- President Rodrigo Duterte intensified his attack to Senator Leila De Lima after revealing that her driver and alleged lover was the senator's link to illegal drug trade inside New Bilibid Prison
- Duterte also mentioned a certain "Balaran" whom he tagged as De Lima's another "bagman"
- De Lime has previously denied most of the allegations and said that she is willing to be shot in front of the president if the accusations are proven
President Rodrigo Duterte disclosed more details in relation to his revelations against Senator Leila De Lima and her alleged involvement in illegal drug trade yesterday, during a news conference in Davao City.
According to Duterte, De Lima’s driver and alleged lover, identified as Ronnie Palisoc Dayan in reports, was visiting the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) and was her "bagman" to make deals with convicted drug lords who were still involved in illegal drug trade from the state prison when the senator was still the justice secretary during former President Benigno Aquino III’s term.
Duterte said: “De Lima, farthest from my mind was to derogate your person. But I have to mention your relationship because it was your driver who was in contact with the rest of the guys there inside the prison.”
The president also mentioned a certain “Barlaan” whom he revealed as De Lima’s another “bagman” aside from her driver. He said that Barlaan allowed the “shabu” manufacturing in the NBP in Muntinlupa City.
Duterte was apparently tagging former Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan, who was in charge of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) back then.
He then warned personnel of the NBP and BuCor who would not cooperate in the investigation of De Lima to be conducted by his allies in the House of Representatives.
He said: “When we start to ask questions, you better tell us the truth or else I will charge you all—superintendents, wardens, supervisors—in a case of conspiracy to commit serious wrong.”
He then accused De Lima of “lying through her teeth” after denying most of the allegations and even saying that she is willing to be shot in front of the president if the accusations were proven.
“She is lying through her teeth…You know in all of her answers, she was only telling about drugs, now she denied there are leads about drugs but she never said true or false about the driver. And the driver is the connect. Everyone inside (the penitentiary) were talking about the driver,” Duterte said. - Kami Media