Pimentel on De Lima arrest: Senate won’t stop it, but cops must follow procedure

  • Senate President said the senate won’t stop cops from arresting colleague
  • However, he said they should observe procedure in arresting her or else face charges themselves
  • He is also confident De Lima will not give arresting officers a hard time

MANILA, Philippines – Indicating they will not prevent the arrest of their colleague Sen. Leila de Lima, Senate President Koko Pimentel nonetheless urged police to observe procedure if they want to serve the neophyte lawmaker the warrant of arrest.

Otherwise, they will also be held criminally for disrupting a legislative session.

“Common sense dapat ang gamitin ng ating mga law enforcer. Number one, kung nasa session kami, huwag kaming istorbohin kasi sila mismo ay gumagawa ng krimen, sila mismo ang makakasuhan niyan — disturbing a legislative session,” ABS-CBN quoted him as saying. “They should respect our session, respect our premises.”

[Our law enforcers should use common sense. First, if we are in session, they shouldn’t disturb us; otherwise, they would be committing a crime and may face charges themselves — disturbing a legislative session.]

To avoid a scene, Pimentel advised the police to coordinate with the Senate security personnel. He also said he is confident that De Lima would not give the arresting officers a hard time.

“Iyung senador naman na subject ng warrant of arrest, responsible naman pong public official iyan. I’m sure matapos niyang pag-aralan iyan, kung makita niya na on its face ay valid, I’m sure hindi na niya pahihirapan iyung mga law enforcer,” he said.

[The senator is a responsible public official. I’m sure that after studying the warrant, if she sees that it is valid, she won’t create difficulties for the law enforcers.]

De Lima is facing three drug-related charges filed by the Department of Justice.