An ethics complaint against Senator Leila de Lima was formally filed at the Senate on December 12, 2016.
House Justice Committee chairman Rey Umali, stood as respondent in the complaint along with Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas.
The filed complaint for Delima was for her ‘unethical conduct’ when she advised her former aide and partner Ronnie Dayan to snub an investigation of the House of Representatives.
De Lima was on an official trip abroad when the 12-page complaint was lodged by Oriental Mindoro, Rep.Umali before the Senate committee on ethics headed by Senate Majority Leader Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III shortly before 4 p.m.
It was received by Senator Tito Sotto, Senate Majority Leader and chairman of the Ethics Committee as well as Senators Ping Lacson and Gregorio Honasan, both members of the committee.
Sotto will review the complaint and give copies to other committee members before making a recommendation. He will also ask de Lima to reply.
This is the second complaint against de Lima before the Ethics Committee.
The first complaint was filed for an act she committed while she was still Justice Secretary.
The lady senator, it said, violated Article 150 of the Revised Penal Code, which states that ‘Disobedience to summons issued by the National Assembly, its committees or subcommittees, by the Constitutional Commissions, its committees, subcommittees or divisions.’
It is tantamount to restraining or inducing disobedience to a summon issued by Congress, of which she is a sitting member, in violation of Article 150 of the Revised Penal Code,’ the complaint said.
When she advised Dayan to hide and refrain from appearing the House probe, the complaint said
De Lima ‘clearly interfered in a congressional inquiry conducted by the House committee on justice’ when she advised Dayan to hide and refrain from appearing the House probe, the complaint said.
The senator also committed an ‘unparliamentary act’ when she called the committee as a ‘kangaroo court.’