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Ano, kayo lang? Majority senators leave out minority peers in Senate reso on EJKs

Sep 27, 2017 @ 22:35

Not to be outdone, senators from the majority bloc also “excluded” minority colleagues” with their own “version” of a resolution urging the government to stop and resolve all unresolved extrajudicial killings.

Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III led in filing resolution No. 518 “condemning in the strongest sense the extrajudicial killings and calling on the government to exert the exhaust all efforts to stop and resolve these unresolved killings.”

All members of the majority bloc, except for Sen. Joel Villanueva who is on sick leave, stood as co-authors.

The filing of the said resolution came on the heels of the heated exchanges on the floor on resolution No. 516, which left out Pimentel along with Senators Vicente Sotto III, Richard Gordon, Cynthia Villa, Juan Miguel Zubiri, Gregorio Honasan and Manny Pacquiao as sponsors.

Pimentel and the six other senators were put to shame for not signing Senate Resolution No. 516 which called on the government to stop the killings of minors and initiated by Senator Kiko Pangilinan.

Pimentel claimed he never saw the resolution introduced by the minority bloc.

“I’m against not only killing of minors but also the killing of Filipinos,” he said.

Pimentel’s resolution named not only Kian Loyd Delos Santos, Carl Arnaiz, and Reynaldo De Guzman but also other extrajudicial killing victims Leo Sarmiento, Raymart Siapo, and Roman Manaois.

The majority senators called on the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other law enforcement agencies to implement the law and conduct operations in accordance with the Constitution and existing laws.

“The Philippines is a civilized democratic society that will not tolerate unresolved killings. The police must do its job and solve these crimes,” Pimentel said.

“Let it be known that the Senate, as the bastion of democracy, will not surrender its duty to protect and defend the human rights of every Filipino,” he added.

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