DOJ denies being source of 'drug matrix'


Posted at Aug 31 2016 11:17 PM

MANILA – The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday denied that it or its attached agencies are the sources of the information used in a "drug matrix" that President Rodrigo Duterte released last week.

The matrix shows Senator Leila de Lima's alleged role in the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), and also names her former driver Ronie Dayan and other government officials.

LOOK: President Duterte's 'Drug Matrix'

In a House budget hearing, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said he has no idea where the information came from. This has been echoed in the past by cabinet officials such as Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, who denied knowledge of the information's source.

"Whatever he (Duterte) comes out with is based on collected intelligence, collaborated intelligence. He has certain basis for which we are not privy to," Abella said in a press conference Friday last week.

According to Aguirre, the DOJ is conducting its own investigation into the issue.

Last week, Aguirre said six witnesses surfaced to prove De Lima’s alleged role in the illicit drug trade in the NBP. They are in the process of getting affidavits of the witnesses, as well as NBP guards, inmates, and former friends of De Lima, he said.

READ: DOJ chief: 6 witnesses vs De Lima surface

Duterte had accused De Lima of funding her campaign using money from drug lords at the NBP, which she allegedly received through her former driver when she was justice secretary.

De Lima has denied she has ties to the illegal drug trade, and said that these accusations are only meant to destroy her credibility.