- Senator Leila De Lima reacted to Senator Manny Pacquiao’s statement that dragged her name to illegal drug trade
- De Lima insisted that does not know alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa and neither she is a coddler of drug lords
- Pacquiao on Tuesday said that Kerwin told him De Lima has received drug money amounting to 8 million pesos
Senator Leila de lima reacted to fellow Senator Manny Pacquiao’s statement involving the former to drug activities.
"Oh my goodness gracious. So, nili-link na naman nila kay Dayan?" De Lima stated.
Pacquiao on Tuesday said that suspected drug lord Kerwin Espinosa tagged the female senator as one of the high-ranking officials who received drug money.
"Isa lang po ang nabanggit niya sa [sworn] statement niya... Na-mention niya si Leila de Lima," he said.
"Idinetalye po niya. Ayon sa kanya, sa salaysay niya ay nasa walong milyon daw po ang naibigay niya kay De Lima," Pacquiao added, noting that the money was handed to a person named Dayan.
De Lima, on the other hand, argued that it could only be another tactic of the administration to destroy her.
"Tingnan ninyo siguro yung supposedly affidavit ni Mayor Espinosa--hindi ko pa nabasa yun, but did they ever mention Ronnie Dayan before? Ngayon lang nila ulit kinakabit na naman," the former justice secretary noted.
"Dapat po nag-iisip tayo. Yang mga ganiyang moves nila, ang [purpose] na naman niya, pahihiyain ako. I'm telling you, I have not received a single centavo from Kerwin Espinosa, whether directly or indirectly, in any instance, in the same manner that I have not received a single centavo from those so-called drug lords na nag-testify, yung mga drug convicts na nag-testify sa House inquiry," De Lima furthered.
She strongly denied the accusations.
"Lahat po ito ay malaking kasinungalingan," De Lima claimed.
The lady senator maintained that she does not know Kerwin neither any of the Espinosa family.
"Sinasabi ko po sa inyo, hindi ko po siya kilala. Never ko po siyang matandaan na na-meet ko na siya o ang pamilya niya. Wala po akong kilala sa Espinosa family, including yung yumao na niyang ama," De Lima clarified.
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