- President Duterte’s allies in the House of Representatives have reportedly filed a resolution calling for a probe of the illegal drug trade in the Bilibid during Sen. De Lima’s time as DOJ chief
- Rep. Romeo Acop said that he and other lawmakers have received intel that at least 8 drug lords conduct their illegal trade inside the Bilibid
- Meanwhile, several senators defended De Lima from the accusations of the Duterte
The allies of President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte in the House of Representatives are reportedly planning to investigate how the alleged illegal drug production and distribution in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) worsened during Senator Leila de Lima’s time as the Department of Justice (DOJ) secretary.
According to the Inquirer, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas filed House Resolution No. 105 in July to call for a probe of the illegal drug operation in the Bilibid.
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“We have received intelligence information that at least eight hardcore drug lords continue working their businesses inside [Bilibid] through the past few years [on] De Lima’s watch,” said Rep. Romeo Acop, who also signed the resolution.
Duterte had accused De Lima of having an affair with her driver – who allegedly goes to the Bilibid to collect money for the neophyte senator.
The Inquirer learned about the filing of the resolution yesterday, two days after President Duterte accused De Lima of accepting payoffs from convicted drug lords held at Bilibid and having an affair with her driver.
Some analysts believe that Duterte’s attack against De Lima was provoked by the senator’s constant criticism of the President’s aggressive war against the illegal drug trade. The senator has repeatedly slammed the dramatic increase of summary killings since Duterte assumed office.
According to Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, the police force is already investigating 899 cases of suspected summary executions.
Several senators defended De Lima on Friday against Duterte’s accusations, casting doubts on the attacks from the President.
“Hard for me to believe Senator De Lima is coddling/protecting drug lords and receiving money from them,” Minority Leader Ralph Recto stated.
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV also commented on De Lima’s stand against Duterte. “I think President Duterte, because of his long experience as a totalitarian mayor of Davao City, is instinctively intolerant of dissenting voices. But he is slowly finding out that our senators are no pushovers, unlike the city councilors he is used to dealing with,” Trillanes said.
Meanwhile, Senator Joel Villanueva urged the President to stop his personal attacks and to show more patience towards officials who are serving for the good of the country. – Kami Media