- President Duterte had released the drug matrix which allegedly shows the involvement of Sen. De Lima with the drug trade at the NBP
- The drug matrix also tagged De Lima’s former driver, Pangasinan Representative Amado Espino Jr., General Franklin Bucayo, Pangasinan Administrator Raffy Baraan and others
- De Lima denied the allegations and belittled the authenticity of the drug matrix
President Rodrigo Duterte revealed on Thursday the highly-anticipated drug matrix which supposedly shows the alleged involvement of Senator Leila de Lima in the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
The President’s drug matrix also tags Pangasinan 5th District Representative Amado Espino Jr. – the former governor of Pangasinan.
According to the matrix, Former Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III, Pangasinan Administrator Raffy Baraan, General Franklin Bucayo, Pangasinan Board Member Raul Sison, “Ms Cardenosa,” and Ronnie Dayan are also involved in the alleged drug trade in the prison.
Duterte’s matrix claims that De Lima and Dayan are in a relationship since her days as the head of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).
“Started as driver, now known as BOSS De Lima or ‘Case Fixer’ of Urbiztondo, Pangasinan of well-known politicians,” the note on the matrix further described Dayan.
From De Lima’s name on the top of the matrix, three arrows point to the names of Baraan, Bucayo and Dayan. According to Duterte’s supposed evidence, De Lima helped Bucayo become the Philippine National Police (PNP) RD PRO 1.
Bucayo then retired from service but was appointed as the chief of the Bureau of Corrections. He resigned from the job due to an alleged involvement in the drug trade, the drug matrix claimed.
An arrow connects the undersecretary to his brother Raffy Baraan, the Pangasinan City Administrator allegedly connected to Espino, considered as Northern Luzon’s richest politician based on Duterte’s drug matrix. Duterte said earlier that he is reviewing the names on the drug matrix and the validity of their connections.
De Lima released a statement regarding the matrix, denying the allegations written on the template.
“As I have often said, I will not dignify any further this so-called drug matrix which, any ordinary lawyer knows too well, belongs to the garbage can,” the senator stated. – Kami Media