- Senator Manny Pacquiao ‘schooled’ De Lima on Senate rules at the resumption of the hearing
- This came after De Lima urged her colleagues to avoid ‘misleading’ Matobato
- Pacquiao said, senators must only investigate and not protect the witness
- Committee chair Sen. Gordon also took exception to De Lima’s remark
MANILA, Philippines – It’s the boxer lecturing a lawyer on Senate rules?
Viewers were treated to another ‘spectacle’ at the Senate hearing on Thursday, September 22, after Senator Manny Pacquiao lectured his colleague Senator Leila De Lima on rules.
In the ongoing investigation at the Senate ‘in aid of legislation’, self-confessed Davao Death Squad hitman Edgar Matobato appeared for the second time to testify on the alleged extra judicial killings.
At the resumption of the hearing, Senator Richard ‘Dick’ Gordon has taken over the chairmanship of the committee on justice and human rights once headed by De Lima.
Apparently, Pacquiao was not at all convinced when De Lima appears to have continuously defended Matobato from the questioning of her colleagues, most notably, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano. This prompted the boxer-turned-politician to call out De Lima.
“What I understand, Mr. Chairman dito, ito ay inquiry sa isang witness para pakinggan natin ‘-yung statement ng witness. Hindi natin dedepensahan siya kung hindi i-examine kung nagsasabi siya ng totoo,” said Pacquiao.
[What I understand here, Mr. Chairman, is that this is an inquiry to listen to what the witness has to say. We should not be defending him, but rather we must examine if he is telling the truth.]
“Tayong mga senador nag-iimbestiga, hindi magpo-proktekta sa witness. ‘Yun po ang rules natin dito,” Pacquiao added.
[We senators must only investigate, not protect the witness. These are our rules here.]
Pacquiao’s remark came after De Lima urged her colleagues to avoid ‘misleading’ the witness. The lawmaker said the committee must allow Matobato to explain whatever he wants to explain in his own words.
Even committee chairman Senator Gordon took exception to De Lima’s statement that accused the senators of ‘misleading the witness’.
“I would normally say I resent that remark… but you’re a lady. I will always respect you as lady. There’s no attempt on the part of this representation and I believe people seated on this desk here have any attempt to mislead,” Gordon interjected.
In the end, Gordon appealed to his colleagues not to “cast any aspersions” since most of them are lawyers too; adding that he does not want to lecture a lawyer as much as he does not want to be lectured either.
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