Malacañang on Saturday said Sen. Leila de Lima should be investigated for the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country, particularly at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) during her stint as Justice secretary.
Chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo said de Lima should explain why the NBP became one of the country’s drug dens.
The NBP is under the supervision of the Department of Justice.
De Lima served as justice secretary for six years during the administration of former President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
“She should be investigated because under her watch, the number of drug lords increased and the number of people involved in drugs went up,” Panelo said in a radio interview.
He said the national penitentiary in Muntinlupa turned into a “factory of drugs” during de Lima’s stint at the Justice department.
“That should be investigated, and she should be liable for that,” the Palace official added.
De Lima earlier filed a resolution urging the Senate to conduct an investigation into the killing of dozens of drug suspects.
But Panelo turned the tables on de Lima, saying that she also must be probed.
“She is seeking an investigation of extrajudicial killings without basis when she should be the one to be investigated,” Panelo said.
Presumptive Speaker Davao Del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez has also called for an investigation of De Lima over the proliferation of illegal drugs at the state penitentiary.
Alvarez said he will file a resolution seeking an investigation of De Lima and the illegal drug trade at the NBP.
It was during De Lima’s stint when the luxurious quarters of some drug lords were exposed.