DOJ set to present 6 more witnesses against de Lima — Report

  • The DOJ will present six more witnesses against Sen. Leila De Lima
  • The six individuals will testify against the senator for her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade
  • Three out of the six witnesses have already submitted their statements

Six more witnesses are set to testify against Senator Leila De Lima for her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade.

This was disclosed by the Department of Justice (DOJ)  as it stated that the agency is currently preparing the six individuals who will strengthen claims that purportedly De Lima allowed and benefited from the drug trade inside New Bilibid Prisons (NBP).

An article published by ABS-CBN News mentioned that no-less than Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said that three out of the six witnesses have already submitted their statements.

Aguirre assured that the six people will not testify on hearsay, but will give their testimony on firsthand experience.

Meanwhile, Aguirre refused to confirm the authenticity of the copies of bank transactions published earlier in broadsheets as he added that they are still verifying the published deposit slips.

Despite his non-confirmation, Aguirre confirmed that he has spoken with two DOJ staff, identified as Jong Caranto and Bogs Obuyes, to inquire about how they were included in the drug matrix revealed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

As such, the justice secretary stand firm that their supposed evidence against the lady senator are not fabricated at all.

Acknowledging that de Lima can file perjury cases, Aguirre maintained that he is working solely for the truth.

“Alam po naming mga abugado na ‘yan ay karaparan po niya yan, pero ang masasabi ko lang kay Secretary, ay iba po ako. ‘Yun pong totoo lang ang sa akin at hindi ako magpapagamit kanino man,” he was quoted saying.

[As lawyers, we know our rights.That’s her right. But I am for the truth, and nobody can use me for their political gains.]