Sen. Ping Lacson, a member of the Senate ethics committee, believes they have jurisdiction over the complaint set to be filed against Senator Leila de Lima before the Senate Ethics Committee.
Lacson said the allegation involves her act as a senator, when she supposedly asked her former driver and partner Ronnie Dayan not to attend an inquiry of the House of Representatives into the supposed Bilibid drug trade.
The House of Representatives is set to file an ethics complaint against De Lima on Monday afternoon for discouraging Dayan, allegedly her alleged bagman, from testifying at a congressional inquiry.
"Clearly may jurisdiction. Now depende sa ebidensya, depende sa investigation na gagawin ng Ethics Committee kung anong penalty na i-impose," said Lacson.
(Clearly, there is jurisdiction. Now, the penalty to be imposed will depend on the evidence, on the investigation to be done by the Ethics Committee.)
Lacson also seems not too convinced that De Lima only "advised" Dayan.
"Ang sinabi sa Article 140, induce. So, whether advice or coerce, it doesn't matter. Pag in-induce mo, inducement is even less than advice kasi ang pag-induce pwedeng hindi direct. So, let's see," said Lacson.
(What is indicated in Article 140 is induce. So whether advice or coerce, it doesn't matter. If you induce, inducement is even less than advice because inducing need not be direct. So let's see.)
Senator Risa Hontiveros refused to comment on the ethics complaint to be filed by House of Representatives leaders against De Lima.
Hontiveros, a member of the Ethics Committee, said she will wait first for the complaint.
"In general, magkaroon tayo ng maayos na pagdinig at maayos na pagiimbestiga, devoid of sexism and misogyny," said Hontiveros.
(In general, we will have an orderly hearing and a proper investigation, devoid of sexism and misogyny.)