SIXTEEN senators on Monday voted to declare the chairmanship and membership of the Senate committee on justice and human rights vacant. The committee is chaired by Senator Leila de Lima, who initiated the Senate probe on the alleged extrajudicial killings in the country under the Duterte administration.
Only four senators voted against a motion to declare all positions of the committee vacant. Two abstained. The members of the minority bloc headed by Senator Ralph Recto did not participate in the voting. Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III immediately elected “reluctant” Senator Richard Gordon to replace De Lima as chair of the committee.
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