Supplemental complaint for disbarment vs De Lima filed

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 28 2016 04:01 PM | Updated as of Nov 28 2016 05:52 PM

A supplemental complaint for the disbarment case against Senator Leila de Lima was filed Monday, days after her former bodyguard, Ronnie Dayan, appeared before the House of Representatives.

The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and two former officials of the National Bureau of Investigation filed the supplemental complaint, citing her alleged immorality after entering a relationship with a married man.

They had earlier filed for the senator's disbarment in October.

In a 7-page complaint with motion for immediate suspension, the complainants added into their motion Dayan's admission at the House that they had a relationship.

Dayan, De Lima's former driver and security aide, told the House he had a seven-year relationship with his former employer, who he claims knew he was still married. He also said her child knew of their relationship.

The complainants are confident that their motion against De Lima was bolstered by Dayan's admission. 

They added De Lima should be disbarred after her own admission of the relationship. 

"The admission of Senator De Lima about her illicit and scandalous relationship in public is definitely not a frailty of a woman who is a member of the Bar."

"Her public admission warrants her immediate suspension from the legal profession until this disbarment case is resolved," the supplemental complaint read.

The VACC also accused De Lima of disregarding the rule of law and obstructing justice in urging Dayan, through his daughter, Hannah Mae, to snub the House of Representatives Justice Committe probe. 

"Senator De Lima's act of blatantly urging Dayan to snub the committee hearings, and instead hide in the meantime suggests her disregard of the rule of law. What she initiated was obstruction of justice not to mention that it was a disrespect of a co-equal institution.

"She was making a mockery of our justice system which is ironic considering her previous post as justice secretary," said VACC chairman Dante Jimenez.

The group reiterated their call to De Lima to resign.

They also asked the Senate if De Lima committed obstruction of justice when he advised Dayan to snub the House's subpoena to attend their probe into the proliferation of drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison.

-- with reports from Johnson Manabat, DZMM and Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News