The House committee on justice gives De Lima 72 hours to answer

The House committee on justice gives De Lima 72 hours to answer

The House committee on justice on Tuesday, November 29, served a show-cause order on Senator Leila de Lima for allegedly advising a witness to skip congressional inquiry and hide.

The House committee on justice on Tuesday, November 29, served a show-cause order on Senator Leila de Lima for allegedly advising a witness to  skip congressional inquiry and hide.

House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas and Oriental Mindoro Representative Reynaldo Umali, who chairs the justice committee conducting the probe into the drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison when De Lima was justice secretary, served the order through Senate secretary Lutgardo Barbo before noontime on Tuesday

“After due deliberation, the Committee resolved to issue a Show-Cause Order directed against you for unduly interfering with an on-going investigation, in aid of legislation, conducted by the Committee,”

“In this regard, you are hereby ordered to explain, within seventy-two (72) hours from receipt of this Order, why you should not be held in contempt for exerting undue influence to Mr Ronnie Palisoc Dayan,”

the commitee uses the text message  presented at the House hearing last November 24 by the daugther of Ronnie Dayan as Proof

The text messages supposedly proved that De Lima directed Dayan, who had been subpoenaed by the House panel, “to defy a valid coercive process issued by the Committee, thereby causing undue interference in the conduits of its proceedings during the hearings where his attendance was required.”

“Should you fail or refuse to comply with this Order, the Committee will be constrained to take appropriate actions which may include the possibility of citing you in contempt under Section 11 of the Rules of Procedure Governing Inquiries in Aid of Legislation of the House of Representatives,” the order said.

Fariñas said if De Lima fails to give a satisfactory response, they would file an ethics complaint against her before the Senate and a case before the Supreme Court for alleged violation of the lawyers’ canon.

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