House leader calls for wealth probe of government people especially judiciary members
THE chairman of the House Committee on Justice yesterday proposed the institutionalization of lifestyle check in government including on judges and others in the criminal justice system to stop the decades of corruption in the country, but leaving it to Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez to expand his proposal to cover all lawmakers.
Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali, the panel chairman, said he would ask Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to conduct lifestyle check among court officers and personnel, especially judges.
“Pakikiusapan ko si Chief Justice na mag-conduct na rin tayo ng lifestyle check dito sa ating mga huwes para makita natin talaga kung ginagampanan nila ng mahusay ang kanilang trabaho at kung matitino lahat,” Umali said when asked about the involvement of government officials in the illegal drugs trade.
“Let us institutionalize [the lifestyle check] sa lahat ng sektor at sa lahat ng mga ahensiya ng gobyerno na kasali dito sa tinatawag nating criminal justice system,” Umali said.
Umali’s panel will conduct the probe into the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the National Bilibid Prisons (NBP) during the stint of Sen. Leila de Lima as secretary of the Department of Justice (DoJ).
He said the lifestyle check should also include all the guards and personnel manning the NBP, police, fiscals, judges among others.
When asked about the inclusion of his colleagues in his proposal, Umali threw the ball to Alvarez.
“Ah well, sa amin, aaahhh..bahala d’yan….hindi na committee on justice ‘yan ano. Iyan ay ewan ko kung ethics [committee] o kung papaano man. Maaaring gawin ‘yan pero nasa pamunuan na ‘yan,” Umali said.
“We will try to institutionalize a system of lifestyle check in all of these aspects of our justice system. Mahirap ito pero ngayon pinag-uusapan namin na i-organize namin ‘yung sub-committees. Patututukan namin sa sub-committees ang reforms that we will do para mas responsive ang ating mga sangay ng gobyerno na kasali sa criminal justice system,” Umali added.