- House of Representatives and DOJ to probe embattled senator for alleged drug links
- To face scrutiny is the proliferation of illegal drugs during her term as DOJ secretary
- Aguirre said they will focus on all DOJ officials of the past admin for any liability
MANILA, Philippines – Set to grill the country’s top cops next week, embattled Sen. Leila de Lima is also facing a probe of her own after President Rodrigo Duterte’s allies in Congress issued a resolution calling for an investigation into her term as former Justice Secretary.
“Now, therefore be it resolved as it is hereby resolved, that the House of Representatives direct the appropriate committee to immediately conduct a comprehensive investigation on the proliferation of drug syndicates in the NBP, including the involvement and accountability of the authorities mandated to exercise control and supervision over the national penitentiary, under the leadership of then Secretary of the Department of Justice Leila M. De Lima, and such other heads of law enforcement agencies tasked with implementing law enforcement policies particularly those in combatting the use, proliferation and trade of illegal and prohibited drugs,” House Resolution No. 105 read.
The resolution was signed by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and 10 other solons.
For his part, current Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said they will conduct their own independent investigation on De Lima and other officials of the past administration for their alleged complicity in the spread of illegal drugs in the National Bilibid Prison (NBP).
“Everybody in the DOJ from the past administration – at all levels – will be investigated. Our objective really is to find out what happened in the previous administration and why did illegal drugs proliferate in Bilibid,” he told the Philippine Star.