DOJ: Drug matrix tagging De Lima as coddler had no input from us

  • Justice department said it had no role in the drug matrix showing “narco-politicians”
  • DOJ Secretary said they are still doing their own probe on De Lima
  • PDEA and NBI also denied providing intel on drug matrix

MANILA, Philippines – Amid the ongoing word war between President Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Leila de Lima, three agencies have nixed their role in the drug matrix tagging her as an alleged protector of drug lords detained in the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP).

Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre III admitted as much on Wednesday after Kabayan Rep. Harry Roque asked him on whether his department had anything to do with the drug matrix during the hearing of the Lower House on the 2017 budget.

“I’m really sorry, it did not come from us. We have our own investigation about this happening about the drug proliferation at the National Bilibid Prison,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted Aguirre as telling Roque and the appropriations committee. “That drug matrix did not come from us. Although we could corroborate.”

Aguirre then also requested an additional P100 million from Congress as its budget to tackle cases of extrajudicial killings.

“I was told we have no permanent office for our prosecution of extra-legal killings. Perhaps we could provide an office for this particular purposes. Extrajudicial killings should be guarded by the DOJ,” he said.

Earlier, PDEA Director General Isidro Lapeña and NBI counsel Henry Canapi said their agencies also had nothing to with the drug matrix after being asked by Roque.

“No your honor,” was Lapeña’s reply after Roque asked him “Did the PDEA, the NBI, or PNP have inputs in the shaming and naming practice of the President, specifically as to such personalities as Leila de Lima? Did you actually give evidence to the President that became the basis for his statement that Senator Leila de Lima is involved in the drug trade as far as Muntinlupa is concerned?”

“As far as the NBI is concerned, your honor, there has been no such request for us and we have not submitted any subject personalities, politicians or otherwise,” was Canapi’s reply to the same question.