Senators from the Liberal Party have expressed their support for Senator Leila de Lima and are against some members of the House of Representatives who are calling for her to resign.
De Lima is being probed in a House Inquiry for allegedly accepting drug money for her senatorial campaign this year.
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Senators Kiko Pangilinan, Frank Drilon and Bam Aquino have expressed their idsappointment at the Congress members who behaved inappropriately during the questioning of De Lima's former lover Ronnie Dayan, who admitted to being her bagman who delivered drug money to her then.
“As pointed out by people who saw the hearing, the conduct of some members of the House Committee on Justice was unparliamentary. The disrespectful and condescending line of questioning– which at one point seemed to justify an act of domestic violence– has no place in the halls of Congress,” said the LP senators.
The House members were laughing while Dayan was testifying.
The LP senators brushed off calls from the lower chamber to make De Lima resign, saying it wou breach interparliamentary courtesy.
“One House of Congress cannot proceed against a member of another house without violating the principles of co-equality and inter-chamber courtesy. The correct procedure is to bring the matter officially before the entire Senate and not directly to one Senator,” they said.
“As aptly noted by our Senate President, ‘If they want to respect it [inter-parliamentary courtesy], well and good. If not, ‘wag sila magtampo if it’s the other way around,".
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