By: Roy Bersales
SENATE President Aquilino Pimentel III, together with three other Liberal Party (LP) senators, virtually saved embattled Senator Leila de Lima from the crime she has allegedly done against the House of Representatives.
Pimentel, also president of the PDP-Laban and only member off the Senate who belong to PDP-Laban, told the media that the House has no right to dictate on the Senate on what it should do with De Lima.
Pimentel’s statement was a reaction against the decision of the House Committee on Justice, headed by Rep. Reynaldo Umali, where it issued a show cause on De Lima, directing the neophyte senator to explain why she should not be held in contempt after she gave a piece of advice to Ronnie Dayan to ignore the investigation of the House Committee on Justice about the links of De Lima and Dayan on drug links in the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) and drug lord Rolan “Kerwin” Espinosa.
Dayan has been accused as bagman of De Lima.
Dayan admitted that he was indeed De Lima’s bagman.
In fact, the Dayan said that he got millions from Espinosa for De Lima.
But Dayan vehemently denied that he received millions of cash from the drug lords from the NBP.
Rep. Rodolfo Farinas stressed that what De Lima has done was an obstruction of justice.
Pimentel was banking on the principle of equality of the two chambers of the Congress.
Pimentel’s stand was also the position of LP Senators Franklin Drilon, Benigno Aquino IV, and Francis Pangilinan.
The three senators said the House Justice Committee must respect the principle of equality and inter-chamber courtesy since the two chambers are co-equal to each other.
They argued that the House should have filed its case to the Senate as an institution, but not directly to the senator.
De Lima is a member of LP.
De Lima even stressed in a text messages sent to the Dayan’s daughter Hannah Mae that the House probe would only feast on them.
To further convince Dayan not to attend the investigation at the House of Representatives, De Lima averred that the probe was an idea of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez based on the prodding of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Dayan, who received the subpoena of the House on October 1, did not attend the hearing.
He instead went into hiding, which forced the House to issue a warrant of arrest to compel Dayan to attend the hearing.
Dayan was arrested by combined elements of various police units Tuesday in La Union.
It is the rule of the Congress to issue an arrest order on whoever snubs its probe on any issue.