Ethics complaint against me an attempt to ‘save face’ — De Lima

MANILA, Dec. 13 (PNA) — Senator Leila de Lima on Tuesday slammed the move of House leaders to file an ethics complaint against her noting that it was an effort to save face.

“The House leaders’ move to file complaints against me at the Senate Ethics Committee and at the Department of Justice is nothing but an attempt to save face after the House inquiry on the Bilibid drug trade was exposed to be all of a farce,” De Lima said in a statement sent to media.

De Lima, former Justice Secretary and Commission on Human Rights Chair, stood by her advice to former security aide and alleged drug money bagman Ronnie Dayan to avoid attending the congressional probe into the proliferation of the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) maintaining her innocence.

She also said that her honor as a public official remained intact despite efforts to attack her.

“As I have repeatedly said, the first casualty of the administration’s “war on drugs” is the truth. And it seems those in power are determined to do everything they could to accomplish their personal and political agendas,” she said.

House leaders on Monday filed another ethics complaint against De Lima for barring Dayan from appearing before the congressional probe into illegal drugs at the NBP.

The complaint, which is considered to be the third, was personally brought by Rep. Reynaldo Umali to the office of Senate Majority Leader and Chair of the Senate Ethics Committee, Vicente “Tito” Sotto III.

It was drafted by Umali, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

“Premises considered, for violating (Article 150 of the Revised Penal Code); the Rules of the Congress, of which she is a sitting member, her Oath of Office as a Senator of the Republic; and her disrespect for a co-equal chamber which she called a kangaroo court, the corresponding disciplinary measures must be imposed to penalize Senator De Lima for her unethical acts, conduct and behavior,” the complaints read.

Umali further described De Lima’s advising and inducing Dayan to hide as “tantamount to inducing disobedience to a summon issued by the Congress.” (PNA)

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