De Lima claims 'demolition job' vs Cunanan

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 28 2014 08:21 PM | Updated as of Mar 01 2014 04:21 AM

MANILA - Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Friday downplayed a report about a house allegedly belonging to Technology Resource Center (TRC) Director-General Dennis Cunanan that is not in Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net worth (SALN).

De Lima claimed that the report is a "demolition job" against Cunanan aimed at preventing his inclusion into the government's Witness Protection Program.

Cunanan, who faces a plunder complaint in connection with the pork barrel scam, has applied to become a state witness in the case.

"This is probably part of the ongoing demo job against him, in an effort to undermine his credibility as a provisional state witness," de Lima said.

"Actually ni-report iyan sa akin ng lawyer ni Dennis Cunanan. Kailan ko nga ba siya ni-announce? Feb 21. I think a few days later ay may sightings of surreptitious filming of a supposed house owned by the family of Mr. Cunanan," she added.

Meanwhile, the TRC has reclaimed the agency's vehicle that was being used by Cunanan.

Although it belongs to the government, the vehicle has a personalized plate that uses Cunanan's initials. -- with a report from Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News