MANILA - Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III on Thursday refused to take action on complaints by members of the House of Representatives regarding inter-parliamentary courtesy after Senator Leila de Lima allegedly advised her former driver and bodyguard Ronnie Dayan not to honor the subpoena issued to him. According to Pimentel, it is better for both the House and the Senate to finish its respective inquiries on the issue.
"For a member of the House to the Senate to do something, ibabalik ko muna sa House, do your own thing muna," said Pimentel. (For a member of the House to the Senate to do something, I will return it to the House. Do your own thing first.)
He added that the House should first finish their investigation and inform them about their findings before asking the Senate to take action.
"Very premature, let us not be too excited," said Pimentel. Pimentel said that the so-called inter-parliamentary courtesy does not exist in the Constitution nor in any law. He also said De Lima is his former election lawyer and she can very well defend herself in courts.