Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday vowed to file charges over the supposed fabrication of evidence and coercion of witnesses to link her to the illegal drug trade.
In an ambush interview, De Lima appealed to officials of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Bureau of Investigation (DOJ) not to let their agencies be party to subornation of perjury.
“Huwag naman kayong magpagamit. Alam ko naman na matitino kayong mga officials, the DOJ secretary and NBI director, huwag na kayong maging party to any perjury or subornation of perjury,” De Lima, a former DOJ secretary, said.
“Knowingly coming up with manufactured evidence, false testimony is a crime, is subornation of perjury," De Lima said.
"Kung itutuloy nila yan, ganyan pa rin gagawin nila, consciously and knowingly, nagma-manufacture or nagpipilit nang mga hindi naman dapat kasuhan or evidence then pananagutin ko sila in some future time."
De Lima, however, said it might not yet be the right time to file the cases.
"It's useless to be filing cases at this point. San ko ifa-file yan? Sa DOJ?" she said.
De Lima made the statements amid reports that two of her former employees at the DOJ were allegedly forced to execute affidavits at the NBI.
Newspaper reports said the two, identified as Jonathan “Jong” Caranto and Edna “Bogs” Obuyes, were allegedly asked by De Lima to deposit millions of pesos in a bank account.
De Lima admitted that the two mentioned individuals were her former staff but said that they were only coerced to pin her down.
“The alleged existence of accounts, that is a fabrication. I don’t think those two would have those accounts, instant millionaires nga sila,” De Lima said.
The senator suspected that the move was connected to the pending investigation of the House of Representatives on the alleged proliferation of drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison during De Lima’s term as DOJ chief.
“Ano ba yan, dahil sa House inquiry, siguro nagpa-panic na sila. They have nothing. So ngayon, binibilisan na nila yung pag-fabricate, pag manufacture ng evidence na ‘yan,” De Lima said.
It was President Rodrigo Duterte who accused De Lima of being involved in the illegal drug trade inside the NBP, claiming that she was collecting money from jailed drug lords. — (source:GMA News)