- Senator Leila De Lima welcmed the Ombudsman's fact-finding investigation against her
- De Lima said that the Ombudsman's order for an investigation is already expected
- The senator has been linked by New Bilibid Prison inmates to illegal drug trade
Senator Leila De Lima, after being linked by witnesses to illegal drugs, welcomed the Ombudsman's order to conduct a fact-finding investigation on her alleged involvement in drug trade.
According to De Lima, she has been expecting Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales' order for the investigation concerning the drug trade. The senator said :
"The Ombudsman's decision to conduct a fact-finding investigation on the various allegations concerning the drug trade, including those that attempt to link me to said trade in the most absurd contexts, is only expected."
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"As one of the guarantees of the Constitution to assure accountability of public officers, I welcome the Ombudsman investigation, both as a regular undertaking of said office and as an opportunity for me to clear my record of any allegations of wrongdoing."
The staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte also expressed her trust in the Ombudsman and stated:
“As one of the guarantees of the Constitution to assure accountability of public officers, I welcome the Ombudsman investigation, both as a regular undertaking of said office and as an opportunity for me to clear my record of any allegations of wrongdoing.”
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While commending the Ombudsman, De Lima criticized the Naational Bureeau of Investigation (NBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) for lacking objectivity and for being the administration's instruments against ts dissenters. She further said:
“After all, at present, the Ombudsman is the most trusted and respected investigation office of the government, after both the DOJ and the NBI have proven themselves to be nothing more than instruments of the present administration against vocal dissenters to the President, such as myself.”
De Lima was linked by New Bilibid Prison inmates including suspected drug lord Kerwin Espinosa to illegal drugs.