Second Ethics Complaint vs Sen De Lima Surfaces, But Likely to be Dismissed

A second ethics complaint vs Senator Leila de Lima has been recently filed at the Senate, after the first one was not resolved due to conflict of jurisdiction. This latest case filed against Sen. De Lima comes as a House hearing on justice is on-going, where witnesses claim that she was involved in illegal drugs trade inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

“I haven’t seen it. The committee just informed me that somebody came over last night with a new complaint,” Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto told reporters this Wednesday, September 21. Incidentally, Sen “Tito” Sotto is also the Chairman of the Ethics Committee that tackled the first ethics complaint against Sen. De Lima last week.

That case was filed by a lawyer Abelardo de Jesus, who based his complaint on the President Duterte’s allegations that Sen. De Lima was involved in drug trade inside the Bilibid when she was still the DOJ (Department of Justice) Secretary. However, the committee members had an disagreement on the jurisdiction aspect of the case.

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Meanwhile, Sen. Sotto said he still do not know as who filed the second ethics complaint vs De Lima that he received last night, noting that he will still wait that all committee members have read their copies before they discussed it on the Senate panel. He emphasized that the jurisdiction issue of the first complaint will still be discussed.

But this early, ethics committee member Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson said that he is likely to suggest that the second ethics complaint be dismissed. According to the former PNP chief, he has read his copy and learned that the said complaint is based on the event that happened in 2015, when De Lima was still the DOJ secretary, just like the first one.

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Apparently, Sen. Lacson’s statement came shortlty after he and Sen.Sotto said the evidence and testimonies during the House inquiry against Sen. de Lima are “strong.” Lacon even concluded that a warrant for her arrest might be issued to her. As a response, Sen. De Lima questioned Lacson, and dubbed his statements as “doublespeak.”