Yesterday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) presented 6 witnesses at the House of Representatives, particularly those on former DOJ secretary and now Sen. Leila De Lima, for the alleged proliferation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
A report from Philstar said that due to the possible violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said on Tuesday, September 20, that there is enough evidence for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to file a case against Sen. De Lima.
I took special notice of the narrations of (National Bureau of Investigation) agent Jovencio Ablen Jr. and his superior while detailed at the NBP (New Bilibid Prison), deputy director Rafael Ragos, not to mention those of Colangco, Magleo and the other high-profile inmates.When asked if Sen. De Lima could face expulsion as a senator if she is charged by the DOJ, Sen. Lacson explained that expulsion could only be a consequence of an ethics committee action.
My own assessment of the evidentiary value of those affidavits, and I could fairly conclude, based on some verified and verifiable facts, that those allegations are credible enough to get past the probable cause requirement to file a criminal information in any court of law.
Referring to former senators Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr. who are detained in Camp Crame, Sen. Lacson said,
But, in case she’s indicted for an unbailable offense such as what’s provided for in RA 9165, then she won’t be able to perform her duties as a senator, just like our former colleagues who are facing plunder cases with the Sandiganbayan.Last Monday, 16 senators voted to dethrone Sen. de Lima as senate committee chairperson on the committee justice and human rights.
The justice and human rights panel is now headed by Sen. Richard Gordon, with Sen. Ping Lacson as vice chair.
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