De Lima’s ouster and Trillanes’s apology: Bullying and mudslinging no longer tolerated in the Senate

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Senator Leila De Lima is finding out the hard way that, in politics, it is better to be likeable than to be “right”. This is after sixteen of her colleagues voted to remove her from the chairmanship of the Senate Justice Committee. De Lima, after all, is a newbie, yet her demeanour of late outsizes her tenure.

Consider the way she disrespected Senator Alan Peter Cayetano today by walking out as he delivered his privilege speech…

In a privilege speech, Cayetano said: “Senator De Lima, in her desire to destroy the President, is destroying the integrity and reputation of the Senate.”

“Worse, damaging the image of our country and people worldwide,” Cayetano, a close ally of Duterte, said. Cayetano was the vice-presidential candidate of Duterte in the 2016 national elections.

Her excuse? She “could no longer stand” Cayetano’s speech.

It is behaviour unbecoming of a Philippine Senator whose job it is to keep a steady head on her shoulders while under fire during heated Senate sessions — par for the course in any legislative assembly. Rather than follow procedure to address Cayetano’s statements, de Lima chose to make her own rules saying during a brief interview following the incident, “I’m gonna deliver a privilege speech tomorrow instead of confronting him…”

Cayetano, of course, is a veteran Philippine senator having served in the Senate since 2007. Thus it is quite rich that De Lima the Newbie would not accord the senior senator a bit more deference.

Interestingly enough, it was another newbie, Senator Manny Pacquiao who instigated De Lima’s ouster from the Justice Committee and successfully saw it through

Sixteen senators voted in favor of Pacquiao’s motion, four were against it while two abstained.

The four who voted against the motion were Drilon, Hontiveros and Senators Bam Aquino and Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan.

Drilon, Aquino and Pangilinan are members of the Liberal Party, while Hontiveros belongs to the Akbayan partylist group but she ran under the LP-led slate during the last May 2016 elections.

Perhaps because of his more extensive experience in the Senate compared to De Lima’s, “senator” Antonio Trillanes exhibited a bit of foresight earlier when he apologised to Cayetano for his behaviour during last Thursday’s Justice Committee session. In that session Trillanes threatened to block whatever “move” Cayetano was planning to make during the session to interpolate star witness Edgar Matobato.

During a Senate hearing on extrajudicial killings on Thursday, Trillanes told Cayetano, “hindi kita papopormahin,” [I won’t let you make your move] angering the latter. Cayetano retaliated and said “Senador ako ah… Binoto ako ng taumbayan.” [I’m a Senator, voters elected me.]

De Lima, however, remains unapologetic with regard to her un-senatorial behaviour and, instead, went on to suggest that President Rodrigo Duterte was squarely behind her ouster from the Justice Committee. This further adds insult to the already serious injury to her stature as a senator. Rather than take accountability for her schoolgirl-level political posturing and her astounding lack of self-awareness as she went about running roughshod over her colleagues’ sensibilities during the committee sessions she led, De Lima plays that all-too-familiar victim card.

It is a noteworthy development that good behaviour now seems to be winning in the Senate now that the Liberal Party is no longer in power. Where, previously, Trillanes’s style of bullying and De Lima’s shameless using of the Senate as a grandstand for her vendetta against her enemies was regarded as normal, these developments prove that change is indeed coming.

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50 Comments on “De Lima’s ouster and Trillanes’s apology: Bullying and mudslinging no longer tolerated in the Senate”

  1. Getting LP hounds in strategic political positions, I believe, was originally not only meant to safeguard the interests of their oligarchic backers & the “status quo”, but also to defend BS Aquino in case the succeeding administration (the current one) pursues him for crimes (PDAF, etc) & “mishaps” (Mamasapano, etc) he committed during his term. The LP attack dogs seem to be oblivious to the changing political climate & have underestimated the current administration’s popular support—-They have been too aggressive & premature with their methods.

  2. De Lima is the most corrupt politician/government official, I
    have ever seen; since I have been following Philippine politics. She is shameless; with elephantine skin; full of ego; and the utmost political opportunist.

    Her winning her senatorial position, is even , in question. She used her position in the Senate, to present, a Stinking False Witness, with exaggerated testimony. She used her position, as Secretary of Justice , to become rich, as Drug Lord protector. Shabu Drugs proliferated under her tenure, as Secretary of Justice…Bilibid Prison, became the Shabu Mfg. Co. It became also the center of Shabu distribution !

