Gordon hits De Lima anew: You can’t control this committee
“You can’t control this committee. I don’t want another distraction. We can’t be forever distracted.”
This was the statement of Sen. Dick Gordon to neophyte senator Leila de Lima after the latter insisted to suspend discussion on the proposed imposition of the death penalty for drug cases. The heated exchange began when De Lima raised two motions—to allow CHR chair Chito Gascon to speak and explain the CHR’s side over a statement of one of its commissioners that criticized Gordon, and to postpone the discussions on the death penalty bill in the same hearing.
“Hindi po appropriate na kung anu-anong issue ang hinahalo niyo,” De Lima said at one point of their intense conversation. Gordon replied: “Anong hinahalo? Ikaw ang naghahalo ng mga issue.”
“I am not going to veer from the purpose of this investigation,” he added.
Gordon said the committee will make a report by Monday, which will be forwarded to the Ombudsman.