- Senator Leila De Lima said ‘credible sources’ informed her that President Rodrigo Duterte urged prisoners to testify against her
- De Lima stated that Duterte’s camp started convincing prisoners a week after the elections last May
- Duterte earlier alleged that De Lima was a protector of drug lords in the New Bilibid Prison
Senator Leila De Lima said “credible sources” informed her that President Rodrigo Duterte urged prisoners to testify against her immediately a week after the last election.
In an article written by Elizabeth Marcelo of GMA News, it was disclosed that De Lima’s “credible sources” informed her earlier that people from the Duterte camp have been visiting the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City early in May to encourage prisoners to testify against her.
“Noong first week pa lang po after elections, that was about May, meron na pong nagsasabi sa ‘kin, which I considered credible sources, na meron nga raw umiikot sa Bilibid at naghahanap ng mga testigo laban sa akin [Just the first week after elections, that was about May, some are already telling me, which I considered credible sources, that there are people roaming inside the Bilibid searching for prisoners who will testify against me],” De Lima said in a press conference in Quezon City.
“Papalabasin nga daw po na si Ronnie, ay acting as my bagman [They will accuse Ronnie as acting as my bagman],” she added, referring to her personal driver Ronnie Dayan.
Few days ago, Duterte called Dayan as De Lima’s “lover”; alleging that De Lima was a protector of drug lords in the NBP and Dayan was acting as her “bagman.” He also said Dayan’s house in Pangasinan was built out of De Lima’s commissions from the illegal drug trade.
De Lima said no prisoner agreed to testify against her that time, but Duterte’s men had been visiting the NBP for several times after the May visit.
The senator added that her credible sources told her that Duterte’s camp is now out to investigate other people close to her “on a personal and professional level.”
Watch the full coverage of Senator Leila De Lima’s press conference in Quezon City: