Lacson regrets Senate hearing focus on ‘drama
So much dramatization, so little time. This was the lament of Sen. Panfilo Lacson at Monday’s first Senate hearing on the recent spate of alleged summary killings amid the government’s intensified war on illegal drugs.
Lacson said the Senate justice committee under Leila de Lima let two of about 11 witnesses spend much time to dramatize their claims that their loved ones were summarily executed.
“Mas maraming nasayang na oras kanina. I don’t know bakit we had to dramatize yung pagna-narrate samantalang naka-submit na ng affidavit. We could have spent more time asking our resource persons instead of focusing on the individual narration ng kamaganak ng so-called victims,” he said.
Because of this, he said Monday’s hearing failed to get to the main issue, including what the police are doing to stop such “deaths under investigation.”
During Monday’s hearing, two witnesses were allowed to recall how their loved ones were killed, supposedly by policemen. Lacson said that while he does not want to question de Lima’s motives for allowing such dramatizations, these took up much time.
“Masyadong belabored kasi. Dapat yan pagka-submit ng affidavit, siguro five minutes is enough for them to narrate,” he added. Otherwise, Lacson said the hearing went well.
“Kahapon ang apprehension ko, … kung masyadong malambot siya, baka sabihing intentionally or deliberately nag-hold siya ng punches niya kasi natakot. Kung masyadong gigil naman siya pwede siya i-perceive na gigil na gigil kasi may iringan. Parang napunta siya sa no-win situation but it went well. After the hearing okay naman except na talagang maraming nasayang na oras,” he said.