A member of the House Committee on Justice yesterday scored Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II for putting Congress in a bad light when he claimed he had an authenticated copy of the alleged sex video of Sen. Leila de Lima and her driver-bodyguard Ronnie Dayan.
Siquijor Rep. Ramon “Rav” Rocamora said Aguirre’s eagerness to play the alleged sex video in the House has compromised the integrity of the lower chamber following strong public opposition led by lady lawmakers to the showing of the videos by the justice committee when it resumes its hearing today.
“I think it is very irresponsible for Secretary Aguirre to have subjected the House of Representatives to this kind of media circus based on non-existent evidence. By his statement he dangled this piece of video to lure us into believing in its existence. As a consequence, the entire Lower House, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and the justice committee’s reputation is put in question,” said Rocamora, who opposed the showing of the alleged De Lima sex video as it would erode public respect for Congress.
“While many of our colleagues in the Lower House have already expressed their opposition to allowing this alleged sex video to be shown in order to save the institution’s reputation, the damage has already been done. Now the Lower House has become the butt of people’s jokes. The Secretary should be lucky that Congress doesn’t hold him in contempt,” Rocamora, a former public prosecutor who has served for more than two decades, added.
He said the DoJ can already file the appropriate criminal charges
against De Lima without waiting for the investigation to conclude.
The Siquijor lawmaker cited Alvarez’s view that the committee hearing should be to aid legislation and not recommend whether or not to file a case in court.
Hence, the DoJ could not expect a favorable recommendation from the committee, he said.
“The DoJ doesn’t have to wait for us to end this investigation before they can file the appropriate criminal charges. If they say that they have more than enough evidence to implicate Sen. De Lima in the drug trade in Bilibid, they should file charges in court already,” said Rocamora.
“Our main task is to get to the bottom of this proliferation of drugs in Bilibid and legislate solutions to improve and strengthen our penal institutions,” he stressed.