    She used even her womanhood, to manipulate her lovers, to do her will. De Lima is the personification of evil…

    She destroyed the image of our country, by telling those extra judicial killings, to foreign media, increasing the numbers of those killed by the thousand. It is for her ulterior motives,
    together with her cahoots: Aquino, Porky Drilon, Trillanes, Hontiveros , Leni Robredo, etc…

    She should be removed from Senate; disbarred as a lawyer; and thrown in Jail…where she will have a good time partying with her Drug Lord buddies !

    1. Trillanes is a bully, and a political opportunist. He thinks , he knows everything, when he went to China for a backdoor diplomacy. It came into this result: the Chinese grabbed the Spartly Islands, with Aquino and the Governors, selling mountains to the Chinese to fill up the ocean, and enlarge the Islands to become a military base…

      Now, Trillanes is acting as the attack dog of Aquino, and co conspirator to destabilize the Philippines…this Traitor , did not learn anything, except to conspire !

      1. Trillanes and De Lima are out right form of corruption. They are government officials who are using the peoples money [as senators] to destroy the current administration instead of working for the people and the country. They should be removed from the senate to go fight President Duterte on the streets at their own expense and not wasting the people’s while dragging the Senate House with them.

    2. Spot on 121Toro007HYden99999.9999. De Lima should not be allowed to use the senate house to get to her personal enemies at the expense of tax payers. She had been investigating then Mayor Duterte, now the president since she was the chair of CHR in 2009 and continued when she was the DOJ secretary. She herself [De Lima] said there is no evidence of Linking Duterte to the alleged Davao Death Squad (DDS).Now that she is a senator (PCOS machine elected) she invented the EJK issue to shame Duterte’s administration and waste the senate’s resources and time by producing her non-credible witness, Matobato.

  3. “change is indeed coming”

    Uh-huh. Well hindi mo ako sinagot noong huling beses kaya susubukan ko ulit.

    1) Does the Philippines want foreign investment and tourism or no?

    2) Does the recent 5% decline in the USD/PHP exchange rate indicate anything about the image of the country abroad and the economic development of the country?

    3) Is it acceptable for a person to be shot by police based solely on the officer’s assertion that the victim was a drug dealer, with the full approval of the country’s president?

    4) Do police officers ever make mistakes or act from improper motives? Does an accused criminal deserve the right to explain and defend him or herself against the charges?

    5) Even if someone is a drug dealer, is summary execution a reasonable and proportional response by society?

    6) Would you be fine if you or someone you loved were shot by the police with no other explanation than a cardboard sign hung on their body saying “Pusher ako”?

    1. All those police scenarios have been happening way before Duterte was sworn into office. The only MAJOR DIFFERENCE is that everyone is making a big deal of it now that he is the commander in chief. As if this is all new. What even makes it worse is that the man is getting a lot of flak for actually doing some work addressing the drug problem that past administrations either ignored or (cough!) actually helped flourish. Wake up. Living in the Philippines—Duterte or not—is a major human rights violation already. At least Duterte is doing something. Can’t say the same for the rest, especially his good-for-nothing predecessor.

      1. “What even makes it worse is that the man is getting a lot of flak for actually doing some work addressing the drug problem that past administrations either ignored or (cough!) actually helped flourish.”

        Then past administrations are the ones that Duterte needs to go after, not the lowly man on the streets peddling drugs to survive in this oligarch-controlled society. The illegal drugs epidemic started at the top and worked it way down to the bottom, just like the old saying: “Bullshit always rolls downhill and not uphill.”

        1. And what makes you think he’s not doing that? Even among criminals, those who have the means and money to extend their lives are doing everything to survive—and that includes eliminating the lowly dregs working for them just to make sure they’re not identified. You’re assuming every casualty in Duterte’s campaign were killed by the police alone. That’s an unfair assumption despite the truth that that type of scenario does happen in a police-related crackdown. And secondly, in case you missed it, several high profile politician suspects either already surrendered, or executed in some ferry boat in Iloilo by shady characters out to protect their interests. So no, this is not about some poor pederasts being summarily executed just because they’re easier targets. And Leila De Lima being named as one of the major links in the drug trade in the country can hardly be called “lowly”.

