Sunday, December 17, 2017
Close  
newsinfo / Nation
  • 0
    share this

DoJ secures witnesses versus De Lima

/ 09:35 PM August 22, 2016
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II. YUJI VINCENT GONZALES/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II. (PHOTO BY YUJI VINCENT GONZALES/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO)

MANILA — The Department of Justice has been securing witnesses to support the allegations of illegal drug ties hurled against Senator Leila M. de Lima, Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II said on Monday.

“We are securing witnesses to prosecute any person involved in illegal drugs,” Aguirre said in a text message when sought for updates regarding the recent pronouncements by President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

He said that “if they apply as state witnesses,” De Lima’s driver Ronnie P. Dayan as well as former Undersecretary Francisco F. Baraan III might qualify.

ADVERTISEMENT

Last week, Duterte accused De Lima of coddling drug activities at the New Bilibid Prison during her stint as justice secretary under the Aquino administration.

He claimed De Lima was having an affair with her driver and using him as a conduit to collect money from drug lords imprisoned at the Bilibid in order to fund her senatorial campaign.

Whistleblower Sandra Cam claimed that Baraan had knowledge of De Lima’s supposed activities.

In response, De Lima described Duterte’s allegations as a diversionary tactic as she launched a Senate inquiry into the extrajudicial killings and police excesses in the campaign against illegal drugs on Monday.  SFM

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: anti-crime campaign, anti-drug campaign, anti-drug operations, anti-drugs operation, Aquino Administration, congressional hearing, congressional inquiry, Crime, crimes in prison, deaths of crime suspects, deaths of drug suspects, Department of Justice, drug buy-bust, drug coddling activities, drug protection money, drug protectors in government, drug pushing, drug pushing suspects, drug smuggling in prison, Drug trafficking, drug trafficking in prison, drug trafficking suspects, drug-related killings, extrajudicial killings, firing at policemen, former justice undersecretary Francisco F. Baraan III, Francisco F. Baraan III, government officials tagged as drug protectors, illegal drug trade, Illegal drugs, investigation, Justice, Justice Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II, law, lawmakers, legislative hearing, legislative inquiry, Legislators, Leila de Lima, Leila M. de Lima, Murder, Nation, New Bilibid Prison, news, Philippine Congress, Philippine Government, Police, police operations, purge, resisting arrest, Ronnie P. Dayan, rubout, Sandra Cam, securing witnesses, Senate, Senator Leila de Lima, Senator Leila M. de Lima, senators, Shooting, Shootout, suspected drug pushers, suspected drug traffickers, vigilante killings, vigilante-style killings, Vitaliano Aguirre, Vitaliano N. Aguirre II, witnesses
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.




© Copyright 1997-2016 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved