Watch: Sen Leila de Lima Apologizes for Walk Out During the Senate Hearing (Video)
Senator Leila de Lima apologized this Tuesday, October 4, after she walked out Monday night during the the Senate hearing on extrajudicial killings in the country. However, the neophyte senator reiterated that she is still waiting for Senator Richard Gordon to apologize to her for accusing her for ‘material concealment’. Watch video below.
“Pasensiya na po kayo do’n sa outburst ko, sa pag-walk out ko. Hangga’t maaari ‘di talaga dapat ‘yan ginagawa pero humihingi ako ng paumanhin…Humihingi ako ng pag-unawa na wala na po akong ibang choice kagabi. It’s too much already. Ano po punto ko pa doon? Para lalo na nga ako i-crucify? Lalo akong ganunin?” Sen. De Lima told reporters.
“I still have my self-esteem, notwithstanding the cruel things being done to me by the members of the House, some members of the Senate, cohorts nila sa labas….Kaya I have to continue standing because I don’t want to give them the pleasure of seeing me beaten dahil alam ko tama ‘pinaglalaban ko.” She added, noting that her sorry is for the public.
As the nation have watched the fifth Senate hearing on the issue, Sen. Gordon said that Sen. De Lima committed ‘material misrepresentation’ for not disclosing that her witness Edgar Matobato has a pending case at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for the supposed kidnapping of Salim Makdum, whom Matabato claimed as a suspected terrorist.
“I could not have concealed it because it was disclosed already, It was disclosed by the witness so what is there to conceal. The record is very clear.” An angry Sen. De Lima told Sen. Gordon, who earlier demanded an apology from him, with Senator Antonio Trillanes IV obviously supporting the lady senator. However, Sen. Gordon refused to apologized to her.
“And since no apology is forthcoming, I’m walking out.” Sen. De Lima said, and walked-out from the Senate session hall, and later talked to reporters. But some minutes earlier, Sen. Gordon was already disappointed when he learned that Matobato has already left without his permission. Sen. Trillanes admitted allowing him to leave, and cited security reasons.