“Tayong mga senador, nagiimbestiga. ‘Di magpo-protekta sa witness. ‘Yun po ang rules natin dito.”
This was how Sen. Manny Pacquiao took a swipe at another newbie colleague, Leila de Lima during the 4th Senate hearing on Thursday, September 22 into the spate of extrajudicial killings under the administration.
De Lima, asked the panel to allow witness Edgar Matobato to finish his explanations. This came after several senators were continuously asking questions to Matobato while the witness was not yet done answering a previous question.
“Again I go back to my appeal earlier. Iwasan po natin ang misleading. Kapag naman po siguro meron syang ineexplain, hayaan naman po siya para makaexplain,” De Lima said.
After the lady senator’s statement, Pacquiao asked to be recognized and raised Senate rules.
In an apparent swipe at De Lima, Pacquiao said senators are there to test the witness’ credibility and not to defend anyone.
“What I understand, Mr Chairman, ito ay inquiry sa isang witness para pakinggan ang statement ng witness. Hindi natin dedepensahan sya kundi i-examine kung nagsasabi ng totoo (this is an inquiry into a witness to hear his statement. We are not here to defend him but to examine if his statements are true),” Pacquiao said.