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Solons divided on village execs’ appointment

Lawmakers belonging to opposing minority groups in the House of Representatives aired contrasting opinions on the legal issues surrounding President Duterte’s bid to appoint barangay officials.

Any attempt to insert additional criminal acts to the four heinous crimes already listed in the death penalty menu will be blocked when the House of Representatives votes on the measure possibly on Tuesday.

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Unperturbed by the Senate inaction on the show cause order it issued to Sen. Leila M. de Lima, the House of Representatives will proceed to planned steps to extract accountability from the senator for allegedly trying to sabotage a House inquiry into the alleged New Bilibid Prisons illegal drug trafficking operations in which she was implicated.

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Congressmen, including a senior official of the House of Representatives, have called on leaders of the Senate and the House to meet and settle their differences over the latter’s bid to hold Sen. Leila M. de Lima accountable for allegedly trying to sabotage the House Committee on Justice inquiry into the alleged New Bilibid Prisons illegal drugs trade.

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Sen. Leila M. de Lima’s text messages advising Ronnie Dayan, her confessed lover and former driver, to hide and not to appear before the House Committee on Justice has put her in further trouble with criminal and administrative charges that could remove her from the Senate, congressmen said yesterday.

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House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has turned down the grant of emergency powers to the Department of Transportation as he chided officials of serving interests of former employers.

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