By: Roy Bersales
THE show cause order of House of Representatives against Senator Leila de Lima was approved by the leadership of the Senate.
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said the order will be served anytime today at the Senate.
The show cause order was signed by Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali being the chairman of the House Committee on Justice that conducts probe on De Lima’s supposed involvement in the drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) at the time she was the head of the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the previous administration and her links to drug lord Rolan Kerwin Espinosa.
The order has the consent of Alvarez.
Umali told the media that the purpose of the order was to allow De Lima to explain why she should not be held in contempt after she told Ronnie Dayan, through text messages, not to attend the investigation of the House Justice Committee.
Dayan admitted that she stood as bagman of De Lima aside from driver, and bodyguard.
Dayan also said that he and De Lima had a special affair for seven years.
In the same advice, De Lima pointed out to Dayan that he and she would only be humiliated in the probe that was ordered by Alvarez upon the instructions of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Dayan did not attend the probe.
He instead went into hiding until he was captured in a safe house in La Union few days ago.
Because of De Lima’s advice, Rep. Rodolfo Farinas accused the neophyte senator of obstruction of justice.
The show cause order against De Lima was initially criticized by Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III because it would be a disrespect to the Senate, which is an equal legislative body of the House of Representatives.
Pimentel said the House should lodge the order on the Senate not directly to De Lima.
This prompted the House top brass to express their willingness to order the arrest of De Lima if she would ignore the show cause order.
To prevent the arrest, the Senate leadership composed of Pimentel, Senators Vicente Sotto III, Panfilo Lacson, and Gregorio Honasan agreed with the House top brass composed of Pantaleon, Farinas, and Umali to proceed with the show cause order against De Lima on the condition that it will be filed to the Senate, the House leaders will not order the arrest of De Lima in case the latter rejects the order, and in case De Lima stands pat on her decision to ignore the House order then the House will file a complaint against De Lima before the Senate Ethics Committee chaired by Sotto.
As this happen, De Lima already insisted to the media that she will not vow down to the House.
The embattled senator even accused House Justice Committee as a “kangaroo court.”