De Lima, Dayan snub DOJ probe

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EMBATTLED Sen. Leila de Lima and her ex-driver and lover, Ronnie Dayan, snubbed the preliminary investigation at the Department of Justice (DOJ) on drug trafficking cases filed against them.

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NO SHOW Senator Leila de Lima talks to reporters after her speech at the ‘Right to Life and The Death Penalty’ forum at UP Diliman in Quezon City on Friday. We must take a stand. No to death penalty. No to death. No more killings. Enough with the lazy shortcuts said Senator Leila De Lima. PHOTO BY RUY L. MARTINEZ

NO SHOW Senator Leila de Lima talks to reporters after her speech at the ‘Right to Life and The Death Penalty’ forum at UP Diliman in Quezon City on Friday. We must take a stand. No to death penalty. No to death. No more killings. Enough with the lazy shortcuts said Senator Leila De Lima. PHOTO BY RUY L. MARTINEZ

De Lima did not send a lawyer before the five-man panel of prosecutors investigating the criminal complaints filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and former NBI deputy directors Ruel Lasala and Reynaldo Esmeralda, but sent a representative to get copies of the complaints and evidence.

The VACC asked the prosecutors to resolve the complaints, but de Lima and other respondents were given another hearing, on December 21, to submit their responses.

De Lima later filed a motion asking Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd and his team of prosecutors to inhibit themselves from hearing the complaints, alleging bias.

“The integrity of the investigation in these cases appears to be seriously tainted and deeply compromised as no less than the President and the DOJ Secretary had prejudged the guilt of respondent Senator de Lima,” she said in her motion.

“In this environment, where the President and the DOJ Secretary have complete control and supervision over the work of their subordinates at the DOJ, it is a foregone conclusion that the conduct and the results of the investigation will not be impartial and objective,” it added.

De Lima earlier claimed the DOJ had no power to conduct the probe against her, and that jurisdiction belonged to the Office of the Ombudsman.

Friday’s hearing was intended for the official receipt of copies of the complaints by respondents. Those who failed to receive their copies would be sent the complaints and other records by mail.

Most of the respondents asked for a 30-day period to file their respective counter-affidavits, but the DOJ panel gave only 19 days.

New Bilibid Prison convicts Peter Co, Herbert Colanggo and Engelberto Durano, through their lawyers, were asked to subscribe to their counter-affidavits at the Intelligence Service Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP), where they are detained.

Former Bureau of Corrections director Rainier Cruz and high-profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian also failed to show up at the hearing.

As a result, the DOJ panel of prosecutors led by by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Peter Ong decided to re-set the probe to December 21.

Other members of the panel are Senior Assistant City Prosecutors Alexander Ramos, Leila Llanes, Evangeline Viudez-Canobas and Assistant State Prosecutor Editha Fernandez.

De Lima and other respondents are accused of violating Section 5 (sale and trading of illegal drugs) in relation to Section 26 (b) (conspiracy) of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

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  1. The integrity of the investigation in these cases appears to be seriously tainted and deeply compromised as no less than the President and the DOJ Secretary had prejudged the guilt of respondent Senator de Lima,” she said in her motion.
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    Correct.

    Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre already let everyone know by constantly talking to the media pronouncing De Lima guilty every week.

    The Justice Secretary should learn to close his big mouth while investigations are on-going or lets pretend a trial actually started. Does Aguirre not understand the law or is he just in love with seeing himself on television ?

  2. It appears that an Intelligent and an Amazon-like Lady Senator … who publicly admitted to have had an ILLICIT AFFAIR with a married man … has NO RESPECT AT ALL to the DOJ and to the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES .
    What is wrong with you Gentlemen ?
    Is her public acceptance of IMMORALITY due to a “woman’s frailty”(as defense) enough proof NOT to dis-BAR and DISMISS her from being a Senator ?

    Paba-bayaan na lang ba ninyong pinagla-laruan lang ng isang Magaling , Matapang at Matalinong Senadora ang mga kakayahan ninyong Mambabatas ?

    From the time that “EQUAL RIGHTS AMONG MEN AND WOMEN” was approved , there is no such thing as “FRAILTIES OF A WOMAN” as defense anymore !!!

    May-ingat kayo mga “Binibining Singgol” na opisyales ng gobyerno … huwag ninyong hayaan na makunan ng video habang dinidiligan ang tigang na lupa .

    na

  3. with all the lives and families destroyed by their incompetence – JUST ISSUE A SHOOT TO KILL ORDER! , she knows she is a cornered rat…..
    and to the media – stop engaging her antics and tactics , focus on how did she cheated the election and who were paid in the Comelc – its a no brainer!

  4. The Judicial and Legislative Branch of the Government is BROKEN, the system is broken.
    Filipino people have to accept reality.
    As the old saying goes “It’s the same old dog with a different collar”.