DOJ sets tentative date for Koko probe

April 14, 2020

THE Department of Justice yesterday announced that the preliminary investigation of Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III is tentatively set on May 20.

Pimentel was accused of violating quarantine protocols when he brought his pregnant wife to the Makati Medical Center despite being a person under investigation for COVID-19.

"Subpoena to Sen. Koko Pimentel and (copy of the) complaint to be released today. Preliminary investigation tentatively set on May 20," Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento said.

Recently, lawyer Rico Quicho announced the filing of a letter-complaint against Pimentel before the DOJ after the senator was accused of violating quarantine protocols.

In his Facebook post, Quicho said: "I filed with the Department of Justice ("DOJ") through electronic mail, a Letter-Complaint against Senator Koko Pimentel detailing the clear facts and circumstances that establish his direct violation of RA No. 11332 and its implementing rules and other DOH regulations."

According to Quicho, a former college of law dean of the University of Makati, the complaint used as one of the basis the online petition in Change.org which amassed 200,000 signatures calling for a formal case against Pimentel. 

"We are one with the Filipino people in condemning negligent and reckless acts which expose the public, especially our health workers to unnecessary risks."

Despite being a PUI for COVID-19, Pimentel brought his wife Kathryna to the MMC Tuesday evening, as she was scheduled to give birth Wednesday morning.

The Pimentels said that they were already at the hospital when the senator received the news about his test results.