oriental Mindoro Representative Reynaldo Umali believes the award was given to De Lima as a knock against Duterte's war on drugs, which De Lima had been vocally opposing.

"I don’t know, this may be a lobby that was being done by some groups somehow to hit more on the President because as you very well know, the Americans are so critical of the war on drugs of the President," he said in an interview with ANC's Headstart.

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"I guess they will do all these things also to hit back on the President," he added.

Umali, who chairs the House Committee on Justice, said the award-giving body would have had a different reaction had they read the report implicating De Lima in the drug trade.

"They do not know what is happening. Award-giving bodies are abroad. They do not know what is happening here. They have not really, I guess, looked into closely on probably our report. That would have been different had they read our report and look at further statistics," he said.

A total of 5,882 people have been killed across the country since President Rodrigo Duterte launched his war on illegal drugs, latest data from the Philippine National Police (PNP) showed.

A special report by Reuters said the kill ratio in the Philippines is much higher than in countries with comparable drug-related violence.

It said police kill 97 percent of those they shoot, leaving 33 dead for every person wounded.

READ: PNP racks up deadly record in drug war

Meanwhile, Umali noted that ouster calls from people within the Filipino-American community against the President may have been politically motivated. "They were saying that he’s okay, but then politically some things happen and I guess, this is now why there are negative reactions," he said.

Duterte on Friday said that a Filipina widow of a wealthy African-American is planning to lead a massive demonstration against him.

Reacting to his claim allegedly alluding to her, Fil-Am community leader Loida Nicholas-Lewis initially described Duterte's claim as “a complete fabrication and totally false.”

However, when Vice President Leni Robredo resigned from her cabinet post after she was asked to stop attending the meetings, Nicholas-Lewis said she has now joined the call for Duterte’s resignation.


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PINAGTAWANAN SI DE LIMA SA WASHINGTON Habang Tinatanggap Ang Award Jonhson Araneta Jonhson Araneta Subscribe10,590 Add to Share More 479 views 4 0 Published on Dec 15, 2016 VISIT US : https://janewsph.blogspot.com Foreign Policy, an American magazine that focuses on foreign affairs, named Sen. Leila De Lima as one of its 100 Global Thinkers for 2016 for "standing up to an extremist leader."  The magazine said the people in the list "demonstrated how private citizens can ease the suffering of others" and are "reminders that humanity has the power to hold leaders to account, to defy corrupt regimes, and to provide one another opportunity and solace when states cannot."  De Lima received the citation for being "a steadfast advocate for the rule of law" in light of alleged extra-legal killlings throughout President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, something the President has repeatedly denied. The magazine also noted De Lima's vocal opposition despite a battery of criticism from Duterte and his allies.

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Published on Dec 15, 2016 VISIT US : https://janewsph.blogspot.com Foreign Policy, an American magazine that focuses on foreign affairs, named Sen. Leila De Lima as one of its 100 Global Thinkers for 2016 for "standing up to an extremist leader."

The magazine said the people in the list "demonstrated how private citizens can ease the suffering of others" and are "reminders that humanity has the power to hold leaders to account, to defy corrupt regimes, and to provide one another opportunity and solace when states cannot."

De Lima received the citation for being "a steadfast advocate for the rule of law" in light of alleged extra-legal killlings throughout President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, something the President has repeatedly denied.

The magazine also noted De Lima's vocal opposition despite a battery of criticism from Duterte and his allies. Category News & Politics License Standard YouTube License

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VIRAL – Netizen Leix Valenciano Holt’s social media post went viral as she revealed the alleged involvement of Loida Nicolas-Lewis to the international award of Sen. Leila De Lima.

Undeniably, Sen. Leila De Lima is one of the most famous politicians as of the present. She has been facing a lot of allegations and issues recently. One of the most noted issues is her alleged involvement in the drug trade inside the national penitentiary.

Recently, she has admitted her romantic affair before with Ronnie Dayan, her former bodyguard-driver and the alleged ‘bagman’ of the lady senator. Dayan has pinned down Sen. De Lima in an inquiry.

Another topic that the Senator’s name is dragged on the center is her stand against the alleged extrajudicial killings in the country. She has been one of the most vocal critics of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte in his battle against illegal drugs.

For several months, the exchange of intense statements between the lady senator and the 71-year-old President has been witnessed by the populace. It has sparked a lot of headlines and elicited a lot of reactions.

