Oops! Roque: “Leila de Lima should resign, she brings a bad image to Congress”
Kabayan Party-List Rep. Harry Roque believes that Senator Leila de Lima brings a bad image to the institution, he said the de Lima should resign her post as senator because of the overwhelming evidence against her.
“Ngayon po, sa mga nasiwalat na ebidensiya, ang aking payo po sana kay Leila de Lima, sana po siya’y magbitiw na. Bagama’t kami po’y nasa Kamara at hiwalay pong House of Congress, ang Kongreso eh iisa naman po kaming Kongreso sa 17th Congress. Tingin ko po, makakasira sa institusyon na siya ay manatili sa pwesto,” Roque said.
Now that evidence has been presented, I suggest that Leila de Lima resigns her Senate seat. Although we belong to different houses of Congress, we belong to the same 17th Congress. She will damage the image of the institution if she decides to stay.)
Roque pointed out that not all witnesses are convicts, they were NBI agents that testified under oath that they received millions and passed it to de Lima.
“Hindi lang po isa, hindi lang po dalawa, tatlo na po ang positibong nagsabi na nagbigay po sa kaniya ng pera. ‘Yung dalawa po, nagsabi na nakatanggap siya P10 million. Di po iyan mga preso, ‘yan po ay mga opisyales ng NBI. Meron po ‘yan presumption of regularity in the discharge of their functions. Wala pong kaduda-duda sa aking pag-iisip na talaga pong lumabag sa batas si Leila de Lima.”
Not only one, not two, but three witnesses said they gave her money. Two of them said she received P10 million. They weren’t inmates but were officials of the NBI. They enjoy presumption of regularity in exercising their functions. In my mind, Leila de Lima has indeed violated the law.)