- Kerwin Espinosa has arrived in the Philippines last week and was interviewed by Senator Manny Pacquiao
- The alleged drug lord linked De Lima to the illicit drug trade
- De Lima said she was sure that Kerwin would tag her as part of Duterte's administration's plan to defame her
Senator Manny Pacquiao revealed that the alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa linked Senator Leila De Lima to the illicit drug trade.
Last week, Senator Pacquiao talked to Kerwin after the alleged drug lord arrived in the Philippines. During the one hour interrogation, Kerwin told Pacquiao that only one Senator, De Lima, received drug money.
"Ayon sa kanyang sinabi sa akin ay si Leila de Lima," he said.
(He told me that De Lima was the person he talked to).
According to Pacquiao, Kerwin allegedly received a call from a person who identified themselves as the aide of De Lima.
"Sabi niya, paano niya masigurado na tao siya ni De Lima? In short, sabi niya, kinokotahan siya para daw sa eleksyon," he said.
Furthermore, Kerwin told Pacquiao that the alleged drug lord and De Lima were to meet in Baguio.
"Yun daw, may mga pagkakataon na nagkikita dito sa MOA saka yung tao niya, tapos pinapunta siya doon sa Baguio... Pinapunta siya sa Baguio and then doon na-meet niya mismo si De Lima and then sinabi niya nagbigay siya doon," said Pacquiao.
Kerwin said he gave a total of P8-million pesos to De Lima in staggered amounts.
As for Senator De Lima, she said she expects Kerwin to link her to the drug trade as part of President Rodrigo Duterte's administration's mastermind to malign her.
However, the authorities have released a mysterious picture of De Lima and Espinosa in Baguio, which allegedly proves the meeting between the two actually happened.
In defense of De Lima, Senator Panfilo Lacson said it is common for politicians to take pictures with the public.
"Sanay na sanay kami na lalakad lang kami d'yan, may magpa-picture. Hindi kaya ganoon ang nangyari kay Senator De Lima na nagkita sila sa Burnham, nagkataong nasa Baguio si Senator De Lima at nagpa-picture ngayon sina Kerwin?" he argued.
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