Remarkable Response of Roque on Why House Probe Was About De Lima’s Personal Life

"Kung ikaw ay imoral sa iyong private life, siguradong magiging imoral ka rin sa iyong paglilingkod sa bayan."
Harry Roque and Leila De Lima

For Kabayan party-list Rep. Harry Roque, “What is done in private can have an impact on public service.”

"Hindi ko maintindihan kung saan nanggagaling yan. Nagkataon lang na babae siya pero ang mga paratang sa kanya ay hindi naman dahil siya ay babae. Ang paratang sa kanya - una, siya ay nagkaroon ng relasyon na hindi lang imoral pero ilegal dahil may asawa naman si Ronnie Dayan," he said in a report of ABS-CBN News.
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This was the response of Rep. Roque amid criticism that the House probe investigating the illegal trade in New Bilibid Prison (NBP) became too personal as a lot of questions about the affair of Senator Leila de Lima and her former driver and security aide Ronnie Dayan.

"Ang aking paninindigan, kapag ikaw ay isang public figure o taong gobyerno, wala kang pribadong buhay...Kapag ikaw ay pumasok ng public service, binigyan mo ng lisensiya ang publiko na busisiin ang pribado mong buhay kasi ang pribado mong pagkatao ay magkakaroon ng impact kung paano ka maninilbihan sa bayan," he said.

"Kung ikaw ay imoral sa iyong private life, siguradong magiging imoral ka rin sa iyong paglilingkod sa bayan."
Roque further explained that it’s important to delve with the relationship of De Lima with Dayan to better understand why the former driver became her bagman for her illegal transaction.