Ex-NBI officials file complaint vs De Lima over drug links

Johnson Manabat, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 13 2016 05:40 PM

Two former officials of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Thursday filed a complaint against Senator Leila de Lima and former NBI deputy director Rafael Ragos for alleged drug trading and trafficking.

Former NBI deputy directors Reynaldo Esmeralda and Ruel Lasala, who filed the complaint before the Department of Justice, described De Lima as the "mother of all drug lords" who allegedly used her power to run a narcotics trade inside the New Bilibid Prison during her term as justice secretary.

But they noted that they were not filing the complaint out of spite or revenge.

De Lima relieved the two of their positions as part of the NBI's reorganization in 2014. They reportedly had links with alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles, an allegation they have already denied.

This is the third complaint filed against De Lima before the DOJ this week. The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) complaint also accused De Lima of drug trading and trafficking.

On Wednesday, Albuera town police chief inspector Jove Espenido also filed a complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman against De Lima for allegedly receiving drug money.