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De Lima Believes Duterte Is Behind Her Ouster

'It was a done deal'
by Andrei Medina | Sep 19, 2016
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Senator Leila de Lima has accused President Rodrigo Duterte of being involved in her ouster as chairman of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights on Monday.

According to De Lima, this was the president's way of getting back at her since she keeps on bringing up the rise in extrajudicial killings in the country, GMA News reported.

"Wala po akong duda na may kinalaman diyan ang ating Pangulo. Imposible po walang kinalaman dito ang ating Pangulo," she said.

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"Pinag-usapan na nila ito, Plinano na nila ito. It was a done deal," she added.

De Lima initially walked out during Senator Alan Peter Cayetano's privilege speech today where the latter criticized last week's Senate hearing on extrajudicial killings.

After the speech, Senator Manny Pacquiao made a motion to declare the Senate's justice and human rights committee as vacant.


This led to a 16-4 ouster of De Lima who was replaced with Senator Richard Gordon, a Duterte ally.

Last week, De Lima brought in self-proclaimed Davao Death Squad member Edgar Matobato into the Senate.

As a witness, Matobato made many claims including killing people under Duterte's orders and accusing Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte of doing drugs.

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