Now in DOJ’s possession: Aguirre says AMLC docs show De Lima earned P500M-1B from drug trade

  • DOJ Secretary said his department is now in possession of AMLC documents
  • He said De Lima earned P500M-1B from drug trade
  • He doesn’t expect bank accounts to be under De Lima’s name though
  • He also believes there is enough evidence to file a nonbailable charge against De Lima

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre III said his department has now received documents from the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) which would pin down Sen. Leila de Lima’s involvement in the illegal drug trade.

According to Aguirre, the documents show the different bank transactions in connection with the payoffs purportedly received by De Lima when she was still justice secretary.

“The amount is between P500 million and more than P1 billion,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying.

At the same time, he said he does not expect the bank accounts mentioned in the documents to be actually under De Lima’s name.

“We don’t expect the bank deposits to be under the name of De Lima because she uses people to collect on her behalf,” he said.

Along with the testimonies of the witnesses against her at the House of Representatives, Aguirre said De Lima may face a nonbailable charge and a life imprisonment if convicted of the same in court.

“Based on testimonial evidence of witnesses presented in the House of Representatives inquiry so far, we can already have a very sufficient case. We can actually file a case in court at this point because we have enough evidence,” he said. “If the testimonies of these witnesses are proven, then that means non-bailable, capital offense and life imprisonment against her.”

Asked what charges De Lima might face, Aguirre said the senator could face raps for violating the country’s anti-illegal drugs and graft and corruption laws.