De Lima’s connection to drugs: For investigation
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, ordered an investigation of Senator Leila de Lima’s connection to convicted drug lords and the widespread of illegal drugs in National Bilibid Prison (NBP) when she was still the secretary of the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Even though there’s a possibility that the inter-parliamentary courtesy will be infringed in Alvarez actions, he promised to submit a resolution to conduct a congressional investigation to the Senator.
“Let us investigate why during the term of now Senator De Lima, illegal drugs in Bilibid proliferate, ‘that’s what we need to investigate,” as per Alvarez during a luncheon meeting of the members of PDP-Laban in Makati City.
Alvarez’ action follows the emerging reports linking De Lima with the convicted bank robber Herbert Colangco who is suspected to be a member of the triad and with the convicted drug lord Jaybee Sebastian.
“I will file a resolution to investigate that (to probe it),” Speaker said.
It was at the time of De Lima when the convicted drug lords live in prosperous or regal life in NBP while continuing their illegal drug operations in the country.
Solicitor General Jose Calida already announced that he will investigate De Lima because of the images presented in the media that the senator was in the booth of convict Sebastian to party.
De Lima first admitted that she was the one in the picture that went viral on social media, but next to her was Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas and not the drug lord Colangco.
In the Senate, the incoming Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III will not investigate the allegations of Calida regarding the drug lord protector if no one will file a resolution.
Pimentel said he will wait for a senator to submit a resolution, and if there is none, they will not conduct the investigation.
“If nobody files, there’s no probe,” said Pimentel.
This is what Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III also said that someone should file a resolution before they can conduct an investigation.
According to Senator Richard Gordon, this issue should be referred to the Senate Ethics Committee.
De Lima condemned the alleged actions of Calida and explained that as a former secretary of the DOJ, she attended the Management Committee (ManCom) meetings including the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) conducted within the NBP.
De Lima also said that Calida should focus more on the 150-page decision by the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal regarding the West Philippine Sea instead of being preoccupied with the “throwback” photographs.