- Antipolo City 2nd District Representative questioned the integrity of the statements of both Sanchez and Sebastian for being conflicting
- Sanchez claims that it was Dayan who was the lover of De Lima while Sebastian claims that it was Sanchez himself who had a relationship with the lady senator
- The committee chair, Oriental Mindoro 2nd District Representative, said that somebody is lying and that the one without immunity can be charged for perjury for giving false statements
After hearing Joenel Sanchez's statements last week where he denied having received money from Jaybee Sebastian, who happens to be a self-confessed drug lord, members of the House of Representatives Committee on Justice are more confused than ever.
Who’s telling the truth? Should the question become more who’s lying?
The apparent differences between the statements of Sebastian and Sanchez led a lawmaker to question the integrity of their statements, resulting to only one possible conclusion, somebody is lying.
The lawmaker, Antipolo City 2nd District Rep. Romeo Acop pointed out that according to Sanchez, Dayan was the lover or boyfriend of De Lima. He even phrased his question and termed the supposed relationship as "sweetie-sweetie."
“There is conflict in your answers. Ang sabi mo ang boyfriend ni De Lima si Ronnie Dayan,” Acop told Sebastian.
After stating that there’s a conflict between the statements, Acop told Sanchez that Sebastian mentioned that Sanchez was De Lima’s “sweetie-sweetie.”
“Which is which? Parang niloloko n'yo ang body na ito ha,” said the congressman.
Aside from the conflict as to who the lover of De Lima really was, another point where the statements of Sanchez and Sebastian clashed was the question on who gave the money and who received it.
Dire consequences await the two if they are lying.
Oriental Mindoro 2nd District Rep. Reynaldo Umali, who happens to be the committee chair, reminded Sebastian that he will lose the immunity granted to him by the body if he would be lying. On the other hand, Sanchez was also warned that he does not have any immunity yet and can be charged with perjury, which would render him criminally liable.
Sanchez insisted it was Sebastian who was lying and not him. However, Sebastian was quick to debunk his statement and said that if lawmakers would like to find out who is lying, then they should try asking the former aide of De Lima, with his connection to Herbert Colanggo, another high-profile inmate.
Sebastian said that Sanchez received P25,000 from Colanggo but Sanchez denied it saying that he did not receive the amount from Colanggo but from his manager.
The House committee has not yet made a determination whether it's Sanchez who is lying or Sebastian.