Pimentel slams Congress for telling Senate to unseat De Lima: “no findings and filed case yet”

Pimentel slams Congress for telling Senate to unseat De Lima: “no findings and filed case yet”

Thursday, Kabayan party-list Rep. Harry Roque calls on Senate to unseat Senator Leila de Lima for telling Ronnie Dayan not to attend the hearing on the proliferation of illegal drugs at the New Bilbid Prison when the senator was still justice secretary.


Thursday, Kabayan party-list Rep. Harry Roque calls on Senate to unseat Senator Leila de Lima for telling Ronnie Dayan not to attend the hearing on the proliferation of illegal drugs at the New Bilbid Prison when the senator was still justice secretary.

The call was rejected by Senate President Aqulino “Koko” Pimentel III, he stressed that Congress should not tell the Senate what do because they have their own rules.

“We have our own rules also in the Senate. Rule of law tayo,” Pimentel said during a press briefing in the Senate.

“But you know for a member of the House to tell the Senate to do something, ibalik ko siguro sa kanila, ibalik ko sa House, ‘do your thing first, before you ask us to do something,’” he said.

During the interview on Ronnie Dayan in the House of Representative, he presented a Viber message allegedly from de Lima to his daughter.

The message contains instructions not to attend the hearing in HOR.

Pimentel said the House should first conduct a “mini trial” and come up with a final determination on Dayan’s claim.

“Let’s not be too excited. Let the House do what they have to do, observe due process, proper procedure and then give the Senate the official result of their findings,” he said.

“We’re still in this situation, then how come there’s a member of Congress telling the Senate what to do when the House has not even heard the incident, has not even charged her with anything, has not even come up with a final finding or order?” Pimentel said.

“Very premature kaya let’s not be too excited about this,” he added.

“There are 24 senators, we have our own lives, we have our own actions. Some probably beat a red light or cross the no pedestrian crossing zones, kasalanan ba ng Senado ’yan?” he added.

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