Gordon calls Lascañas a ‘juke box’, discourages another hearing

admin   •   February 23, 2017   •   3593

MANILA, Philippines — Justice committee chair Senator Richard Gordon opposed the decision of the majority of senators to allow retired police SPO3 Arturo Lascañas to appear again in a hearing where he can say under oath his new admissions on the existence of the Davao Death Squad and President Rodrigo Duterte’s orders to kill criminals.

Gordon said it would be an insult to the Senate if they will allow Lascañas to retract his statements in the previous hearings.

He added that it does not matter to him if another committee is tapped to continue the investigation on the Davao Death Squad and on alleged cases of extrajudicial killings.

“Ang sampal ay hindi kay Dick Gordon, nasa Senado kasi nasinungaling ka sa Senado. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. There is no second chance. Walang baril na nakatutok sa ulo ni Lascañas nung humarap siya dito,” said Gordon.

(It’s not a slap in the face of Dick Gordon, but of the Senate because you [Lascañas] already lied to the Senate. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. There is no second chance. No one was pointing a gun at him to talk when he last appeared before the Senate.)

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The senator reiterated that under his committee report on extrajudicial killings, the so-called Davao Death Squad does not exist and there were no evidence to prove that cases of extrajudicial killings under the Duterte administration were state sponsored.

He accused Lascañas of being paid to change his statements and make a public admission.

“Para siyang jukebox kung ano ang hulog iyon ang sasabihin (He’s like a jukebox that sings at the drop of a coin).”

Gordon added that if the retired police wanted to be heard, he should file a criminal complaint at the Ombudsman that can recommend to the Congress an impeachment proceeding against the President.

On the other hand, Sen Grace Poe and Sen. Francis Pangilinan asserted that it is the opportunity of the Senate to test Lascañas credibility.

“We should not stop at condemning the person because he lied. I think we should proceed and find out the truth, and that is precisely the role of the Senate — for check and balance for the other branches of the government,” said Pangilinan.

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Poe suggested that Senate President Koko Pimentel call for the creation of special committee that will head the investigation, but Pimentel saw no reason to do so.

In the end, the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs headed by Senator Panfilo Lacson will still handle the investigation, while Gordon’s speech was referred to the Committee on Rules.

In a caucus last night, 10 senators composed of the members of the Liberal Party and the minority bloc voted in favor of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV’s resolution to hear out Lascañas new admissions.

“This is an issue of national importance. Napakalaki ng implication nito, napakalalim (The implication of this is big, deep.) Iyong presidente natin ay may posibilidad na hindi lang plunderer, kundi mass murderer pa (Our president may not only be a plunderer but could also be a mass murderer),” said Trillanes.

Senators Aquilino Pimentel, Richard Gordon, Cynthia Villar, Migz Zubiri, Manny Pacquiao. Gringo Honasan and Sherwin Gatchalian voted against while five senators namely Panfilo Lacson, Tito Sotto, Loren Legarda and Nancy Binay abstained. — Joyce Balancio | UNTV News and Rescue

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PNP to deploy 15,000 cops to secure Duterte’s final SONA on July 26

Robie de Guzman   •   July 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) will deploy around 15,000 police officers to secure President Rodrigo Duterte’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 26.

PNP chief Guillermo Eleazar said the National Capital Region Police Office has finalized the security preparations and deployment plans for the SONA.

“Handang-handa na ang inyong Philippine National Police sa SONA ng ating Pangulong Duterte sa darating na Lunes,” Eleazar said in a statement.

“Nakalatag na ang mga security plan at nakaantabay na rin ang sufficient number ng ating kapulisan para sa deployment at iba pang contingency measures,” he added.

Eleazar said the PNP has not monitored any threat to the SONA but assured that all personnel are ready to respond to any eventuality.

Police officers will also use body-worn cameras to help monitor the movements of suspicious persons who may be planning to disrupt the SONA, he added.

Eleazar asked for the public’s cooperation and urged groups planning to stage mass actions to conduct their activities online amid the threat of the more infectious Delta COVID-19 variant.

“Sa ilan nating mga kababayan na patuloy pa ring nagpa-plano para sa isang rally, nagpapa-alala ang inyong PNP na lubha pang delikado ang ganitong klaseng pagtitipon lalo na at may kumpirmasyon na ng local transmission ng Delta variant ng COVID-19,” he said.

“Mas ligtas na makinig at manood na lang tayo ng SONA sa ating mga tahanan,” he added.

8 senators to physically attend Duterte’s SONA on July 26 – Sotto

Robie de Guzman   •   July 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Only eight senators will physically attend the final State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, July 26.

Based on the list shared to the media, the following senators will physically attend Duterte’s SONA which will be held at the Batasang Pambansa Complex:

  • Senate President Vicente Sotto III
  • Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri
  • Senator Ronald dela Rosa
  • Senator Sherwin Gatchalian
  • Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go
  • Senator Imee Marcos
  • Senator Ramon Bong Revilla Jr.
  • Senator Francis Tolentino

Sotto said senators who have not manifested their intention to attend the SONA physically will be hearing Duterte’s address virtually.

The Office of the Senate Secretary earlier said that lawmakers and their staff who will attend Duterte’s SONA should be fully vaccinated and should yield negative results for COVID-19 RT-PCR and antigen tests.

Attendees will be required to present their vaccination cards indicating that they have completed their doses two weeks prior to the president’s SONA.

They are also required to undergo RT-PCR tests two days before the event, and antigen tests on Monday at the Batasang Pambansa Complex.

SONA attendees will also be required to wear Presidential Security Group-prescribed face masks, and face shields embedded with QR codes while inside the Plenary building.

Duterte’s political plans for 2022 won’t be mentioned in last SONA — Roque

Robie de Guzman   •   July 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The political plans for 2022 of President Rodrigo Duterte will not be included in his final State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 26, his spokesperson said Thursday.

“Siguro po, hindi mapapasama ang kaniyang mga planong pulitikal,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said at a Palace briefing.

“Importante po is the roadmap for his last year in office,” he added.

Duterte earlier said he is open to seeking the vice presidency in the next elections.

Roque on Wednesday said Duterte’s SONA will look back into the past five years of his administration and will focus on measures, such as infrastructure programs, that will help the country bounce back from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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