February 3, 2017
SEN. LEILA M. DE LIMA's REACTION TO SEN. ESCUDERO's CALL FOR A SENATE PROBE, RE: AI REPORT AND THE SEEMING RELUCTANCE OF SENATORS GORDON AND LACSON THEREON
If we require more proof before the Senate conducts an inquiry into the AI report, then the Senate won't ever be able to conduct a single inquiry. The point of a Senate investigation is precisely to investigate, and investigation means the facts are not yet all available, that is why there is a need for the Senate to further investigate.
I went over the AI report and I see that there are enough good leads there for a further, deeper probe. Accounts of witnesses to a number of EJKs embodied in that report are very credible and verifiable thru an honest-to-goodness thorough probe. Actual incidents are cited with dates and names of victims and/or witnesses. So, what more do we need from AI?
I fully support Sen Chiz Escudero's move urging a Senate probe into the AI report.
Sa totoo lang, nakakahiya po na may mga international entities like Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and even foreign media, na masusi at seryosong minamanmanan at iniimbestigahan ang mga EJKs sa ating bansa, habang ang mga local authorities naman katulad ng Senado ay umiiwas sa pag-iimbestiga o kung meron mang mga nag-iimbestiga nito ay wala naman tayong nakikitang resulta o maayos na resulta. Kung ganun, dapat talaga na makialam na ang International Criminal Court and/or other relevant UN bodies dyan sa usapin ng EJKs (which have reached very alarming proportions). Yan nga po ang panawagan ko sa isang Statement na inilabas po kahapon.
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