The long awaited senate probe on the cases of extra-judicial killing initiated by former Justice Secretary and Senator Leila De Lima have finally come.
Senator Alan Peter Cayetano have slammed Senator Leila De Lima's insistence of "extra-judicial killing" under the new administration on his opening statement.
"Are we using the term 'extra-judicial killing' to discredit the PNP and the Duterte administration?" Senator Cayetano said.
Cayetano said he hoped the commision of human rights would educate the people and the media on the idea that all deaths are "extra-judicial" when it is apparently not based on operational definition.
"There is a need for a clear-cut definition of what 'extrajudicial killing' is. The name is a mismoner since every killing, outside death penalty, is extrajudicial," he added.
Cayetano revealed that the Aquino administration, known as allies of De Lima, have created AO 35 that clarifies and specified the term extra-judicial for operational definition.
A.O. 35 specifically notes that unless a member of a political, environmental, agrarian or labor organization, a media practitioner, or those perceived to be members and advocates have been killed, then it is not considered by law as extra-judicial killing.
"Ibig sabihin po labor leader ka, media ka, religious leader, pinatay ka dahil sa paniniwala mo," Cayetano said emphasizing that it was specifically made by the Aquino administration.
Furthermore, he showed an exhibit showing that Senator Leila De Lima herself signed on the A.O. during her term as the Justice Secretary and she should have known herself what the term meant before probing the senate to investigate.
Cayetano also presented proof claiming that on the contrary to most belief, the death rate on the country have went down by one-third compared to previous administrations.
"Basically failure ang kanilang watch pagdating sa pagreresolve ng extra-judicial killings," the senator said pertaining to the killings during the past administration. "Bakit hindi na lang yun muna ang imbestigahan natin bago sa extra-judicial killings ngayon. O okay lang dati ngayon masama?"