Based on a previous news report, the lady senator was given an international award by a famous political magazine for ‘standing up to an extremist leader’. Sen. De Lima is one of the 100 Foreign Policy Global Thinkers who were recognized.

In the awarding ceremony, the lady senator shortly introduced herself and mentioned her previous designations under former Presidents Gloria Arroyo and Benigno Aquino III.

Undeniably, many netizens were surprised in the social media as reports about the international award given to her circulates.

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One post posted in the Facebook account of Leix Valenciano Holt recently went viral as the netizen revealed the alleged involvement of Loida Nicolas-Lewis, the Fil-Am leader who asked Pres. Duterte to step down from his post, to the award of the Senator.

She stated in her post that one of the founders of the Foreign Policy Magazine is Samuel Hungtington who is a co-member of Nicolas-Lewis in Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). She further stated that the present editor of the magazine is David Rothkopf who is also a member of the CFR.

She also mentioned that CFR ‘has been the most powerful private organization in U.S. foreign policy’ since 1921 based on a diplomatic cable leak. The post also entailed that most of the members of the CFR ‘reflect the resources needed by the ruling class to maintain their power’.

Many netizens were surprised with the post of Holt. In fact, it has even reached 976 shares in less than fourteen hours since it was posted.

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Senator personally accepts the award, vows to ‘keep fighting the good fight’


DECEMBER 12 -Bataan 1st district representative Geraldine Roman also received the award for being the “first openly transgender politician” in a conservative country like the Philippines.

Senator Leila De Lima and Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman were recognized as among this year’s Top 100 Leading Global Thinkers by American publication Foreign Policy.

De Lima and Roman made it to the list under the “challengers” category, or those who “showed that agitation takes myriad forms.”

De Lima was recognized for “standing up to an extremist leader.”

She was lauded for her performance as the chair of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

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Before she was ousted as chair, “she spearheaded an investigation into the extrajudicial killings—work that landed her firmly in Duterte’s crosshairs.”

She was also recognized for “calling on the United Nations to examine the violence” in the country.

Despite drawing flak for her alleged involvement in the drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison, the senator personally accepted the award in Washington D.C. on December 12.

A video posted in a Facebook page called “Juan Thing” showed De Lima on stage with some of her fellow recipients, delivering a speech upon receiving the award.

“And as the most outspoken critic of President Duterte, I am probably the most controversial and the most maligned or demonized figure in our country today. But I shall keep fighting the good fight,” she said.

De Lima was able to exit the country since her cases before the Department of Justice are still pending.

Read more: House files De Lima’s 5th criminal complaint

Bataan 1st district representative Geraldine Roman also received the award for being the “first openly transgender politician” in a conservative country like the Philippines.

She was praised for urging lawmakers “to pass an anti-discrimination bill that has been rejected for more than a decade.”

Other notable personalities recognized by Foreign Policy magazine include former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, German chancellor Angela Merkel, Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-Wen and former U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon

The renowned global affairs magazine’s annual Global Thinkers list recognizes individuals who “demonstrated how private citizens can ease the suffering of others.”

These individuals have “subverted traditional power structures to craft solutions to social, economic and environmental problems.”

DE LIMA'S SPEECH AFTER RECEIVING FOREIGN POLICY GLOBAL THINKERS WITH OPPOSSING COMMENTARY

 
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De Lima to raise PH human rights, killings before Berlin conference; Embattled senator to speak at the Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy 249 SHARES Share it! Published December 15, 2016, 3:40 PM By Hannah Torregoza

Senator Leila de Lima vowed to raise the country’s concerns over human rights violations and summary killings at the five-day Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, Germany.

De Lima, a staunch human rights advocate, is set to speak at the said conference from December 14 to 19.

De Lima said she is ready to share with conference delegates the country’s experience in addressing human rights violations amid the spate of extrajudicial killings in the government’s war on drugs.

“The conference is a perfect opportunity to bring forward the human rights issues faced by the country, including our respective experiences, and gather support for actions that mitigate the prevailing culture of impunity,” De Lima said.

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She said the conference focuses on raising awareness and support for activities that will promote global human rights.

”Human rights issues have evolved through the years. They affect everyone, regardless of nationality. We must address these issues on a global scale.”

The senator has just received a 2016 Global Thinkers Award in Washington, D.C.

