• Bare financial backers, ex-Justice chief urged

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    A group advocating a clean government on Monday strongly urged former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to reveal the financiers of her senatorial bid in the name of transparency.

    Joyce Doromal, secretary-general of Laban ng Bayan Tungo sa Malinis na Pamahalaan or Laban, said her group’s demand to de Lima is to once and for all prove that she never received funds from dubious sources such asJanet Lim Napoles and drug lords at the New Bilibid Prisons.

    Doromal clarified that they are supporting the former Justice chief’s senatorial bid, the reason they want her to “come clean.”

    She is hoping that de Lima would not take her group’s demand as “offensive” or an attack
    on her bid for a Senate seat.

    Napoles, who is serving time for serious illegal detention, is facing plunder charges for allegedly conspiring with some senators and members of the House of Representatives whose Priority Development Allocation Fund or pork barrel were misused. Last month, the Sandiganbayan allowed Napoles and two lawmakers charged with plunder to post bail for lack of strong evidence. Some groups blamed De Lima for the setback, saying it was she who collated evidence against Napoles and the lawmakers when she was Justice secretary.

    Recent surveys showed that the former Justice secretary has a strong chance of making it to the so-called Magic 12 of winners in the senatorial polls.

    It is de Lima’s first attempt at seeking an elective post.

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