Crisologo slams QC police over arrest in privilege speech
Quezon City Rep. Bingbong Crisologo delivered a privilege speech on Monday at the House of Representatives assailing his arrest by Quezon City police for alleged vote buying on May 12, the eve of Election Day.
The defeated mayoral candidate said the Quezon City police failed to recognize his parliamentary immunity from arrest when they apprehended him and charged him with election law violations, and later for obstruction of justice and direct assault.
He was set free on the next day, May 13, after the inquest prosecutor found lack of basis for the vote-buying complaint.
Crisologo said the arresting officers were fully aware and informed of his identity as representative of Quezon City’s first district.
“And yet they arrested me for allegedly obstructing the unlawful arrest of my supporters.
“Granting for the sake of argument that I was validly charged with obstruction of justice, I still enjoy the constitutional guarantee of immunity from arrest because obstruction of justice does not carry a penalty of more than 6 years imprisonment,” he said.
He also ridiculed the charge that he assaulted the “more than 20 armed police officers” who arrested him.
On the possible argument that Congress was not in session at the time of his arrest, Crisologo said his parliamentary immunity remained effective as “the only time that it can be aptly said that we are not in session is when we adjourn sine die,” Crisologo said.
He urged his colleagues to launch an investigation against the concerned Quezon City police officers involved in the incident.