• Senator Leila De Lima claimed that the DOJ’s evidence against her is fake, just like Justice Secretary Aguirre’s wig
• De Lima said the government should investigate the real culprit – the drug syndicates
• The House of Representative committee on Justice is investigating De Lima’s alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison
Senator Leila De Lima on Tuesday, September 27, said the alleged evidence against her is fake — just like Department of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre’s toupee.
The lady senator is the subject of a probe by the House of Representative committee on Justice on the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison. It was alleged that Senator De Lima allowed high-profile inmates to engage in the illegal drug trade in exchange for money that was allegedly used to bankroll her senatorial candidacy during the May 9, 2016 elections.
“Secretary Aguirre’s alleged evidence against me is like his toupee, his wig – fake and cosmetics only. There is nothing into it other than that. Nothing’s authentic. What is real, however, are the killings. What is tragic is that these killings continue unabated,” the Inquirer quoted the senator as saying.
Reacting to Secretary Aguirre’s earlier pronouncement that he is set to file charges against her and that the DOJ has sufficient evidence for probable cause, De Lima said that the government should instead focus on investigating and prosecuting the real culprits – the drug syndicates, who were allegedly forcing minors to sell drugs.
“The criminals, including these so-called vigilantes, are getting bolder; while the victims are getting younger. Some 20,584 minors have reportedly been exploited into drug use and peddling,” she said.
Senator De Lima, a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, initiated a Senate inquiry on the extrajudicial killings in relation to Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs.