- Former NBI official Reynaldo Esmeralda released a CCTV footage allegedly showing then DOJ Chief Leila De Lima meeting with Janet Napoles
- Esmeralda said that he was fired by De Lima from the NBI in 2014 without due process
- He added that he was investigating De Lima’s link to the NBP drug trade before he was fired
CCTV footage allegedly showing then Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary and now Senator Leila de Lima meeting with Janet Lim Napoles – alleged as the mastermind behind the pork barrel scandal – was released by former National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Deputy Director Reynaldo Esmeralda.
According to the ex-NBI official, he has negative feelings towards De Lima for firing him and Ruel Lasala from the NBI in 2014 for allegedly being connected to Napoles. However, Esmeralda claims that the CCTV footage in his possession shows that it was De Lima who was connected to Napoles and not him.
“Illegal yung ginawa ni De Lima sa amin… Wala kaming kaso, hindi kami inimbestigahan. Wala kaming trial. Ura-urada pinalitan kami. Walang due process dun,” Esmeralda lamented.
(What De Lima did to us was illegal… There was no case filed against us, we were not investigated. We had no trial. But we were suddenly replaced. There was no due process there.)
The ex-NBI deputy director also alleged that he and Lasala also suspected before that De Lima was receiving money from the drug lords inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), just like what President Rodrigo Duterte is claiming now.
However, Esmeralda said that they were fired before they could finish their investigations at the NBP.
“Dapat natapos naming kung hindi kami inalis diyan. Kung ano ang pronouncement ng president natin, yun ang tumbok namin noon,” he said.
(We could have finished if we were not fired. What our president is pronouncing now, that was also our suspicions before.)
De Lima had denied all allegations linking her to the illegal drug trade inside the NBP. She also challenged her accusers to file a case against her so she could defend herself.