- Pacquiao explained his reason for moving to declare justice committee position vacant
- He said De Lima broke Senate rules, was being biased
- He said the committee should serve the people and not one’s own selfish interests
- Pacquiao also denied Palace behind De Lima’s ouster
MANILA, Philippines – Following his one-two punch which effectively knocked out Sen. Leila de Lima from the chair of the Senate justice committee, Sen. Manny Pacquiao explained why he moved to have position declared vacant.
According to Pacquiao, De Lima deserved to be removed from her position because she broke Senate rules and was being biased.
“Kasi ‘di na nasusunod ang rules ng Senate, as a committee chair, dapat sundin ang rules ng Senate. So unang-una marami siyang violations, alam nating lahat, na ‘yung commmittee ay hindi mo puwedeng gamitin pansarili mo lamang, kailangan parehas ka, patas ka sa lahat. Nakaparami niyang nilabag,” Politiko quoted him as saying. “Saka being a chairperson ng isang committee, kailangan parehas ka, ‘di mo dapat ipakita ang pagiging bias mo.”
[She was not following the rules of the Senate anymore, as a committee chair, she should follow the rules of the Senate. So first, she has many violations, we all know that you’re not supposed to use the committee for your own self, you need to be impartial with everyone. She has broken many rules. And being a chairperson of a committee you should be impartial, you should not show you’re bias.]
Pacquiao, a close ally of President Rodrigo Duterte, also denied that he had anything with De Lima’s removal.
“Wala po. Dito po sa amin, gusto namin masunod ang rules dito, ‘yung batas natin masunod. Kung sino man gustong lumabag at hindi sumunod, ‘di siguro natin papayagan, ‘yan ang trabaho natin dito, bantayan ang lumalabag sa batas,” he said.
[There’s no one. Here, we want everybody to follow the rules and see that the law is followed. We won’t allow anyone who intends to break the rules to do that here, that’s our job, to guard against those who break the rules.]