        2. @Erning. Why makes me think he (Duterte) is not doing that (I’m assuming you meant going after the oligarchs)? It’s simple really; he can’t afford to. To do so would mean the end of his political career and possibly his life.

          This is why Duterte has to choose his battles very carefully. Nobody is that invincible. Even for someone like Duterte who still has spies, conspirators, and assassins in his administration that can be bought by anyone to take him out.

          I never assume anything when it comes to the Philippines, where the obvious is not what it seems. You’re the one making the assumption that, just because Duterte is coming down hard on the illegal drugs trade–whether it’s his cops or someone else doing the killings and committing these murders–that the Philippines is on its way towards recovery.

          Nothing could be farther from the truth. The network and level of graft and corruption in this country is so vast and intricate, that it’ll take more than Duterte himself to get rid of all of them.

          And when Duterte is gone, who’s do you have in mind to continue what he had started? Those possibilities are always around the corner and which something you have to anticipate, especially in a corrupt country like the Philippines and its unruly people.

        3. I never assume anything when it comes to the Philippines, where the obvious is not what it seems. You’re the one making the assumption that, just because Duterte is coming down hard on the illegal drugs trade–whether it’s his cops or someone else doing the killings and committing these murders–that the Philippines is on its way towards recovery.

          Nothing could be farther from the truth. The network and level of graft and corruption in this country is so vast and intricate, that it’ll take more than Duterte himself to get rid of all of them.

          And when Duterte is gone, who’s do you have in mind to continue what he had started? Those possibilities are always around the corner and which something you have to anticipate, especially in a corrupt country like the Philippines and its unruly people.

          You’re the oone assuming about what I assume. I never assumed all the things above that you mentioned. It will take a miracle and years upon years of cultural reform to get out of the rut the Philippines is stuck in. But to see someone rattling the cages a bit and offer a bit of different perspective to things that slightly deviates from the one we have had since the last thirty years of basically NOTHING, I welcome his presence. If only to start something that will snowball into something–anything—than what he have had with the oligarch-controlled country you have mentioned. And I don’t think he’s that stupid to tackle big opponents with no solid backers of his own. Now whether that’s a good thing or not, I’m willing to risk it.

        4. @Erning. “You’re assuming every casualty in Duterte’s campaign were killed by the police alone. That’s an unfair assumption despite the truth that that type of scenario does happen in a police-related crackdown.”

          I would like to know where in any of my comments you read that I assumed Duterte’s cops killed all these drug pushers. Please point it out. That’s right, it’s going to take “years and years”–if at all—of cultural reform before the Philippines can get out of the “rut” it’s in.

          Duterte will be long gone and no one can guarantee that his “cultural reform” (if that’s what you think he had started) will be carried out by future administrations. For all we know the whole country will just go back to what’s it’s been good at for decades, even centuries, of graft and corruption.

          You can “welcome” Duterte’s presence all you want but, unless the Filipino people come together to revamp their corrupt cultural makeup, you’re only setting yourself up for future disappoint—especially when what you anticipate “snowball into something” worse: a deeper faction among the people.

        5. you’re only setting yourself up for future disappoint—especially when what you anticipate “snowball into something” worse: a deeper faction among the people.

          Maybe, maybe not. Like I said, no one can tell and I’m willing to bet on it. That he’s moving from the routine set up and blindly followed by his predecessors is an encouraging sight enough for me. If I get disappointed, so be it.

        6. @Erning. If the last two centuries of Filipino “Colonial” and “Crab” legacies are the only things you can go by to predict the future of the Philippines, you might end up losing that bet.

          And unless the “entire” Filipino population do away with the pretenses of their false pride and individualism, the Philippines has no hope of becoming a unified nation–Duterte or no Duterte. I’m sorry but I’m just being realistic.

        7. @s-tambay. Then Duterte needs to go after them (“tuwad na daan) instead of beating around the bush by going after the foot soldiers. No need to go after the pawns if the kings and queens are there for the taking.

    2. Allow me to respond, please.

      1) Does the Philippines want foreign investment and tourism or no? *Yes, and I think these partially explains the government’s anti-criminality and tighter security drive.

      2) Does the recent 5% decline in the USD/PHP exchange rate indicate anything about the image of the country abroad and the economic development of the country? *I am not an expert but I read that BSP said this is due to foreign investors’ “profit-taking”.

