DUTERTE'S DRUG MATRIX. President Rodrigo Duterte during a post-Cabinet meeting in Malacañang State Dining Room on August 22, 2016. File photo by Toto Lozano/PPD
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Leila de Lima is the highest public official in a matrix of illegal drug trade in Muntinlupa prison that President Rodrigo Duterte plans to reveal in the coming days.
“I will show to you maybe this week the matrix – bina-validate ko lang ’yung matrix ng Muntinlupa connection. Nandoon si De Lima sa matrix,” said Duterte during an ambush interview with Palace reporters on Tuesday, August 23.
(It is being validated, the matrix of the Muntinlupa connection. De Lima is there in the matrix.)
The matrix supposedly shows the illegal drug trade operations within the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa and the personalities involved.
De Lima, alleges Duterte, plays a key role in the supposed “Muntinlupa Connection.”
“It will show her role there. Alam na namin. Ngayon, alam ko na. When I go out with the matrix, malaman ’nyo,” said Duterte.
(We know. Now, I know. When I go out with the matrix, you will know.)
The President declined to elaborate on the matrix, saying all will be revealed when he goes public with it.
But he said former Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III is in the matrix. Baraan served as the supervisor of the Bureau of Corrections and the New Bilibid Prison during the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.
A governor who Duterte is friendly with also supposedly plays a part in the illegal operations.
“There is also a governor involved. He is my friend, but I could not believe it. There’s a governor and an undersecretary,” said the President.
Duterte is also expected to reveal another list of government officials involved in the illegal drug trade.
- Senator Leila De Lima - De Lima's former driver Ronnie Palisoc Dayan - former Justice Undersecretary Francis Baraan - Urbiztondo, Pangasinan board member Raul Sison - Pangasinan provincial administrator Rafael Baraan - Pangasinan Rep. Amado Espino - Former Bureau of Corrections chief Franklin Bucayo