SENATOR Alan Peter Cayetano blasted anew Senator Leila de Lima and the Commission on Human Rights for being biased over the anti-illegal drug war of President Duterte.
Cayetano accused De Lima and the CHR of bias, saying they had already prejudged the President and the police on the matter of alleged extrajudicial slays.
De Lima, chair of the Senate committee on justice and human rights, led the inquiry on extra-judicial killings.
“There is no national outrage on the drug war... But there is an international effort to discredit the Duterte administration,” Cayetano said.
He also expressed hurt over international howl on the administration’s war on drugs.
At the same time, Cayetano, Duterte’s runningmate last May elections, sought a halt on bickering over the bloody anti-drug campaign while the President is on his first international trip as the country’s leader.
In a nearly hour-long privilege speech, Cayetano asked the chamber for a break on the escalating verbal exchanges on the President’s drug war, which has received growing condemnation from the international community amid a piling body count.
He also asked the Senate to see if it could reach a consensus on the suspension of hearings “that would put the President in a bad light” while he is on an international trip, a seeming reference to De Lima’s ongoing inquiry into the spate of drug-related killings.
The President is set to undertake his first overseas trip, a three-nation swing through Laos, Brunei and Indonesia from September 4 to September 9.
“Maybe we can have a gentleman’s agreement, a gentlewoman’s agreement, when the President is abroad, let’s take care of other issues for the meantime,” he said, addressing his colleagues.
“Let us act as one in the Senate in deciding certain important matters like how do we help police in terms of giving them more equipment, giving them better pay, and maybe having (committee) chairs who do not have bias,” Cayetano said.
Later, during interpellations, Cayetano asserted his point.