      3) Is it acceptable for a person to be shot by police based solely on the officer’s assertion that the victim was a drug dealer, with the full approval of the country’s president?
      *No, but I am willing to give the police the benefit of the doubt, especially if it’s a legitimate buy-bust operation.

      4) Do police officers ever make mistakes or act from improper motives? Does an accused criminal deserve the right to explain and defend him or herself against the charges?*The police make mistakes just like everyone else. The accused has all the right to explain if arrested and did not fight back.

      5) Even if someone is a drug dealer, is summary execution a reasonable and proportional response by society?*Of course not. Who are the perpetrators is another question and needs to be investigated and punished.

      6) Would you be fine if you or someone you loved were shot by the police with no other explanation than a cardboard sign hung on their body saying “Pusher ako”?*You’re assuming the police are the ones delivering this so called “cardboard justice.” And no! I am not fine if someone I loved were shot by ANYONE, for that matter.

      1. @wink. The Philippines only wants money—and it will take it in any way, shape, or form it can get it: business, drugs, foreign aids, money remittances, graft and corruption, and so on. Welcome to the Philippines, where the only thing that “counts” is money.

      2. @wink. Just be careful, though. Once you part with your money in the Philippines, there’s a good chance you won’t get it back. Unless, of course, you’re more unscrupulous than the people you deal with.

      3. “Start from the top and roll down…” De Lima should start singing with Colanggos band at the Bilibid to atone for her own guilt as the front illegal Drug Protector. She will do the Country good for a change by naming her Narco-Politician mentors; from the generals, Ochoa, DILG sec. to the office of the president during her term as a DOJ Sec.

  4. The overwhelming vote to remove Leila de Lima as chair of the Senate committee on justice is shaking up the yellow media.

    They’re getting so desperate they can’t think rationally anymore. They’re giving De Lima so much air time, people around me are tuning out every time she comes on.

    We know what’s coming next. The yellow media will turn De Lima into a martyr and claim that she was removed as committee chair to stop Matobato from testifying further. The yellow media will portray the clownish Matobato as a star witness, and act like his inane claims have not been debunked. They really are living in an alternate universe.

    De Lima is all over the place moaning about her predicament, but the networks don’t give much airplay to the facts that disproved Matobato’s claims, such as:

    – The statement of the family and lawyer of Richard King that the Dutertes had absolutely nothing to do with King’s murder. http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/105385/absolutely-false

    – The statement of the Nograleses that none of their bodyguards was murdered in 2010 as Matobato claimed, and that their political rivalry with the Dutertes never got violent. http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/581533/news/nation/ex-house-speaker-prospero-nograles-none-of-my-staff-were-killed-in-2010

    – The lack of any records on supposed international terrorist Sali Makdul who Matobato claimed was killed on orders of Duterte, and the revelation of a village leader from Matobato’s old neighborhood that “Sali Makdul” was actually the name of a man who lived in their community years ago and had a conflict with Matobato.
    http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/local-news/2016/09/17/sources-confirm-matobato-tagbaobo-village-samal-498173

    The list of Matobato’s inconsistencies and falsehoods goes on and on, yet the yellow media and Leila de Lima still keep trying to pass him off as a credible witness. It’s pitiful, actually. They’re just not getting through to anyone. They may have fooled the gullible foreign media, who can’t imagine that it’s possible to toy around with Senate testimonies the way De Lima did with Matobato. But we Filipinos are not that dumb. We’ve seen this before. This is classic De Lima. Arranging perjury at the Senate is child’s play when you’ve defied Supreme Court orders.

    Her ill motives were so obvious, it’s a waste of energy to deny them. Just listen to this interview where Senator Ping Lacson described how De Lima deliberately kept Matobato a secret from him, even though he was her co-chair in the Senate hearings. She didn’t tell him, but she tipped off the Senate media corps!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPvKy9lr5G4

    She did this so Lacson would not be able to test Matobato’s credibility before Matobato was presented on the Senate floor. Had Matobato been properly vetted, he would never have made it to the Senate floor with all the preposterous loopholes in his stories.

