Is President Rodrigo Duterte, who declared a war on illegal drugs, now allied with drug lords and convicts? This was the questioned raised by Senator Leila de Lima amid the ongoing House inquiry where several high-profile inmates implicated her in the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
“Ang mga drug lord at criminal sa Bilibid ngayon ay kakampi na ng Pangulo sa kanyang giyera sa droga,” De Lima said in a text statement. “Ni hindi napapansin ni Aguirre kung gaano na katawa-tawa ang sitwasyon nila. Ang kakampi pala ng Pangulo sa kanyang giyera sa droga ay ang mga drug lords na minsan sinabi nilang nag-ambag ng isang bilyon para ipapatay siya,” the senator added.
De Lima was referring to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, who presented the witnesses to the House committee on justice. “Ano yun? Change of heart? Napakalaki nilang mga t--nga para hindi mapansin na nagkaka-balu-baluktot na ang kanilang mga sinasabi,” De Lima said. Duterte had earlier said that the fight against illegal drugs will not stop until the last drug pusher is punished.
De Lima, a staunch critic of Duterte, had denied accusations that she received drug payoffs during her term as Justice secretary. She claims the witnesses were either pressured or tortured to speak out against her.