MANILA - The camp of former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo denied accusations that she is conniving with President Rodrigo Duterte, three former senators and a powerful religious group to pin drug trafficking charges against Senator Leila de Lima.
De Lima earlier said individuals who faced charges when she was still justice secretary are behind the string of cases filed against her for her supposed links to the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison.
De Lima said among the vindictive individuals are President Duterte, former President Arroyo, former Senators Bong Revilla, Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile, certain 'PDAF Congressmen', and 'a powerful religious group'.
In response, Arroyo's legal counsel Ferdinand Topacio said the former president "is busy making up for lost time by serving her constituents and spending quality time with her family."
"She has better things to do than bother with a creature like De Lima, whose shenanigans will soon be her own undoing, even without any help from Mrs. Arroyo," he added.
Topacio said the allegations against Mrs. Arroyo, et al are only being used to "muddle the issue." He said De Lima cannot explain why scores of witnesses named her as the mastermind of the Bilibid drug trade.
"De Lima must realize that the cases against her are not 'payback' from persons with axes to grind or even 'political persecution', but are a direct result of her official misconduct, her overweening desire for wealth, her naked political ambition, and her uncontrollable libidinous urges," he said.
"It seems that De Lima is going bananas, specifically of the 'saba' variety."
Aside from drug trafficking charges, a disbarment case is also set to be filed against the lady senator by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption.