- Presumptive House Speaker Rep. Bebot Alvarez has called for an investigation of Sen. Leila De Lima
- Alvarez said that the proliferation of drugs at the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) happened during De Lima’s stint as the DOJ chief
- Alvarez also reiterated his refusal to probe the recent spate of vigilante killings in the country
According to the presumptive House Speaker Davao Del Norte Rep. Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez, former Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary and now Senator Leila De Lima should be investigated for the proliferation of illegal drugs at the National Bilibid Prison (NBP).
“Let us investigate why during the term of now Senator De Lima, nag-proliferate yung illegal drugs sa loob ng Bilibid, yun dapat ang imbestigahan (illegal drugs were proliferated inside the Bilibid, that is what shoud be investigated),” said Alvarez, a close ally of former Davao City Mayor and now President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte.
The Davao Del Norte representative is referring to the widespread drug use among prisoners of the NBP and the drug lords who continue to operate their illegal businesses behind bars.
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According to the new DOJ Chief Vitaliano Aguirre, drugs are smuggled into the prison by lacing the bottled water drinks with shabu. He also revealed that there are underground tunnels at the NBP where involved prisoners cook illegal drugs.
Intelligence reports also say that there are many NBP officials and prison guards who receive bribe money from detainees in exchange for protecting their illegal activities inside the prison.
“I will file a resolution para imbestigahan yan (to investigate it),” the presumptive House Speaker for the 17th Congress promised.
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He made these statements about probing De Lima after he rejected the call for a congressional investigation on the rise of extrajudicial killings in the country since Duterte assumed office.
Alvarez said that it would be a waste of time for the Congress to probe the vigilante killings and that the DOJ should be left alone in investigating the cases.
“It’s a waste of time… Bakit tayo pa e marami tayong mga priority bills na kailangan nating pagtuunan ng pansin? So wag na tayo makialam dun,” Alvarez said.
(Why should the Congress investigate the killings when we have so many priority bills to focus on? So let us not meddle with it.)