MANILA - The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is set to present its own witnesses when the Senate resumes its investigation into the extra-judicial killings of drug suspects under the Duterte administration, Senator Gordon said Tuesday. Gordon told radio DZMM that the legislative inquiry will resume on Thursday, after it was suspended indefinitely last week due to a heated verbal exchange between him and Senator Leila de Lima.
Gordon, chair of the Senate committee on justice which leads the inquiry, accused De Lima of concealing information that Edgar Matobato, a witness who claimed that President Duterte sanctioned vigilante killing in his hometown of Davao City, had been charged for the 2002 kidnapping of Pakistani national Sali Makdum. De Lima, on her part, noted that Matobato had mentioned the information during previous hearings. She stormed out of the premises after Gordon refused to apologize for his accusation.
Despite the spat, Gordon guaranteed that lawmakers are committed to creating a law that could resolve drug-related murders. "Ang focus naman namin talaga ay ano ba ang gagawin naming batas pagkatapos ng imbestigasyon na ito, hindi iyung magpakita sa telebisyon lamang ng sensationalistic statements," Gordon said. [Our focus really is the law that we will create after this investigation, and not just presenting sensational statements on television.]
Gordon also discouraged the public from condoning the murder of suspected criminals. "Ang attitude ng tao nakakatakot na rin ngayon, ang attitude ng tao, pusher talaga iyan dapat mamatay iyan [The public's attitude is frightening, their attitude is that drug pushers deserve to die]... Nobody has the right to kill anybody just like that," he said.