House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez will not personally testify in opposition to Senator Leila De Lima over a case he filed in opposition to the latter for disobeying the summons of Congress.

Alvarez was a no-show on the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 34 on Wednesday, April 26, the place he was scheduled to take the stand as the primary witness within the trial.

It was discovered that Alvarez would as an alternative simply file a written testimony.

Because of this, the courtroom reset its listening to to June 9 when his fellow complainant, House Committee on Justice Chairman Reynaldo Umali, will take the stand as the primary witness.

Last March 13, De Lima was arraigned on the case however refused to enter a plea. As such, the courtroom entered a “not guilty” plea on her behalf.

De Lima was charged for violating Article 150 of the Revised Penal Code (RPS) over her alleged “disobedience to summons issued by the National Assembly, its committees or subcommittees, by the Constitutional Commissions, its committees, subcommittees or divisions.”

The case stemmed from her recommendation to her former lover and driver Ronnie Dayan to disregard a summon to attend the House probe on the proliferation of unlawful medicine on the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).