Inmates to be invited to House probe on Bilibid drug trade

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 31 2016 05:32 PM

Former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima inspecting the New Bilibid Prison. ABS-CBN News file photo

MANILA - House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is set to invite New Bilibid Prison (NBP) inmates to the lower chamber's probe on the illegal drug trade at the national penitentiary.

"These (inmates) are credible witnesses because they have first-hand information. They are the ones who know what is happening inside (Bilibid)," Alvarez said.

The Davao del Norte representative clarified that the probe seeks to establish facts to come up with a piece of legislation that will stop the proliferation of drugs in the NBP.

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"We just want to know why the drug trade grew under previous administrations. We're not prosecuting anybody," he said.

Aside from NBP inmates, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, former Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan, and the driver of former Justice Secretary Leila De Lima are also invited to attend the congressional hearing.

Alvarez earlier dared De Lima to answer charges linking her to the illegal drugs trade by appearing at the investigation, but the former justice secretary snubbed the invite and labelled the House probe as a "kangaroo court".

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