Senate invites Dayan to attend next probe

THE Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs has already sent an invitation to Ronnie Dayan, a former security aide and lover of Senator Leila de Lima, so he can shed light on the alleged illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City.

"Ronnie Dayan will be invited so he can shed light on the allegations being hurled against him by [Easter Visayas drug trader] Kerwin [Espinosa]," panel chair Senator Panfilo Lacson said.

Lacson criticized the House of Representative for focusing on the personal life of de Lima during last week's congressional inquiry.

"I don't think it is proper that a member of the Senate will be obliged to submit herself to a co-equal body like the House of Representatives. We have our own ethics committee to handle this matter," Lacson said.

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III shrugged off the possible contempt charges against de Lima, saying they cannot oblige the Senate to act against de Lima.

Show cause order

De Lima said she would react on the show cause order of the House of Representatives at the time that she receives the order.

She, however, said that the House is "imputing disrespect" on her part.

"Ibalik ko po sa kanila yan. Di ba sila ang nagdi-disrespect sa akin all this time. So what do they expect me to do? Obstruction of justice, meron ba akong nakikitang hustisya diyan sa mga proceedings nila? We better just call it obstruction of prosecution because that’s what it is," De Lima said.

"That is plain and simple kangaroo court. So I'm just being consistent," she said.

De Lima said that she will refer the matter to her legal team whether it is "show cause, whether it is arrest, whether it is ethics complaint, whether it is a case with the regular courts, or a case with the Supreme Court."

"But certainly, I will not face them. Certainly, I will not honor that show cause order," De Lima said.

On the possible issuance of an arrest order, de Lima left it up to the House.

"Bahala sila kung itutuloy nila," she said.

De Lima said she stands by her statement that what she told Dayan was an advice and not an order. (Sunnex)
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