MANILA - A local police chief said they found Senator Leila de Lima's name on the list of officials and other personalities who received drug money from alleged drug lord Rolan "Kerwin" Espinosa.
Speaking to ANC, Chief Insp. Jovie Espenido, chief of Albuera Police, said they were aware of De Lima's alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade even before Espinosa's brother, Kevin, gave his statement.
"'Yung una pa, nung hindi sila mismo nagsabi ng ganun, noong umpisa nakuha na natin 'yung mga blue book, mayroon nang 'Ma'am De Lima' na pangalan doon sa blue book," he said.
The blue book contains a list of the names of people who allegedly received drug money from Espinosa.
Espinosa's accountant, who listed downs the names, has also given his statement to the police.
Espenido added that it was Kevin who told them about Kerwin's meeting with De Lima.
"Sa mga salaysay nila, si Kerwin magse-schedule, magsabi na lang na magpunta tayo doon kasi may appointment kami ni Ma'am De Lima, doon sa kwan, una sa Baguio, pangalawa kumain sila sa may Dampa," Espenido said.
Aside from Kevin Espinosa's affidavit, other personalities involved in Espinosa's illegal drug operation have also submitted their respective affidavits to the Albuera Police.
Albuera Police has filed a case against De Lima and other local officials at the Office of the Ombudsman in Tacloban City.
De Lima has denied accepting campaign donations from drug traffickers, saying these allegations were all fabricated.