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In his privilege speech, he asked the chamber for a break on the arguments which already drew attention from the international community, amid a rising death toll.
He also asked if the Senate could reach a consensus on the suspension of hearings that he felt would “put the President in a bad light” during his international trip. He was referring to the inquiry into the spate of drug-related killings, a bold move by Senator Leila de Lima.
Duterte is set to attend meetings and summits in Laos, Brunei, and Indonesia from September 4 to 9.
“Maybe we can have a gentleman’s agreement, a gentlewoman’s agreement, when the president is abroad, let’s take care of other issues for the meantime,” the senator said.
“Let us act as one in the Senate n deciding certain important matters like how do we help police in terms of giving them more equipment, giving them better pay, and maybe having (committee) chairs who do not have bias,” Cayetano added.
He admitted that he was affected by how the drug campaign is portrayed in the international media. He even accused De Lima and the Commission on Human Rights of throwing judgment to the President and the police for the extrajudicial killings.
However, De Lima was not around during the Senate session as she was falling ill. ASCS