She said she looks forward to sharing her experiences as a human rights advocate in public service. “The upcoming conference is a good chance to network with known human rights defenders, especially those in the government, to come together and discuss how each country can reaffirm its commitment to protect human rights.”

Resource speakers in the said conference include Albanian president Bujar Nishani, former U.S. attorney-general Alberto Gonzales and European Court of Human Rights judge Dragoljub Popovic among others.


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Leila’s bid to smear, impeach Du30 stupid, says Speaker Written by Angie M. Rosales Friday, 16 December 2016 00:00



Sen. Leila de Lima’s bid to bring before an international human rights audience her allegations that President Duterte is behind extrajudicial killings brought about by his war on drugs after earlier saying Mr. Duterte was ripe for impeachment were branded as stupid acts.

De Lima, who is set to speak at the Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy (ACCD) in Berlin, Germany said she will share with the delegates of the conference the country’s experience in addressing human rights violations amid spate of extrajudicial killings and summary executions on the government’s war on drugs.

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, however, called “stupid” de Lima’s act to bring to the international stage her allegations and also her claim that Mr. Duterte can be impeached for his admission of killing criminals.

“She’s not just a liar but also stupid. You cannot just impeach an official based on mere words,” Alvarez said.


“You have to prove the offense. The President can always say ‘I was only joking,’ he added.In an interview with CNN International, de Lima said “mass murders certainly fall under the category of high crimes and high crimes is a ground for impeachment.”

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Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas said Duterte cannot be impeached based on his statement on killing criminals.

“The President said that such happened when he was a mayor patrolling the streets of Davao to keep them drug- or crime-free,” Fariñas said.


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He added that when de Lima was justice secretary, the Department of Justice (DoJ) had investigated allegations that Duterte was behind killings, but nothing had been proven.

“In fact, then Justice Sectretary de Lima had investigated such cases and came up with no actionable offenses. The President could only be impeached by acts or omissions committed as President,” Fariñas added.

Leila brings case to Berlin

De Lima, however, said the Berlin conference “is a perfect opportunity to bring forward the human rights issues faced by the country, including our respective experiences, and gather support for actions that mitigate the prevailing culture of impunity.”

The five-day conference, scheduled between December 14 to 19, focuses on raising awareness and support for activities that will promote global human rights.

“Human rights issues have evolved through the years. They affect everyone, regardless of nationality. We must address these issues on a global scale,” she said.

The recent supposed admission of Mr. Duterte on the killings of criminals in Davao City while he was still its city mayor, de Lima said, bolstered the allegations of self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato on his charges that the Chief Executive was supposed to be behind the vigilante group Davao Death Squad (DDS).

“Well, there you have it. That’s what I’ve been saying all along. That’s what I know all along. And that’s what Matobato (said),” she said.

As a consequence, de Lima said Duterte opened up himself to a possible commission of an impeachable offense.

“That is a culpable violation of the Constitution, that is betrayal of public trust, and that constitutes high crimes because these are mass murders. Mass murders, certainly, fall under the category of high crimes. And high crimes are a ground for impeachment under our Constitution,” she said in an interview with CNN.

“He is a lawyer, he is a former prosecutor, and he claims to uphold the Constitution because that is his sworn duty. If he is serious and if he is sincere in upholding the Constitution and upholding the laws, then he should stop the killings or he should order those killings to stop,” she said.

“So since killings continue, I have to continue criticizing it and calling for the end of those killings because that is totally unacceptable in the name of the so-called war on drugs. That cannot be the solution,” she added.

“I’m just hoping, that one day he is struck with his conscience and start giving the orders to the police to stop the killings. Because that is all that it would take: for the President to categorically give that order to stop the killings. The moment it is done, I’m sure, I’m almost 100 percent sure that killings would stop,” she said.

Pangilinan issues EJK opinion



Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan contradicted the findings of the Senate committee report on the issue on extrajudicial killings (EJKs), said in a separate opinion to the report on extra-judicial killing investigation that the conclusion that there’s no state-sponsored killings rests on tenuous logic and inadequate evidence.

Sen. Richard Gordon, chairman of the committee on justice and human rights which led the investigation, however, is standing by his panel report saying that there is evidence showing that there is no State-sponsored policy to commit killings in the eradication of illegal drugs.

This, despite claims made resource persons and witnesses establishing the existence of thousands of killings with impunity taking place every year in the country over at least two decades.

