Roque urges De Lima to resign, calls Senate to unseat her if she won't

Kabayan party-list Rep. Harry Roque urged the Senate to oust Senator Leila De Lima if she refuses to resign for allegedly ordering Ronnie Dayan from testifying in the House of Representatives inquiry.

The lawmakers slammed De Lima after hearing out at the House probe the text message of De Lima to the daughter of Dayan, Hannah Mae.

“If this lady senator will not voluntarily resign from her post after this revelation, I hope our colleagues in the Senate will protect the integrity of Congress of the Philippines,” Roque said.

Roque said De Lima failure to appear in the probe is a "concealing the truth.”

“Aside from condonations from the lady senator that she accused the committee of being a kangaroo court, only to find out today that she herself persuaded this witness not to appear and heed earlier invitations and summons,” Roque said.

“I appealed to our colleagues in the Senate that although we have the power to cite her in contempt, we probably will not because of her interparliamentary courtesy. I hope our colleagues will realize the seriousness we have today, that a sitting senator prevented the appearance of a key witness in a legislative investigation as part of concealing the truth,” he added.

The investigation has been started after President Duterte revealed the affair of De Lima and Dayan and linked them in the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison.

Meanwhile, Kerwin Espinosa claimed he gave P8 million to De Lima last 2015 for her senatorial campaign.

Source: Inquirer, ABS-CBN

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