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Senate-House meeting over De Lima urged

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.

The Senate said yesterday that the House of Representatives cannot dictate them on what to do with Sen. Leila M. de Lima, who faces arrest if she decides to ignore the show cause order issued by congressmen directing her to explain why she should not be held in contempt for advising former lover and aide Ronnie Dayan to stay away from the legislative inquiry on the alleged New Bilibid Prisons drug trade.

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The House Committee on Justice, not House Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez, has the final say on whether or not the alleged sex video of Sen. Leila M. de Lima will be accepted as evidence and played in next week’s resumption of hearings on the alleged drug trafficking operations run by convicts at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City.

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The burial of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City should be decided by the Filipino people through their representatives in the Senate and House and Representatives, former President Fidel V. Ramos said yesterday.

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