- Senator Leila de Lima viewed the high-profile inmates who intend to present evidence against her as not credible
- The House of Representatives is scheduled to start an investigation into the alleged proliferation of illegal drugs at the national penitentiary
- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said Herbert Colangco and Noel Martinez, along with at least 10 others, will be testifying against De Lima
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Leila de Lima dismissed the announcement of the Department of Justice (DOJ) that some high-profile New Bilibid Prison inmates will be testifying against her.
An article by Anjo Alimario for CNN Philippines said that De Lima viewed the high-profile inmates who intend to present evidence against her as not credible.
“That simply means nakakahuha na sila ng mga (they got) false, perjured witnesses. I’m not surprised anymore since, as I said before, I was warned already about their evil design and insidious moves, such as fabrication of evidence,” said De Lima on Friday.
Pawang mga kasinungalingan yan! (Those are all lies) That’s how evil and desperate they are,” De Lima added.
The House of Representatives is scheduled to start an investigation into the alleged proliferation of illegal drugs at the national penitentiary. The DOJ revealed that among the witnesses that will testify against De Lima in the investigation are Herbert Colangco and Noel Martinez.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said Colangco and Martinez, along with at least 10 others, have voluntarily executed affidavits in the presence of their lawyers and public lawyers from the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO).
The two were among the so-called “Bilibid 19” who were transferred to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in 2014.
Aguirre said other witnesses will come from the penal colonies.
“Very credible yan, ‘di katulad ni Matobato. Hindi ka maaaring mag-coach ng 12 testigo na nagkakatugma tugma ang kanilang sinasabi,” Aguirre said.
[“They are very credible, unlike Matobato. One cannot coach 12 witnesses and all their statement are matching.”]
An article by Adrian Ayalin and Ina Reformina for ABS-CBN News said that Aguirre mentioned that at least two witnesses from the NBI will testify that De Lima personally received drug money from them, of at least P5-million per delivery.
The deliveries were allegedly made in the presence of De Lima’s former driver and alleged ex-lover, Ronnie Dayan, in De Lima’s residence.