    De Lima’s agenda was clear from the start. She did not make Matobato give a sworn written affidavit before he testified, so he was able to say whatever he wanted knowing he would not be held liable. It’s also very likely that De Lima already knew Matobato’s claims about Richard King, the Nograles bodyguards, Sali Makdul, etc were false. After all, she was in contact with Matobato since 2013 when she admitted him to the WPP as DOJ secretary. She wasn’t able to file any cases against Duterte then, probably because she knew Matobato wouldn’t hold up as a witness. Yet, she went ahead and let Matobato “perform” on the Senate floor last week, to create a spectacle for the international media.

    Leila de Lima turned the Senate into a joke. She disrespected the other (non-yellow) senators who were there by making them unwitting props for her freak show. She absolutely deserved to be removed as chairman of the committee on justice. In fact, most Filipinos probably wish she had been removed from the Senate completely.

  5. Is ‘change’ really happening or is it just really more of the same game of politics that has been with us since we can remember? What happened to Sen. De Lima has happened before every time a political stablemate of whoever is in Malacanang, by sheer force of number, decides to force out anyone who antagonizes the leadership of the party in power.

    To see Sen. Manny Pacquiao in a robotic fashion moved to declare as vacant the chairmanship and entire membership of the Senate Justice and Human Rights Committee is to see how our politicians play hardball politics when things get rough. What Sens. Paquiao and Cayetano did, both allies of the president, was expected in order to stop the hemorrhage that was happening in the Senate HR committee. To arrest the embarrassing situation they have to muscle De Lima out. It’s really nothing new and I think people understand it.

    What I’m interested to find out, though, is what’s going to happen after Sen. De Lima’s gagging. Will the investigation on EJK be stopped? Will it proceed under a new approach and different focus? With things ‘under control’ now, I suspect that there will be a gradual shift on the committee’s function in order to lessen the friction it has created with Malacanang. Again, same old song.

    Bottom line, there is really nothing concrete that shows change are a-coming or an indication that the game of politics and our politicians are changing. We have been “changing” since the downfall of Marcos.

    Sadly, while we ‘change’ we remain the same.

    1. The 16 senators who voted to remove De Lima only did what was right to protect the dignity and integrity of the Senate. The whole country has seen how she was turning the hearings into a circus act with laughable witnesses telling outright lies under her direction. Ousting her from the senate committee on justice is very minor compared to the real punishment she deserves.

      1. “The 16 senators who voted to remove De Lima only did what was right to protect the dignity and integrity of the Senate.”
        ===
        There was no Senate dignity and integrity to protect because it was never at stake.

        Every time Edgar Matobato opens his mouth Malacanang, not the Senate, was shaking down to its core. Every time Matobato narrates what he knows in terms of events, names of the people involved and other damaging statements the senator-allies, not the Senate, of Pres. Duterte squirms with discomfort.

        “The whole country has seen how she was turning the hearings into a circus act with laughable witnesses telling outright lies under her direction.”
        ===
        Doesn’t make sense. If her witness is laughable for telling outright lies, why stop it instead of allowing it to continue and grill and expose how phony the witness is? But you know that is not true. Nothing in Motabato’s testimony was laughable. Killings, murders and more killing is never a laughing matter.

        1. @gnogid: My question is are you really thinking???
          “Doesn’t make sense. If her witness is laughable for telling outright lies, why stop it instead of allowing it to continue and grill and expose how phony the witness is? But you know that is not true. Nothing in Motabato’s testimony was laughable. Killings, murders and more killing is never a laughing matter.”
          Whatever you stated is a laughing matter… do you think its “okay” that local and international media can broadcast these stupid witnesses and their clearly false statements???

        2. “laughable witness”

          It means it was the person who was laughable, not his testimony. Personally, I didn’t find the witness laughable. I found him frustrating. The man couldn’t even answer a simple question like, “Kilala ka ba ni Gen. Dela Rosa o hindi.” De Lima had to step in dozens of times to answer the questions for him. Some of them conflicted with the witness’ own statements. SMH

        3. Really malacanang is shaking?
          Please explain to me a lot of the things if not all of what he was saying are proven to false?
          Malacanang didnt even need to prove it. People just found out.
          Not to mention the lack of coherence.

        4. Jim1028,
          do you think its “okay” that local and international media can broadcast these stupid witnesses and their clearly false statements???
          ===
          Not only do I think it’s okay but it’s the proper thing to do if there is nothing to hide. If Sen. De Lima is really out to do bad why will she put her witness out there against the solar-like questioning of seasoned lawyers/legislator Sen. Cayetano or the ever-doubting Sen. Sotto and the rest of Pres. Duterte’s allies?

