The complaint stemmed from her advice to her former aide, Ronnie Dayan, to snub the House justice committee’s hearing on the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison.
Senate majority leader Vicente Sotto III said the panel consolidated the complaint of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas and Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali—who chairs the House justice committee that led the investigation—with that of Atty. Abelardo de Jesus.
Sotto said the ethics panel has decided on the form and substance of the complaint because the act was committed when Sen. De Lima became a senator.
They dismissed the other complaints since the acts mentioned happened during her time as justice secretary.
“There was an issue earlier raised by Senator Drilon, on the issue of jurisdiction. It is my personal opinion, that is correct that is why my recommendation is for the dismissal of the original complaint by Atty. De Jesus.
“After she receives the copies of the complaint we will ask her to submit her reply within 15 days. And then, we decide after we listen and hear or read her answers, what to do with the complaints, whether a full blown hearing is necessary or we will accept her explanation or whatever, it depends,” Sotto told reporters after the ethics hearing.
Sotto also said he is standing pat on his decision to hold the ethics hearing and tackle the complaints against De Lima publicly to ensure transparency.
“There was one member who was asking why I’m calling for an open hearing and allowing media to be hear. The last thing I would want is for the people to think that I’m not impartial,” he said.
“Therefore, I want to make sure that everything is above board and open to the media and open to the public,” Sotto said.
“Kung tatanggapin namin ang sagot or kung ‘di kami maliliwanagan sa sagot or kung ‘di kami umaayon sa sagot, ang susunod na step diyan would be a public hearing. We will ask Senator De Lima to be present and we will ask the complainants to explain their complaints,” he added.
Both complaints accuse De Lima of violating Article 150 or Disobedience to Summons of National Assembly of the Revised Penal Code.