Chair of the House committee Reynaldo Umali to De Lima: Show up or Shut up
Chairman of the House committee Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali who is investigating Sen. Leila de Lima's alleged involvement to drug lords at New Bilibid Prison (NBP) has challenged the former justice secretary to attend the next hearing to defend herself.
Umali is a former Liberal Party member said that De Lima should stop talking and just accept the invitation to testify.
De Lima said many times that she will not appear at the House inquiry.
“If she really wants to clear her name and help [the] government stop the proliferation of illegal drugs not just in New Bilibid Prison but also in the entire country, then she may wish to appear in our next hearing instead of casting aspersions on the integrity of our probe through [the] media,” Umali said.
“May I ask: Does she expect angels to squeal?” he said.
“Sen. Leila de Lima seems to talk out of turn when she complains that convicted criminals have testified against her in the ongoing hearing of the House committee on justice investigating the illegal drug trade in NBP,” he added.
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“We summoned witnesses who have firsthand knowledge of the illegal activities in prison. Who else can they be but convicted criminals themselves?” Umali said.
Source: Philippines daily Inquirer
Chair of the House committee Reynaldo Umali to De Lima: Show up or Shut up Reviewed by Newsinfo Learn on September 25, 2016 Rating: