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Nothing personal, Alvarez says of probe

  • Written by Jester P. Manalastas
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WALANG personalan, trabaho lang.

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez yesterday clarified that the House probe into drugs inside the national penitentiary is purely “in aid of legislation” and not intended to pin down Sen. Leila de Lima.

Alvarez denied allegations that the congressional inquiry is to counter De Lima’s committee investigation into the extrajudicial executions allegedly triggered by the anti-drug campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Hindi personal ito. Bakit ba naman natin siya pe-personalin? Eh kung titingnan ninyong mabuti ‘yung aking  resolution ay hindi naman siya binabanggit,” Alvarez said.

While the House Resolution 105, principally authored by Alvarez and other House leaders, did not mention the name of De Lima, it cited the previous administration under which the senator was the justice secretary.
The resolution calls for a congressional inquiry into the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the National Bilibid Prisons (NBP), especially during the previous administration.
According to Alvarez, the House will not compel De Lima to attend the hearing, even as resource speaker, if she is not comfortable or it’s against her will.
“Hindi naman natin siya pipilitin na dumalo. Nasa sa kanya yun, option n’ya yun, dahil meron naman tayong tinatawag na inter-parliamentary courtesy at yun ay ibibigay natin; igagalang po natin yan,” Alvarez said in a press briefing.
But the House leader stressed that the inter-parliamentary courtesy will not stop the House committee on justice from investigating the proliferation of drugs on her watch as justice secretary.
Alvarez said the House probe will not duplicate the investigation being conducted by the Senate, as the House will only focus on the operation of drugs inside the national penitentiary and not on summary killings.