MANILA - (UPDATE) Senator Leila de Lima may be arrested should she snub the show cause order that will be issued by the House of Representatives on Thursday.
The House Committee on Justice decided to do away with interparliamentary courtesy and carry the motion to issue a show cause order aganst De Lima after her former lover and alleged bagman Ronnie Dayan told lawmakers that the lady senator asked him to snub the Committee's subpoena.
"Siguro masasaktan din ang Senado pag sinabi namin na merong witness na pipigilan namin (pumunta) sa kanila," House Justice Committee chair Reynaldo Umali said. (Perhaps the Senate will also be offended if we ask one of their witnesses to snub their subpoena and not to attend their hearings.)
Umali said De Lima will suffer the same fate as her former driver-lover should the lady senator ignore the show cause order issued by the House.
"We can do the same like what happened to Ronnie Dayan... Magpapa-issue kami ng warrant of arrest," Umali said. (We can do the same like what happened to Ronnie Dayan... We will issue an arrest warrant against her.) "Dahil bago ito, untested ito.
I hope our counterpart, the Senate, will find it in their heart na dapat talagang respeto ang manaig sa bawat chamber," he added. (This is new and untested. I hope our counterpart, the Senate, will find it in their heart to respect the power of each chamber.)
It will be up to the Senate and House leadership if they would move to impose further sanctions against the lady senator who disrespected her counterparts at the House of Representatives, Umali said.
Meanwhile, Senators Bam Aquino, Frank Drilon and Francis Pangilinan questioned the show cause order issued by the Committee, saying it violates the principles of co-equality and inter-chamber courtesy.
"One House of Congress cannot proceed against a member of another house without violating the principles of co-equality and inter-chamber courtesy.
The correct procedure is to bring the matter officially before the entire Senate and not directly to one Senator," they said in a joint statement.