The Senate’s Committee on Justice and Human Rights started this week its hearing on the extra judicial killings of drug suspects. But much of the proceedings looked and sounded like a class session in Iskul Bukul. First to ask questions was Manny Pacquiao. Of course, he wants to show he is taking his new role as senator seriously by not only being every present in every session but by joining the deliberations.
Pacquiao addressing Harra, wife of killed drug suspect: Sabe mo walang nakohang drog sa bahay mo. Sabe ng poles mayrong nakoha sa position ng asawa mo.
Policeman: Opo, your honor, may nakuha po kami sa possession ng asawa niya.
Pacquiao addressing Mary Rose, daughter of drug dealing couple also killed: “Alam ba ng magolang mo na bawal ang genagawa nela? Alam ba nela na se Prisidinti ay galet sa droga?
(Is Pacquiao implying that Harra’s husband and May Rose’s parents deserved to be killed?. Anyway, after struggling for 38 minutes to think of what to ask and how to articulate his questions, he proceeded to the gym for his preparation for his next fight. He should also spend time practicing speaking)
Joel Villanueva: Thank you Gen. de la Rosa even if you did not honor my invitation to Bulacan where hundreds of drug users surrendered.
(What did that have to do with extra judicial killings?)
Tito Sotto: Are there still recording and television facilities in the new Bilibid prison?
(Is he suggesting that the number of killings has risen because there are no more entertainment facilities in the NBP?)
Ralph Recto: According to COA reports the PNP lacks 25,000 enforcers, 3,000 vehicles, and 16,000 firearms.
(What is his point, that there would be less killing if the PNP had a full force and complete equipment?)
Migs Zubiri: We should amend the bank secrecy law.
(Maybe there would be no more search-for-drug operations which are almost always resisted by drug suspects, which in turn result in violent encounters. Policemen can simply look at the bank accounts of drug suspects.)
Sonny Angara: The anti-wiretapping law should be reviewed.
(Perhaps if the drug suspects are wiretapped, there would not be violent face-to-face encounters between policemen and drug suspects.)
Greg Honasan: addressing Gen. de la Rosa: General, you call this campaign against drug war. Is there a frontline? Are your forces deployed in military formation, two squads in front, one as back up and the third as reserve as we were taught in military tactics?
(The two garrulous PMA alumni then engaged in recollection of what they were taught in the Academy until the senator was told to shut up, ahh to wrap up.)
JV Ejercito: I sympathize with police officers. As a former mayor, I know policemen would not be quick to shoot suspects because they know they would immediately be suspended without pay and charged with murder. Not only would they lose their source of income, they would have to spend for legal counsel.
(That may not be true anymore because of the shoot-to-kill order of the President and his assurance that he will protect the policemen. )
Dick Gordon: When I was mayor, I extracted from the captured drug dealer who is his suppler and he was captured I asked him the same thing until I got to the original source.
(I do not know how his approach relate to the current rampant killings on drug suspects?0
Win Gatchalian: I was also once a mayor. There was no killing in Valenzuela.