By: Elena Grace Flores
What would justice be like when law makers are bias over their stands on topics – when it favors them, they will cooperate if not, mind your own business? This seems to be the attitude of incoming House Speaker rejecting the resolution on De Lima and Ifugao Representative Teddy Brawner Baguilat Jr’s probe to the rising number of drug suspects killed under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Instead of practicing fairness, Davao del Norte 1st District Representative Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez plans to file a House resolution calling for an investigation into the proliferation of drug use at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) when Senator Leila de Lima was still justice secretary – that truly determines the administration’s wanting to stop de Lima from doing her job. He is not only bias but also gives a bad example on how manipulative the administration can be. hopefully not with the president’s blessing. Duterte may have warned de Lima that he will let her be investigated over involvement in the Bilibid prison drug trade during the campaign period but that should remain there unless there’s probable cause to go that way and not just based on artificial scandal propaganda over social media that were obviously designed to malign de Lima’s reputation so that whatever she says will be against her.
Vice President Leni Robredo and groups including the International Commission of Jurists also have called for an investigation of the incidents. If the Duterte administration is not deaf over the public’s cry for justice, then they would know that it’s not only de Lima or Robredo who are concerned with the unlawful killings that are increasing but also the general public. If left unattended, this would be a major blow in the President’s career because everything will boomerang into his face. So he better be fair and let the inquiry go though without the congress being bias.