Priest/law school dean: No clear legislative purpose in House probe, just clear discrediting of De Lima

  • Dean of San Beda Graduate School of Law decried conduct of House probe on drugs
  • He said probe has no clear legislative purpose, only a clear discrediting of De Lima
  • He also said public might get confused over the procedural mess

MANILA, Philippines – The dean of the San Beda Graduate School of Law decried the way the House of Representatives is conducting its inquiry on the proliferation of illegal drugs at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) due to supposed having no legislative purpose.

In his opinion, Fr. Ranhilio Aquino said the inquiry had no clear legislative purpose — only a clear discrediting of Sen. Leila de Lima.

“I do not know what is the real purpose, very unusual, very unprocedural. I did not see a clear legislative purpose, what I saw is clear discrediting De Lima. If you say in aid of legislation, make it clear ano ba talaga ang binabalak niyong ipasang batas [what legislation are you planning to file]?” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying.

Aquino said the inquiry’s vagueness and disorderliness might even end up confusing the public.

“Saan na ang pagkakaiba ng [Where is the difference among] personal knowledge, ng opinion, ng conjecture at [and] hearsay? Pinagsama-sama [They combined all these things] and the worst thing is if the ordinary Filipinos listen, they did not study the evidence,” he said.

Aquino also doubted the House’s impartiality given their eagerness to grant the convicts who testified against De Lima immunity from suit.

“The big question is they were so eagerly granting immunity and yet the testimony that (Edgar) Matobato had in Senate is equally important,” he said.

Senate President Sen. Koko Pimentel earlier refused to grant Matobato protective custody.

De Lima has decried the ongoing probe as a kangaroo court meant to stifle her criticism of President Rodrigo Duterte.