          You think Matobato, who had grade one education, can lie his way on the Senate floor without being put on the spot and exposed as a liar and a pony by those senators? Why avoid confronting a supposed liar and defeat him in front of the people? Doesn’t make sense.

          And if I’m Pres. Duterte and I have nothing to hide, I’ll let De Lima have her way and see where she will end up with her lies and innuendos. If the foreign media sees that there is really nothing in the De Lima investigation, I’ll be vindicated and in the process my war against illegal drugs will be strengthened and justified.

        5. Shut up tard,
          Really malacanang is shaking?
          ===
          You have to read what Sen. Cayetano on his comments about the investigation.

          Please explain to me a lot of the things if not all of what he was saying are proven to false?
          Malacanang didnt even need to prove it. People just found out.
          Not to mention the lack of coherence.
          ===
          Again, let me repeat what I said, it doesn’t make sense. If the witness lied, there is lack of coherence, etc. why let him survive the confrontation? If your opponent is weak and lies and a fake, why not simply prove it by putting him on the spot and expose him?

          Why stop the game if you think you are winning?

          It really doesn’t make sense. 🙄

  6. Those Failipino politicians who-call-themselves “zealots and righteous” have often been prepared to ride roughshod over due process and basic considerations of fairness when they think they can get away with it. For them the ends always seems to justify the means. That is precisely how their predecessors came to create the Failippines version of the gulag.

  7. All this “in aid of legislation” mumbo jumbo should be thrown into the trash bin; our senators should be made to perform what they were voted and paid for – to create laws that will boost job creation and economic development.

    Media should just be barred from Senate sessions so these opportunists don’t use the senate as a venue for grandstanding and getting media coverage. Image if the discussion of the Knights of the round table on tactical decisions on outsmarting an incoming foe was broadcasted live for all the world to know;

  8. The yellow media now want to declare martial law on social media.

    http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/09/19/16/probe-sought-on-harassment-of-journalists

    They want Sec. Martin Andanar to investigate netizens who criticized reporters who passed on inaccurate and biased information about President Duterte to the foreign media.

    This is truly hilarious, even by the standards of the ultra-moronic National Union of Philippine Journalists. The “defenders of freedom of speech” can’t take it that netizens are throwing their sh*t back at them, so they cry and tattle to mommy.

    Suck it up, guys. You don’t have a monopoly of “freedom of speech” anymore. A new world has evolved out there. Live with it, accept it, or get out. The public is the ultimate judge of the crap you dish out, not your inbred yellow peers. It’s high time you “crusaders” woke up and realized your lies are not fooling anyone except yourselves.

  9. P.S. ABS-CBN still calls it the “alleged” NBP drug trade, even after all the shabu, cash, weapons, and cellphones that have been unearthed by the police from the raids at the national penitentiary.
    https://twitter.com/ANCALERTS/status/778057218067304449

    But when ABS-CBN reports on the accusations of a discredited joke-witness like Matobato against Duterte, they don’t bother to say “alleged”.

  10. These De Lima and Trillanes, I believe, deserve to be admonished. As a matter of fact, they should be subjected, via a resolution, under the Senate Ethics committee. Trouble with these two guys is the fact that they still carry or have the hang over of the past administration where they lorded it over and acted like spoiled brats and continue to manifest the same attitude without an iota of shame. De Lima’s attempt to destroy President Duterte via her fake witness is, to my mind, an obvious effort to paint the President as a leader of a gang who resort to killings without rhyme nor reason. Unfortunately, it was pretty evident that the witness was out of order, lying on his teeth, concocted fabrications and perhaps was promised by his sponsor something gargantuan to expose himself and directly accused the President of diabolical acts. Good riddance I must say the move of the sixteen Senators to oust De Lima from chairmanship of the powerful Justice Committee. Now, this Senator Trillanes whose only ticket to the Senate was his participation in the Oakwood Mutiny during the Presidency of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo due to the latter’s dwindling popularity. His arrogance in the last hearing conducted by Chair De Lima of the Justice committee is really an eyesore and should not be left unnoticed. To say SORRY to his fellow Senator whom he disrespected won’t suffice. It is therefore imperative that these two should be held accountable and if necessary be totally ousted from the Senate.

  11. To understand how Sen. De Lima thinks is simply to understand the meaning of her name:
    D – esperadong
    E – litistang
    L – umalaban sa
    I – nang Bayan at
    M – akatwirang
    A – Adminsitrasyon
    Need do i say more?

  12. The world will judge Duterte based on what he says and what is seen on Philippine news regarding police killing poor looking Filipinos in the streets and in their homes while they are sleeping.

  13. I saw that Trillanes move to that way, the moment i read the news that he “apologize” I was like:-

    “Wala ka pala, eh” 🙂

    Further to that, he abstained from voting (for) keeping Delima as Committee Chair. Di man lang bumoto for moral support.

  14. Thank God, DeLima was removed in the Chairmanship of the Committee of Justice and Human Rights. The whole peace loving Filipinos are rejoicing. Trillanes should be slapped with suspension for unethical and unbecoming attitudes.
    Now,how about DeLima’s reactions in the on going Drug Prolifirations at the Bilibid Prisons. DeLima should attend the hearing to clear her name. DeLima, harapin mo ang mga alegasyon sa iyo… which wala ka ng reputasyong tinatago…milyong milyong kinita mo sa Droga, ayon sa mga Testigo na dati mong kaalyado…Ang taong bayan ay gising na DeLima. Nasaan ang tapang mo ngayon.
    Thank God for what is happening in the Senate now.
    The truth will prevail and will set our country to the path of real change that we need.

  15. Drug testing using urine. only used knitting sample. ie deciding now we take drug tests on all our workers or inmates.
    NOT THIS PLANNED drug test where you yourself REQUESTS OR ANY SAY ABOUT TWO DAYS OR NEXT WEEK
    SO DUTERTES IS NOT CLEAR FROM THIS. IT will be done on independent basis and when no one knows
    All in europe and usa knows this and PAOLO DUTERTE TOO

    It is common knowledge that people are cheating with urine samples during drug screenings. There are so many ways that any tampering with a urine sample. The goal is obviously to conceal a possible. intake of drugs. This section describes some of the most common methods and how cheating can be avoided.

    All that affect urine pH value used to manipulate the urine sample:
    Addition of, inter alia, soap / soap, sulfuric acid, citric acid or ammonia directly into the urine sample. This affects the urine pH value and leads to false negative response. During the intake of these substances, the effect is not as great.
    Taking amounts of water just before the urine sample provided. This means that the urine becomes very thin (= low creatinine levels) and that the concentration of the drug falls and therefore do not give ruling on the test.
    Replacing their own urine sample with anyone else known to be “clean”. Store a condom with clean outside observation and urine pour down into the tube.
    Prevention:
    Make sure the person does not know when urine samples to be submitted. In this way, the patient is prepared and the risk that he / she is thereby less cheating.
    Ask the person if he / she has just drinking water, in the affirmative case, you should wait a few hours before urine drop.
    Make sure the person washes their hands thoroughly in water alone before he / she leaves urine sample to remove old soap or citric acid that can sit under the nails and affect urine sample.
    Monitor the entire urinary monument. This avoids problems with the appointments of various substances in the urine.
    How to protect itself, the urine is pure and genuine or detect if it has been tampered with?
    Smell of urine! If soap or citric acid is added, it appears from the smell.
    Feel if the urine has the right temperature (use the temperature gauge to be sure).
    Check the color of your urine is completely clear, which may mean that the urine is diluted.
    Use FerleCheck to check the urine pH and creatinine.

    Cut-off and detection times
    A screening measures based on a given threshold (cut-off) expressed in ng / ml of urine. The threshold determines how much drug it must at least be in the urine for the test to show a positive result.

    If you take a test Cannabis (THC) with a limit of eg 200 ng / ml or more, it means that the concentration of cannabis in urine should be above 200 ng / ml for the results of the screening will be positive. Taking a THC test limit value of 50 ng / ml means that the concentration should be above 50 ng / ml to generate a positive response. Consequently, this means that the concentration of cannaibs is e.g. 75 ng / ml, then the answer is positive at the limit value of 50 ng / mL but negative in the limit 200 ng / mL.

    Detection time talking about how long you can track the drug. The time can vary from person to person depending on many factors: age, intake amount, possible dilution of the urine, liver function, etc.

