MANILA - Senator Leila de Lima on Tuesday likened the evidence of her alleged role in the Bilibid illegal drug trade to the supposed wig of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.
“Secretary Vitaliano’s alleged evidence against me is like his toupee, wig – fake and cosmetics only. There is nothing into it other than that. Nothing’s authentic,” De Lima said in a text message to ABS-CBN News.
“What is real, however, are the killings. What is tragic is that these killings continue unabated. And the criminals, including these so-called vigilantes, are getting bolder; while the victims are getting younger,” added the senator who initiated an investigation into the Duterte government’s brutal war on drugs.
She also noted that some 20,584 minors have reportedly been exploited into drug use and peddling.
“At this point, the Justice Department should instead focus its efforts in investigating and prosecuting the syndicates – the real culprits – who force these minors to go into drug pushing,” De Lima insisted.
Witnesses presented by Aguirre at a congressional inquiry have accused De Lima of accepting drug money in exchange for condoning a multi-million peso narcotics rings run by convicts inside the New Bilibid Prison.
Aguirre has also claimed receiving documents showing that up to P1 billion from drug transactions ended in De Lima’s bank accounts.
De Lima has shot down the allegations, saying that Duterte and his allies tortured witnesses to testify against her.
-- With a report from Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News