The House of Representatives may issue an arrest warrant against Senator Leila de Lima after she advised her fomer driver-bodyguard, Ronnie Dayan to hide after the subpoena.
According to House Speaker Alvarez, De Lima had violated the longstanding tradition of inter-parliamentary courtesy – wherein both houses of Congress do not interfere with each other’s affairs – by preventing Dayan from testifying.
“We conducted the hearing on the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison. We invited her. She declined so [taking into consideration the] parliamentary courtesy, okay lang ‘yun (that’s okay). Meron kaming sinubpoena na (We issued a subpoena against a) witness because his name was always mentioned in the hearing, si Dayan. And then, she advised Dayan not to attend and to hide. Is that parliamentary courtesy?” Alvarez told ANC’s Headstart.
“Who violated parliamentary courtesy? Ito, may offense doon sa institution. Kami naman, nire-respeto namin yung Senado. Walang problema doon, pero wag naman na yung mismong legitimate proceedings ng House ay pinapaki-alaman ng isang miyembro. It is an individual offense committed by Senator De Lima, not by the Senate.” Alvarez said further.
Meanwhile, Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon and fellow LP senators Francis Pangilinan, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, and Risa Hontiveros have denounced the lawmakers in the House on issuance of a show-cause order against Sen. De Lima. Contrarily, the embatled senator called the House inquiry a “spectacle” full of lies.
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