Ex-DOJ staff defends De Lima, denies P24-M bank account

Ex-DOJ staff defends De Lima, denies P24-M bank account

- Edna Obuyes, a former staff member of Sen. De Lima at the DOJ, defended the senator against the drug allegations against her

- Obuyes denied that De Lima ordered her to deposit millions of drug money in her BDO account

- Obuyes also denied the reports released through the media that she was implicating De Lima of being involved in the Bilibid drug trade

A former staff member of Senator Leila de Lima during her time as the Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary posted on Facebook to defend the neophyte senator and deny the allegations that her Banco De Oro (BDO) bank account amassed P24 million within two months back in 2014.

Edna “Bogs” Obuyes, a former DOJ clerk, expressed her shock that her name was dragged in the accusations against her former boss.

Ex-DOJ staff defends De Lima, denies P24-M bank account

De Lima, Obuyes (Photo: Bogs Obuyes Facebook page)

President Rodrigo Duterte accused De Lima and her former driver Ronnie Dayan of being involved in the illegal drug trade allegedly conducted by drug lords inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

De Lima is also being accused of ordering Obuyes and another staff member, Jonathan Caranto, to deposit millions of drug money to their bank accounts.

Ex-DOJ staff defends De Lima, denies P24-M bank account

President Rodrigo Duterte shaking the hands of Senator Leila De Lima (Photo by Philstar.com)

According to Obuyes, she only learned about the BDO account when she was called to the office of DOJ Chief Vitaliano Aguirre II.

“Masaya po akong pumasok sa akala kong pipirma po ako ng bagong contract pero laking gulat ko na ang inihain sa harapan ko ay BDO bank receipt amounting to P24 million,” Obuyes said.

(I was happy to go to his office thinking that I would be signing a new contract but to my great surprise, what was presented to me was a BDO bank receipt amounting to P24 million.)

Ex-DOJ staff defends De Lima, denies P24-M bank account

Department of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre (Photo from gmanews.tv)

Obuyes is a contractual employee at the DOJ and her contract ended in the middle of 2016. She also pointed out that it was impossible for her to use the name “Bogs” in her bank account because that was just her nickname.

The DOJ clerk added that she denied the allegations but several sectors seem to want to make it appear as if she has turned on her former boss. “Please pray for me and for our Senator De Lima,” Obuyes said.

De Lima had challenged her detractors to file a formal case against her instead of using the media to show their supposed evidence against her.

 

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