Pimentel to cops: Use 'common sense' in looming De Lima arrest


Posted at Feb 19 2017 12:44 PM

Senator Leila de Lima. File Photo

MANILA - Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III on Sunday appealed to law enforcers to practice common sense if they arrest Senator Leila de Lima in connection with her drug case.

"Common sense dapat ang gamitin ng ating mga law enforcer. Number one, kung nasa session kami, huwag kaming istorbohin kasi sila mismo ay gumagawa ng krimen, sila mismo ang makakasuhan niyan -- disturbing a legislative session," Pimentel said in an interview with radio DZMM.

"Irespeto nila ang session namin, irespeto nila ang premises namin."

(Our law enforcers should use common sense. First, if we are in session, they shouldn't disturb us because they would commit a crime otherwise and may face charges themselves -- disturbing a legislative session. They should respect our session, respect our premises.)
Policemen executing the warrant, he added, must coordinate first with Senate security officers.

The DOJ on Friday filed 3 criminal complaints at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court against De Lima for her alleged involvement in the Bilibid narcotics trade when she was still justice secretary.

A judge will decide whether to issue a warrant for her arrest once her case is assigned to a court.

Pimentel said he is confident that De Lima will respect any valid warrant against her.

"Iyung senador naman na subject ng warrant of arrest, responsible naman pong public official iyan. I'm sure matapos niyang pag-aralan iyan, kung makita niya na on its face ay valid, I'm sure hindi na niya pahihirapan iyung mga law enforcer," he said.

(The senator is a responsible public official. I'm sure that after studying the warrant, if she sees that it is valid, she won't create difficulties for the law enforcers.)