MANILA -- Senator Leila de Lima on Sunday said Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II can produce false evidence to link her to the illegal drug trade, following reports that a subpoena will be issued against her by the Department of Justice.
“I am up against the belief that Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre can exhaust his powers and tap government resources to manufacture false evidence designed to link me to illegal drug trade,” De Lima said in a statement.
She added that the government is working to undermine her accomplishments as justice secretary during the previous administration.
“This administration is singularly motivated to demonize its political opponents instead of confronting the illegal drug menace,” she said.
“Since day one, this administration has not provided solid evidence to substantiate their accusations other than malicious conjectures and manufactured lies. All they are good at is to talk and lambast me in public,” she said.
De Lima, who formerly accused Aguirre of having evidence that are fake like his wig, criticized the secretary anew of having “a propensity for untruthful and thoughtless statements.”
“Sadly, we have a justice secretary who has a propensity for untruthful and thoughtless statements, for feeding us with lies and deceits, and for resorting to fabrication and forgery,” De Lima said.
Last Thursday, the National Bureau of Investigation filed charges against De Lima and 17 others for their alleged role in the proliferation of illicit drugs inside the New Bilibid Prisons.