    Detection times and limits – urine

    Drug Cut-off (ng / ml) * Detection time (urine) *
    Alcohol ETG (metabolite) 500 Up to 2 days
    Amphetamine 300/500/1000 Up to 4 days
    Barbiturates 300 Up to 14 days
    Benzodiazepines 300 Up to 10 days (Oxazepam Diazepam and up to 4 weeks)
    Buprenorphine / Subutex 10 Up to 3 days
    Cannabis (THC)
    Cannabis (THC)
    Cannabis (THC) 50
    50
    50 Up to 4 days with a single ingestion *
    Up to 10 days at sporadic intake *
    Up to 8 weeks of daily intake *
    Cannabis (THC)
    Cannabis (THC)
    Cannabis (THC) 200
    200
    200 Up to 3 days with a single ingestion *
    Up to 4 days at sporadic intake *
    Up to 16 days at daily intake *
    Cannabis (THC)
    Cannabis (THC)
    Cannabis (THC) 300
    300
    300 Up to 2 days at single intake *
    Up to 3 days at sporadic intake *
    Up to 9 days at daily intake *
    Cotinine (nicotine metabolite) 100 Up to 2 days
    EDDP (methadone metabolite) 100 Up to 4 days
    Fentanyl 10 Up to 3 days
    Ketamine 1000 Up to 3 days
    Clonazepam 100 Up to 3 days
    Cocaine 300 Up to 3 days
    LSD 10 Up to 2 days
    MDMA (ecstasy) 500 Up to 2 days
    methamphetamine 1000 Up to 3 days
    methadone 300 Up to 14 days
    Methylphenidate 300 Up to 4 days
    Opiates 300 Up to 4 days
    Opiates 2000 Up to 2 days
    Oxycodone 100 Up to 3 days
    PCP (angel dust) 25 Up to eight days
    Spice (synthetic THC) 100 Up to 2 days
    Tramadol 100/200 Up to 3 days
    Zolpidem 50 Up to 2 days
    * All detection times are relative, then it is individual how fast the body secretes substances. For cannabis, the detection time may vary greatly depending on the person’s addiction.

    Detection times and limits – saliva

    Drug
    Cut-off (ng / ml) *
    Detection time (saliva)
    Cocaine 20 Ca. 1 day
    methamphetamine 50 Ca. 1 day
    Benzodiazepines 10 Ca. 1 day
    Cannabis (THC) 100 ca. 2-4 hours
    Opiates 40 Ca. 1 day
    Amphetamine 50 Ca. 1 day
    * Note that the limit on a quick test can vary + – 25% from the specified value according to international standards.

  16. Duterte’s two sons previously abused drugs, and the Mayor
    channeled his anger over his son’s drug use not just against
    drug pushers, but also drug users, eventually leading him to
    embrace vigilante killings as a means to reduce crime
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  17. Guess who has taken over Leila de Lima’s place on the anti-Duterte international speaking circuit?

    Watch this video that Leni Robredo made for an international NGO event in Vienna tomorrow. Warning: this will REALLY make your blood boil. If you have vertigo, sit down and take a deep breath before watching.

    http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/603287/news/nation/robredo-reveals-alleged-palit-ulo-scheme-warrantless-search-in-war-on-drugs

    You know what’s really sickening about this video? It’s not even the lies and exaggerations that Robredo is saying about what’s going on in the Philippines and how Pinoys feel about it (as if she’s in any position to speak for the Filipino people, who mostly hate her guts).

    It’s the hollowness and emptiness of the way she mechanically reads from a script that obviously someone else wrote. She’s making huge claims about thousands of people being summarily killed by police, but her eyes and voice are absolutely empty of emotion or conviction. She’s just a puppet playing a role, who doesn’t even understand what she’s doing or saying, she’s just mindlessly following her owner’s instructions like a robot.

    Speaker Alvarez, the number one drug lord is not the one in jail. There’s a new player. It’s the one in this video, and she’s a robot.

    1. After what she’s been doing, one can lose decency when referring to Leni. Nananadya na ang mga Pulpol. I don’t buy the crap that she’s not aware of necessary protocols involving those matters. She’s a willing participant in the power grabbing efforts of her party, even before she got placed in the post. She’s undoubtedly stupid, but she’s fully capable of corruption with the way she conducts herself and her politics.

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