SPEAKER Pantaleon Alvarez yesterday filed a criminal complaint against Senator Leila de Lima before the Department of Justice for advising her former driver and boyfriend Ronnie Dayan to snub the investigation into the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP).
Last Monday, an ethics complaint was also filed by Alvarez before the Senate against De Lima.
Alvarez together with Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, and House Committee on Justice Chairman and Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali accused De Lima of violating Article 150 of the Revised Penal Code which provides that “disobedience to summons issued by the National Assembly, its committees or sub-committees, by the Constitutional Commissions, its committees, sub-committees or divisions is punishable by arresto mayor (up to six months imprisonment) or a fine ranging from two hundred to one thousand pesos or both.”
“As an incumbent senator, former Secretary of justice and a lawyer, advising and inducing Mr. Dayan to hide and not to attend and or appear in the House inquiry for which he was duly summoned is tantamount to inducing disobedience to summons issued by Congress, of which she is a sitting member,” the complaint said.
The complaint was personally received by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.
During his appearance before the House justice committee, Dayan disclosed that De Lima advised him to snub the invitation of the panel to attend its investigation on the narcotics trade at the national penitentiary.
During the hearing, Dayan’s daughter Hannah Mae showed to lawmakers a text message purportedly from De Lima advising her father to hide and not to appear in the inquiry.
De Lima and Dayan had both admitted that they used to be in a relationship.
The complaint also cited De Lima’s repeated refusal to attend the House inquiry into the drug trade inside the national penitentiary on September 20 and 21 and October 5 and 6.
“Respondent opted to ignore all invitations and failed to attend any of the hearings conducted by the Committee. Worse, respondent even insulted the House of Representative by calling its Committee a kangaroo court/committee and its proceedings a sham,” the House leaders’ complaint said.