Umali dares public: File raps vs misbehaving solons


Posted at Dec 14 2016 01:29 PM

MANILA- The public may file ethics complaints against 'misbehaving' lawmakers, the Justice Committee Chair said Wednesday.

Committee Chair Reynaldo Umali made the dare amid criticisms of how lawmakers pried into the love affair of Senator Leila de Lima with her former driver and bodyguard Ronnie Dayan, during a congressional probe on the proliferation of drugs during de Lima's watch as justice secretary.

"The thing is somebody has to come forward—like a private citizen, you want to file an ethics complaint against these people," he said in an interview with ANC's Headstart.

"Come forward, those who wish to get somebody admonished for [those questions], and I guess Congress will entertain that," he added.

He noted, this is what was proper and was what the House leadership did in dealing with De Lima, who belongs to the Upper Chamber, when their hearing revealed that she had advised Dayan against attending the probe.

"Like any other complaint that you might wish to pursue against anybody, you have to file a complaint before the Department of Justice. If this is civil, you have to file it in court and so on and so forth," he said.

"Do your job, that’s what I’m saying, then we will act accordingly in Congress," he added.

Umali however insisted that the questions thrown by the solons were part of the testimony Dayan had revealed at the House.

"The point is while they say that this is offensive and the like, these are all germane to the purpose of the hearing because even the affidavit itself issued by Dayan contained all of these things," he said.