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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Felipe
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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.

121Toro007HYden99999.9999
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121Toro007HYden99999.9999
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 !… Read more »
333Hyden007Toro9999.999
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333Hyden007Toro9999.999

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 !

Maria
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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.

Maria
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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… Read more »
Noreaster
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“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?… Read more »
Erning
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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… Read more »
David
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“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.”

Erning
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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… Read more »
David
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@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… Read more »
Erning
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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,… Read more »
David
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@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… Read more »
Erning
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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.

David
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@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.

s-tambay
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Alam ng taga tuwad na daan kung saan makabibili ng droga..paano business nila ito

David
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@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.

David
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(“tuwad na daan”), that is.

wink
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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,… Read more »
David
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@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.

David
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“businesses” not “business,” that is.

David
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@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.

Maria
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“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.

practical observer
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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… Read more »
Dick S. O'Rosary
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My circle of Atenean friends were predictably all tweeting about the “death of democracy” yesterday. Go figure. =/

Erning
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Prof. Contreras had a good comeback to that:

gnogid
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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… Read more »
yellowed out GRP reader
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yellowed out GRP reader

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.

gnogid
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“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… Read more »
Juan
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Hahaha. Bugok.

Jim1028
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@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???

Red
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“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

Shut up tard
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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.

gnogid
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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… Read more »
gnogid
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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… Read more »
d_forsaken
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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.

Tank
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Oh, so now they have standards.

If we’re lucky, these fruitless exercises “in aid of legislation” will end soon.

zaxx
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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;

jacky33
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Good riddance!

It is easy for her to fight Duterte and other political opponents but doesn’t fight drug lords and drug pushers.

yellowed out GRP reader
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yellowed out GRP reader
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.… Read more »
ontheotherhand
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wow. so threatening journalists with rape is cool with you?

yellowed out GRP reader
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yellowed out GRP reader

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”.

Jojo Mart Solis
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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… Read more »
Chris Espiritu
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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?
Ofelia Harvey
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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.

Kid Dynamo
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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.

Danny P. Dela Cruz
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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… Read more »
From hacker group anonymos
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From hacker group anonymos
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… Read more »
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From hacker group anonymos

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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tweedledee
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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… Read more »
klara
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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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