DOJ evidence may lead to drug, graft charges against De Lima

  • Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre says Sen. Leila De Lima could possibly face drug and graft charges
  • The justice secretary said that the department is set to present six witnesses in the coming days
  • Bank records will also be presented that would show De Lima’s alleged linkage in illegal activities inside the New Bilibid Prison

With her alleged links to the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison, Sen. Leila de Lima could possibly be slapped with drug and graft charges.

This was disclosed by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre as he revealed that the  Department of Justice would be presenting six witnesses, as well as bank records, that would show De Lima’s complicity in illegal activities inside the New Bilibid Prison, an article published by GMA News Online mentioned.

“At the very least, siyempre (violation of the) Anti-Graft Corrupt Practices Act and of course iyong violation of Anti-Drugs (law ang puwede ikaso sa kaniya),” Aguirre was quote saying.

However, Aguirre said that the bank accounts where the alleged drug money were supposedly being deposited were not under De Lima’s name.

When asked if it was possible that dummy accounts were being used as cover-up, Aguirre said: “Basta sinabi lang nila (witnesses) na doon dineposit sa account na iyon.”

[The witnesses just said the money were deposited in that account.]

In addition, Aguirre stressed that the witnesses the DOJ would be presenting to a House investigation on the matter includes prison guards and inmates from the NBP and some of De Lima’s supposed “friends.”

Earlier, De Lima denied anew the accusations raised against her.

“Wala po silang makukuhang ebidensiya because I’m absolutely, 100 percent sure of myself. I’m 100 percent sure of my innocence. I have no connections whatsover to drugs,” De Lima said; adding that it will be the last time she would be commenting on drug allegations against her.

[They can’t get evidences.]