Provide your email for confirmation

Tell us a bit about yourself

country *

Please provide your email address

welcome to Rappler

Login

To share your thoughts

Don't have an account?

Login with email

Check your inbox

We just sent a link to your inbox. Click the link to continue signing in. Can’t find it? Check your spam & junk mail.

Didn't get a link?

Use password?

Login with email

Reset password?

Please use the email you used to register and we will send you a link to reset your password

Check your inbox

We just sent a link to your inbox. Click the link to continue resetting your password. Can’t find it? Check your spam & junk mail.

Didn't get a link?

Sign up

Ready to get started

Already have an account?

Sign up with email

By signing up you agree to Rappler’s Terms and Conditions and Privacy

Check your inbox

We just sent a link to your inbox. Click the link to continue registering. Can’t find it? Check your spam & junk mail.

Didn't get a link?

Join Rappler+

Join Move

How often would you like to pay?

Annual Subscription

Monthly Subscription

Your payment was interrupted

Exiting the registration flow at this point will mean you will loose your progress

Your payment didn’t go through

Exiting the registration flow at this point will mean you will loose your progress

welcome to Rappler+

welcome to Move

welcome to Move & Rappler+

DOJ: Bank docs, witnesses to prove De Lima drug links

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) said it has witnesses and bank documents to prove Senator Leila De Lima's alleged links to drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Thursday, August 25, said the DOJ has so far 6 witnesses and bank documents against the former justice chief. The evidence, he said, would also be presented during the House probe.

"We hope to take at least 6 witnesses' affidavits. They will be presented during the House investigation on the proliferation of illegal drugs in NBP," Aguirre said after the initial budget briefing of the DOJ at the Senate.

"One witness is already finished with his statement. Meron pa mga bank account kung saan nag-deposito ng pera (There are also bank accounts where money was deposited)," Aguirre added.

The DOJ chief, however, said the bank documents are not under De Lima's name, implying there were dummy accounts involved.

"Kasi 'yung pinagdeposituhan 'di sa pangalan nila. Basta sinabi lang nila dun dineposit sa account na 'yun," he said.

(The account where the money was deposited was not under their name. They just said that they are depositing the money there.)

Asked about the witnesses' profiles, Aguirre said some are inmates, prison guards, and former friends of the neophyte senator. (READ: Duterte's info on De Lima not from PNP – Dela Rosa)

"We will go to the details after these affidavits have been submitted to me. Nahihirapan inmates kasi delikado ang buhay nila sa loob. (The inmates are having a hard time because their lives are in danger.) They will be known as [the] source of documents," Aguirre said, adding the DOJ is considering separating the witnesses from the general jail population.

Once drug links are proven, Aguirre said they would file graft or drug charges against De Lima. (READ: Duterte to De Lima: 'It's beyond your control')

Fake?

De Lima, for her part, remained confident that the alleged evidence would not link her to drugs.

"Sabi ko nga ano man ebidensya niyan wala silang mapapakita diyan na konektado ako, absolutely none," the senator said.

(Like I said, whatever evidence they have, it won't show my connection to drugs. Absolutely none.)

She denied that she had bagmen who delivered the money obtained from drug lords inside Bilibid.

"Of course, I cannot speak for the others, pero mahirap paniwalaan na meron nagse-serve sakin as bagmen… but I can actually speak for myself. Pero ang pinaka-questionable dito is pinipilit nilang iniinvolve, pinipilit nilang dinadawit," she said.

(Of course, I cannot speak for the others, but it's difficult to believe I have bagmen... But I can actually speak for myself. But the most questionable thing here is that they keep on insisting, they keep on dragging my name into the controversy.)

"Kasi alam ko psy (psychological) war nga ito. 'Yung sowing intrigues," the senator added.

(Because I know this is a psychological war. They're sowing intrigues.)

De Lima earlier cried foul over the drug accusations, saying whatever evidence that will be presented against her must be fake. (READ: De Lima pleads for ex-driver: 'Huwag ninyo siyang galawin')

But Aguirre cautioned De Lima against jumping into such conclusions.

"Well, before you say that dapat makita mo muna ebidensya (you should first see the evidence). Paano mo masasabi na fake 'yun? (How can you say it's fake?) You could not say it's fake unless you have seen the evidence," Aguirre said.

The DOJ and the House of Representatives are keen on investigating the proliferation of drugs inside the Bilibid during De Lima's term as justice chief.

President Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly accused De Lima of being involved in illegal drugs. Duterte released a matrix showing that the senator was the top government official linked to drugs inside the NBP. (READ: De Lima denies Duterte drug matrix: 'It's garbage'– Rappler.com

Camille Elemia

Camille Elemia is Rappler's lead reporter for media, disinformation issues, and democracy. She won an ILO award in 2017. She received the prestigious Fulbright-Hubert Humphrey fellowship in 2019, allowing her to further study media and politics in the US. Email camille.elemia@rappler.com

image