AN opposition House leader said yesterday Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre II should now file appropriate charges against Sen. Leila de Lima and others as he urged to end the investigation by the House committee on justice, claiming it has begun losing its focus with the House leadership’s support to view the alleged sex videos of the senator during the hearing’s resumption this week.
House Deputy Minority Leader and Buhay Hayaang Yumabong (Buhay) party-list Rep. Lito Atienza said the House of Representatives should now focus on its legislative agenda and let Aguirre do his job.
After two hearings, Atienza said he was convinced that indeed syndicates behind illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) allegedly proliferated during the stint of de Lima as secretary of the Department of Justice (DoJ).
Atienza asked Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali, who chairs the House committee on justice, to stop the probe that will resume on October 5 and recommend immediate necessary legislation to address the problem at NBP.
“Let us draft the needed legislation now and stop the investigation because clearly after two hearings, syndicates behind illegal drugs proliferated inside the NBP during de Lima’s time at DoJ. We have to give her (de Lima) the chance to answer the charges before the proper venue,” Atienza explained.
“Problema na ng Department of Justice (DoJ) ang pagsasampa ng mga reklamo at sila na ang sumagot sa taumbayan kung sakaling hindi pa rin sila handa hanggang sa ngayon,” Atienza said.
He reiterated his position to block the showing of alleged sex videos of de Lima for being immaterial and unnecessary to the probe, adding he made his position even before the militant Makabayan bloc led by Gabriela party-list group and some women legislators came out in public to oppose the viewing of the purported sex videos.