• Solons vowed no scripted play in House probe on Bilibid drug trade
  • They denied Bilibid probe a retaliatory measure against De Lima
  • They said inquiry to reinforce country’s anti-drug laws, not as a tool of persecution against anyone

MANILA, Philippines – Solons belonging to the House of Representatives vowed there would be no scripted play as it holds an inquiry into the purported proliferation of illegal drugs at the National Bilibid Prisons (NBP) on Tuesday.

South Cotabato Rep. Ferdinand Hernandez denied speculations the probe would be used as a demolition job against Sen. Leila de Lima in retaliation for the ongoing Senate hearing on the spate of alleged extrajudicial killings connected with the government campaign against drugs.

“This is purely concentrated on the National Bilibid Prison. This is in aid of legislation. This is in no way to persecute anybody,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying.

Palawan Rep. Frederick Abueg agreed; saying their inquiry would not be a ‘moro-moro’.

“If the hearing is moro-moro, is scripted, e ‘di dapat alam na namin ano ang lalabas [we would already know what would come out],” he said. “We cannot conduct this in a partial and biased manner, dahil may legislation na dapat baguhin [we have legislation we need to change].”

For his part, House dangerous drugs committee chair Surigao Del Norte Rep. Robert Barbers pressed the need for an investigation on the matter.

“There is really a need to investigate this event. The former secretary now senator De Lima has said over the national media that there were indeed drugs, firearms, and all other contraband inside the Bilibid. So, bakit nag-proliferate ito [Why did it proliferate]?”

He said. “Bakit nangyayari ito? Dahil ba may kasabwat, may nakapikit, may hindi nagsisiyasat? Yun ang dapat natin tingnan [Why did it happen? Did somebody collude, turned a blind eye, or did not pay attention? That’s what we want to look into].”