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Lower House issues show cause order vs De Lima

Sen. Leila de Lima speaks during a forum on women dignity and human rights at Miriam College in Quezon City on Oct. 14. INQUIRER Sen. Leila de Lima speaks during a forum on women dignity and human rights at Miriam College in Quezon City on Oct. 14. INQUIRER
Rufina Vignone | 02 Dicembre, 2016, 13:01

"We want to avoid that (arrest) because of inter-chamber courtesy".

Meanwhile, Umali noted that if De Lima responds to the show cause order, the House will next go through the process of determining whether the explanation is "sufficient".

De Lima said it was important for her to prove that she was never involved in the illegal drug trade as Justice secretary.

Even Dayan's disclosure that De Lima had advised him to stay away from the congressional hearing was seized upon as proof incontrovertible that the former justice secretary had obstructed justice.

At least that's how it appeared to those who watched the live broadcast of the congressional hearing which drew laughter and some measure of entertainment to those who consider it as yet another cheap attempt by allies of the Duterte administration to further debase and destroy De Lima, one of the very few who is speaking out against the extrajudicial killings of drug suspects.

"Should you fail or refuse to comply with this Order, the Committee will be constrained to take appropriate actions which may include the possibility of citing you in contempt under Section 11 of the Rules of Procedure Governing Inquiries in Aid of Legislation of the House of Representatives", the order said.

She said she just needed to weather the storm and wait for the time when the atmosphere was right for telling the truth, and that she face all the charges against him. "That's not my attitude", De Lima said.

The criminal offense would be filed before a regional trial court.

He said De Lima might have been merely "advising" Dayan when she sent the text message to his daughter, but that was "already inducement". It was personally handed by House majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas and Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali, chair of the justice committee, to Senate Secretary Lutgardo Barbo, before lunch.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has supported a move of the House of Representatives to issue a show-cause order against Sen.

The DOJ chief added that the issue must zero in on the alleged irregularities committed by de Lima. "Only we know it", De Lima said. "Congressmen are not allowed to discipline a senator", said Barbo.

Fariñas, who is also a member of the House Justice Committee, previously said that aside from administrative and criminal complaints, a disbarment case could also be filed before the Supreme Court as well as an ethics complaint in the Senate Ethics Committee for her disorderly behavior.

"So all's well that ends well".

"It's only the Senate that can administratively deal with its own members, kung may connotations ng administrative sanctions and criminal liability, so bahala na silang mag-decide (if there are connotations of administrative sanctions and criminal liability, so it's up to them to decide)", he said.

But Drilon backed De Lima's decision not to honor the show-cause order, citing its implications. "Malalaman iyan (if De Lima will be ordered arrested) in 72 hours". "This is an issue of the whole Senate as an institution", Drilon said.

"They'll have to explain it to me, kung kanino naka-address yung show cause order, yun ang dapat sumagot".

He said based on his discussion with Pimentel, the show-cause order would instead be referred to the committee on rules.

"It is a novel issue, that's why the action of the Senate becomes a precedent", Drilon said. Joel Villanueva and the complaint against De Lima.

He said the panel will also tackle the ethics complaint of the House if it is filed before Tuesday.

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