HOUSE Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said there is nothing wrong, or no law will be violated, if the House panel investigating the drug operations in the national penitentiary will show the alleged sex video of Sen. Leila de Lima.
In an ambush interview shortly after the majority caucus, Alvarez said he will allow the showing of the video, in aid of legislation when the House probe resumes next week.
“Para sa akin wala namang deperensiya na ipanood iyan sa hearing para malaman ng tao kung totoo o hindi,” Alvarez said.
De Lima, who was twice subpoenaed by the Committee on Justice to appear in the legislative hearing, refused to attend in order to clarify her alleged involvement in the operations of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP).
According to Alvarez, showing the alleged sex video is the only way to determine the veracity of the reports that De Lima and her driver Ronnie Dayan are romantically involved.
“Kung talagang kinakailangang ipalabas para makita na yun ang nag-uugnay kung talagang merong personal relationship. E kung ayaw naman ni Sen. De Lima na mag-appear sa House of Representatives, so let the people, let the public judge kung talagang totoo yung video tape na yan o hindi,” Alvarez stressed.
The House Committee on Justice chaired by De Lima’s former ally in Liberal Party (LP) Rep.Reynaldo Umali, will resume in October 5 the inquiry into the proliferation of drugs inside the NBP on the watch of De Lima as then Secretary of Justice.
Alvarez clarified that the House is doing this not to personally attack De Lima but in aid of legislation.
“Ipapalabas natin hindi dahil na gusto nating panoorin. Ini-establish lang natin yung katotohanan kung talagang me relasyon o wala. Kasi sinasabi walang relasyon. Paano mo ipo-prove kung may relasyon o wala. Ito ay isang material ito para magpapatunay kung talagang may relasyon o wala,” he said.
Earlier, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said they have a copy of the video and they will request the committee to show it in public.
Meanwhile, Alvarez dared De Lima to face the House probe in order to deny all the allegations including the claim of some inmates turned witnesses that they collected money to help her senatorial bid.
On the other hand, the House Minority bloc led by Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez, is not in favor of showing the sex video.
Umali, for his part, is having second thoughts about playing the alleged De Lima video during the hearing as he needs to consult first the committee members.
In a separate interview, Umali said the committee must determine first the relevance of the video to the House probe into drugs inside the national penitentiary.
“For as long as it is germane to the purpose of the resolution (for the inquiry), we will see sino ba ito? Is it Jaybee Sebastian and Senator Leila? Or is this inside the Bilibid Prison? We will look into that pero they will have to first tell us what is the relation of this particular video to the resolution subject of this inquiry,” Umali said.
The showing of the sex video would be the subject to a vote among committee members.
In the latest development, Umali said the committee has already sent invitations to De Lima’s bodyguard Ronnie Dayan; Sebastian; De Lima’s security aide Joenel Sanchez; former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director Franklin Bucayo; and Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission Executive Director Reginald Villasanta to attend the next hearing.