House leaders will file on Monday an ethics complaint against Senator Leila de Lima, following a committee’s probe on her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade. Current top breaking Philippine headlines regarding the nation, world, metro manila, regions and exclusive special investigative reports.
Published December 12, 2016 10:01am
House leaders will file on Monday an ethics complaint against Senator Leila de Lima, following a committee’s probe on her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade.
House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas said the complaint will be filed at 2 p.m. before the Senate committee on ethics chaired by Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III.
Fariñas will be filing the complaint along with House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and House justice committee chairman and Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali.
The House complaint will be third one filed against De Lima.
De Lima earlier said she was willing to submit herself to the ethics committee should it require her to answer the allegations against her.
“I am willing to submit myself to the ethics committee. I have to respond if they require me to respond or file an answer…Kikilalanin ko siyempre ang jurisdiction ng ethics committee,” De Lima earlier said.
The senator flew to the United States on Sunday to receive an award. She is also set to travel to Berlin, Germany to speak at the Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy.
A lookout bulletin for De Lima was earlier issued by the Department of Justice due to the complaint filed against her in connection with the alleged proliferation of illegal drugs at the New Bilibid Prison at the time she was Justice secretary.
De Lima had vowed to return to the country. — Kathrina Charmaine Alvarez/RSJ, GMA News