- Whistleblower said De Lima’s hanky-panky would’ve been exposed years ago, no thanks to three solons
- She said Drilon, Pimentel, and Fariñas stopped her from speaking vs De Lima
- She is planning to produce a tape of the hearing to the public as proof of their complicity
MANILA, Philippines—Two senators — one of them an ally of President Rodrigo Duterte — and a congressman blocked her from exposing Sen. Leila de Lima’s dirt years ago.
So claimed whistleblower Sandra Cam even as she identified Senators Franklin Drilon, Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel, and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rudy Fariñas as the lawmakers who stopped her from speaking out against De Lima when she was about to be appointed as Justice Secretary.
According to Cam, the three — sitting as part of the powerful Commission on Appointments — did not allow her to speak during De Lima’s confirmation hearing. At the time, she said she was ready to tell all on De Lima’s shenanigans inside the National Bilibid Prison (NBP).
“The senators and congressmen railroaded her appointment. I had no chance to explain what is in our expose. Fariñas Drilon, Koko Pimentel, they all stopped me, I was like a voice in the wilderness,” Politiko quoted her as saying. “I wished the CA had listened to us, I only wanted five to 10 minutes. Ngayon, madaming congressman at senador na nagsipagbalimbingan na [there are many congressmen and senators who are changing sides].”
According to Cam, De Lima and her Justice Undersecretary Toti Baraan swiped part of the daily food allowances of the inmates, and turned a blind eye to the proliferation of contraband items including illegal drugs in exchange for a huge payoff.
As proof of the three lawmakers’ complicity, Cam promised to produce a tape recording detailing the conversations that went on during De Lima’s appointment.