“That killings have been recorded for the past two decades does not negate the reported rise in state sponsored EJKs or summary executions in the present administration, which is precisely the subject matter of the legislative inquiry,” Pangilinan said in his 10-page separate concurring and dissenting opinion on committee report No. 18 submitted by Gordon earlier this week.

The said report of Gordon’s panel as well as that of Sen. Panfilo Lacson’s committee on public order downplayed the increasing incidence of EJKs under the Duterte administration, he said.

“It arrived at this conclusion by inaccurately relying on the murder and homicide statistics submitted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA),” Pangilinan said pointing out that the alternative explanations for the rise in EJKs and summary killings were not satisfactorily proven.

“More importantly, the police testimony to the effect that the killings were attributable to factors other than the war on drugs program of the current administration was neither explained, quantified or corroborated by independent evidence.

“Also telling, there was nothing in the committee report that explained the extent, whether geographical or organizational to which these factors affected the recent rise in EJKs and summary killings. Without a sense of magnitude of the direct and indirect effects of these purported causes one will be hard-pressed to accept the police explanation hook, line and sinker,” he said.

Pangilinan also pointed out that crucial pieces of evidence duly submitted seem to have been disregarded.

“The legislative investigation was prematurely terminated. Several factual and legal questions were left open that necessitate further inquiry. In failing to dispute the perceived rise in the cases of EJKs and summary killings observed by many quarters and reported by the media, it thus behooved upon the joint committee to investigate further. Given the dreadful daily death count in the media and the very real threat to the life of criminal suspects or even those merely caught in the crossfire in the war on drugs, the Senate has the duty to leave no major questions unanswered,” he said.



Gordon challenged critics of his panel report to show proof that there is a state policy sanctioning the killings with impunity so that the committee could reopen the hearings and investigate them.

“The chair stands by its committee report. We don’t spin yarns on the matters raised here. We are good in the Senate but we are not that good because we don’t have the legs to do all the necessary investigations. There are other agencies tasked with doing that. We can only go by the parameters set by the resolutions filed by Senators Leila De Lima and which prompted the investigation in aid of legislation. The framework of the investigation was clear and therefore, that was what we addressed,” Gordon said.

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De Lima vows to return after 'official' trips abroad Camille Elemia @CamilleElemia Published 6:57 PM, December 09, 2016 Updated 7:16 PM, December 09, 2016

'There is, however, nothing to worry about as I will surely return, along with my staff who will be with me during these foreign visits,' the embattled senator says


RETURN. Senator Leila de Lima vows to return to the country from her official foreign trips.

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Leila de Lima on Friday, December 9, vowed to return to the country after her “official” visits to the United States and Germany starting December 11.

Responding to concerns she might escape the charges against her, De Lima said:
“There is, however, nothing to worry about as I will surely return, along with my staff who will be with me during these foreign visits.”

“I hope my brief absence would provide a welcome relief and respite to my detractors and critics. I will keep them in mind though,” the senator said in a statement.

US AWARD, CONFERENCE IN GERMANY

De Lima said she is set to receive an award in the US and to speak at a conference in Germany.

“After complying with the travel documents required for a public official, I am now preparing to leave on official visits – first to receive an award in the US and secondly, to speak at the Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, Germany,” she said.

The two trips, she said, are crucial to her as a senator, as they would give her the opportunity to speak before world leaders about human rights.

De Lima is the fiercest and most vocal critic of President Rodrigo Duterte and his stance on human rights. She launched a Senate probe into the spate of extrajudicial killings and presented witness Edgar Matobato, who accused Duterte of ordering executions when he was mayor of Davao City.

“Both visits are very important to me because as a senator, I will have a chance to speak before influential world leaders and global thinkers on raising awareness and support for human rights, an advocacy I am passionate about,” the senator said.

“This is a great opportunity to meet leaders from various fields from around the world and learn from their respective government's initiatives and challenges about cultural diplomacy,” she said.

De Lima is facing several charges for her alleged links to illegal drugs, which she has repeatedly denied. She and her former driver Ronnie Dayan had been subjects of a House inquiry into the proliferation of drugs in the national penitentiary. She is also facing two complaints before the ethics committee in the Senate.

The justice department earlier ordered the issuance of a lookout bulletin for De Lima, her former driver, and an ex-security aide, among others. – Rappler.com

DE LIMA SPEAKING IN WASHINGTON AGAINST DUTERTE
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