MANILA - Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said there is no firm lead to probe Senator Leila de Lima for now, despite a spate of allegations on the lady senator's supposed involvement in the illegal drug trade.
"It's not going to happen. Lahat naman, allegations itong mga ito. Wala pa namang lead," said Ombudsman Morales Monday. (It's not going to happen.
All of these are just allegations. There is no lead yet.) In October 13, Jove Espenido, police chief of Albuera, Leyte, filed a complaint against De Lima before the Ombudsman-Visayas.
He accused De Lima of receiving payola from suspected Eastern Visayas drug lord Kerwin Espinosa.
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However, this has yet to reach the Ombudsman in Manila.
Ombudsman Morales said investigation will start upon receipt of a complaint.
Her office will also let the Department of Justice (DOJ) act first on other allegations against De Lima.
This includes separate drug trafficking complaints lodged by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), and former National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) deputy director Reynaldo Esmeralda and Ruel Lasala before the DOJ last week.
"If we believe there is reason to conduct further investigation, or for us to conduct preliminary investigation, then the case will come to us," said Ombudsman Morales.
"If there is any crime committed, then we will go through."
ON 'NARCO' GENERALS
Meanwhile, an Ombudsman task force is still conducting a lifestyle check on five incumbent and retired police generals allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade.
Subjects of the investigation are Deputy Director Gen. Marcelo Garbo; retired Chief Supt. and now Daanbantayan, Cebu Mayor Vicente Loot; Police Director Joel Pagdilao; and Chief Superintendents Edgardo Tinio and Bernardo Diaz.
They were the top-brass officials accused of coddling drug bigwigs. While the task force has an ongoing investigation, the Ombudsman will also wait until the PNP wraps its probe.
"It's just going to be exercise in futility if we ourselves initiate conducting (probe) because galing din sa police ang mangyayari. So, we'll just avail any investigation report from the police, if the report will reach us at all," Ombudsman Morales added.