Tag: Leila de Lima

On Whether to Take Up Calls for Sen. de Lima’s Release in a Senate Caucus

No way. We should all understand and respect our criminal justice system. The Senate cannot and will not interfere with the courts that have jurisdiction over Sen. de Lima’s drug cases.

Having said that, the judiciary is independent of the executive and legislative branches. The same goes true, and even worse, in the case of foreign organizations and groups that are calling for her immediate release.

They have no business in arrogantly asking our president to release Sen de Lima. That’s totally uncalled for.


πŸ“° The best of the Senate, the worst of the Senate [Manila Times]

From The Manila Times: Two senators, Richard Gordon and Panfilo Lacson Sr., demonstrated they were the best of the Senate, at par with the pre-martial law titans of that body such as Jovito Salonga, Jose Diokno, and yes, Benigno Aquino, Jr. If these two get to be presidential timber, I begin to have hope for our unlucky country.Β  Continue reading “πŸ“° The best of the Senate, the worst of the Senate [Manila Times]”

On Sen. de Lima’s Statement

She got it all wrong. When I said pinagtatawanan ko lang yung pinagdadaanan niya ngayon compared to what I experienced before, I wasn’t referring to the credibility of evidence being presented against her now and against me before, but the degree of harassment that former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her cohorts in practically all the agencies of government were throwing against me. I was all alone at that time. I had practically nobody on my side except probably my family, while she has her LP allies supporting her now.

She shouldn’t be twisting my statement to suit her purpose.


On Senate Committee Hearings

Once a resolution or bill is referred to more than one committee, there is no such thing as separate committee hearings. The committees always conduct the hearings together, no matter how diverse and opposing the views of the chairs and members of the committees concerned.

Having said that, I don’t know what Sen de Lima is talking about in this regard. The referral says her committee is the lead or primary committee so she will call the shots in this case. I will attend the hearings as called and I hope the members of both the Justice and Human Rights and Public Order and Dangerous Drugs committees will also attend and contribute to whatever logical output as will be contained in the committee report.


Lacson Suggests ‘Solomonic’ Solution on Arroyo Foreign Trip

Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson on Sunday suggested to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima a β€œSolomonic” solution in addressing former President Gloria Arroyo’s request to seek medical treatment abroad.Β  Continue reading “Lacson Suggests ‘Solomonic’ Solution on Arroyo Foreign Trip”