Senate ethics panel to probe de Lima

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THE Senate ethics committee will proceed with the investigation of Sen. Leila de Lima after it found the ethics complaint filed by the House of Representatives and the supplemental complaint filed by a lawyer sufficient in form and substance.

The committee, however, dismissed the two other complaints filed by Abelardo de Jesus and Ronillo Pulmano for lack of jurisdiction.
During the committee hearing presided by Senate majority leader Vicente Sotto 3rd on Monday, senators agreed to limit the chamber’s probe on the complaint filed by the House of Representatives against de Lima to violation of Article 150 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC) and the second supplemental complaint of de Jesus which also tackles the same issue.

Rep. Reynaldo Umali, head of the House Committee on Justice, and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Majority Leader Rep. Rodolfo “Rudy” Fariñas filed the ethics complaint against de lima in December in connection with the latter’s repeated refusal to attend the probe on the alleged proliferation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP).

The lawmakers alleged that de Lima violated the law when she advised her former bodyguard and lover Ronnie Dayan to hide and not face the House inquiry.

Sotto said the committee will consolidate the complaints against de Lima.


The committee will give de Lima 15 days to submit her response.

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  1. aladin g. villacorte on

    Well, we all know what happened in the House justice committee hearing: it was, as aptly described by Senator de Lima herself, a “public hanging”. It was truly a “spectacle” – lawmakers falling over themselves to “feast” on her private and personal affairs. If you were in her shoes would you not at least advise your secret paramour to lie low, disappear from the face of the earth, and spare both of you the ignominy of public humiliation.

    I would welcome a million citations for contempt if I could stop the public shaming that awaits me in the halls of Congress. Put yourself in her place. Now the Senate ethics committee is inviting her, nay, ordering her, to a public beheading. If ethics is really a national cause for concern I say the members of Congress should be the first respondents. The good book says those without sins should cast the first stone.

  2. Matino na Pinoy on

    The Senate ethics probe has a political color because the complainants are dickheads coming from The House Committee on Justice. If De Lima showed-up when he was subpoenaed by these morons, she should have been embarrassed at pinagpistahan ng mga ugok na ito. Sotto’s committee should conclude and agree with De Lima that these Congressmen are trying to embarrass her and what their intent was no longer in aid of legislation but to embarrass her publicly. Ang mga GAGO na ito katulad ni Umali, Alvarez, at Farinas are male chauvinists, and they are disgraced to male educated population of the world. Nakakahiya talaga!