The Solicitor General cannot prohibit the Senate from conducting its own investigation on the alleged extra judicial killings amid the aggressive campaign of the government against illegal drugs.
This was the reaction of Senate President Franklin Drilon after Solicitor General Jose Calida said that there is no need for the Senate to investigate on the series of killings of alleged suspects involved in illegal drugs acitivities.
Drilon said that the Senate supports the new administration’s tough campaign against illegal drugs but they cannot remain silent on the increasing number of individuals getting killed.
The veteran Senator added that the Senate will do its mandate to probe against officials of the government who may be guilty of violating or abusing their posts.
Drilon is an ally of Senator Leila De Lima. De Lima suggested the Senate’s probe on the series of drug-related killings.
Meanwhile, Senator Tito Sotto is siding with Solicitor General Jose Calida in going against the Senate investigating the said matter.
According to Sotto, let the concerned government agencies do their own probe first before the Senate meddles with the issue.
Even Senator Panfilo Lacson ssaid that there is no reason for the Senate to conduct its own investigation since no one is complaining yet on the alleged summary execution, all remain to be just speculations.
In a press conference earlier today in Camp Crame, Calida said that De Lima’s motive is suspicious because this may not be in aid of legislation but in aid of media mileage.