official of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines yesterday said the admission of Sen. Leila De Lima that she had an affair with her former driver boosts the disbarment case filed against her.
IBP Director Ramon Esguerra said De Lima’s affair with Ronnie Dayan, who has gone into hiding since his name was implicated in the proliferation of illegal drugs at the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City, was among the issues raised by the petitioners in the disbarment case against her.
“Mayroong bagay iyun kasi ang isinumpa nung complainant doon sa Korte Suprema tungkol doon sa relationship na sinasabi nilang immoral o illicit with the former security aide and driver. Iyung pag-amin ay makakatulong sa kaso ng complainants,” Esguerra said, adding that the SC had in the past disbarred a lawyer over immorality.
“Ang morality kasi o immoral character ng isang abogado o abogada ay kabuuan ng buhay mo, hindi lang iyung professional life mo,” he added.
Aguirre said the SC is the final arbiter in such cases though he explained it could direct the IBP to investigate complaints and make recommendation to the Court.
“Anuman ang kalabasan ng imbestigasyon at anuman ang maging resolusyon namin dito, ito ay recommendatory nature lang,’ he said.
Earlier, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II also said De Lima’s admission could strengthen the disbarment case against her filed by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption, jueteng whistleblower Sandra Cam and former National Bureau of Investigation deputy directors Reynaldo Esmeralda and Ruel Lasala for gross immorality stemming from her relationship with Dayan.