De Lima should face drug probe – Palace

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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.

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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.

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  1. She is intelligent enough to ward off her enemies in the current government. This is a blame game that will never prosper. This is a wild goose chase. She is right even for the many citizens who are crying foul for the death of their love ones. Even DU30 is worried that the killings will be blame on him by the his enemies. De Lima is doing the right thing to investigate the killing. Her reputation is undeniably intact.

    • By reputation you mean

      Protecting Aquino’s allies from pork barrel charges ? De Lima arrested 3 opposition senators who were planning on running or influential in the past election the other 17 Aquino allies on the Napoles list no charges and allowed to keep the kickbacks.

      Zero arrests of the 44 police who were killed trying to capture or kill a bomb making terrorist.

      Prison system oversight ? Haha

      That reputation ? yea that’s intact.

  2. ALBERTO DE ESTEBAN on

    if there must be an investigation it should be for the extra judicial killing which resulted to 300 in less than a month.. De lima was initiated the raid in Bilibid which revealed the luxurious lifestyle of drug lord.. wag na natin e politika si delima.
    300 killings per month is more serious it should be investigated.

  3. Romeo Lindain on

    I totally agree, she didn’t deliver as chief justice , she should be the one in jail

  4. Leodegardo Pruna on

    Just right for de Lima to be investigated and if found guilty strap off her post as senator. She doesn’t deserve it anyway if not for P-Noy and his cohort in Smartmaic and Comelec. What a mess under P-Noy? God save the Philippines.

  5. Dapat lang talagang imbestigahan yan c Delima. Bayad ng mga druglords yan kaya lalong dumami ang drugs at lumakas ang operation nila sa bilibid. Palabas lang yung mga raid ni Delima kse tatakbo sya sa senado. Obvious naman, kahit ilang raid ginawa nila di naman naubos yung mga illegal na gamit sa loob.

  6. “That should be investigated, and she should be liable for that,” the Palace official added.
    >> Indeed. These from 2012:
    1) “UN drug report: Philippines has highest rate of shabu use in East Asia”
    By: Jerry E. Esplanada; Philippine Daily Inquirer; 06:41 PM March 27th, 2012
    2) “Philippines has highest shabu abuse rate in East Asia – UN”
    By: Abigail Kwok; InterAksyon; March 28, 2012 6:47 PM
    3) “Pinoys top shabu users in East Asia”Headlines; Philippine Star; April 1st, 2012
    4) “In East Asia, illicit manufacture of ATS [Amphetamine Type Stimulants, encompass some of the most common, well known and used drugs including Ecstasy, Speed and Base, Ice and Methamphetamine] was concentrated in Japan in the 1940s and 1950s, but subsequently moved to the Republic of Korea, Taiwan Province of China and Thailand. Nowadays, ATS manufacture is concentrated mainly in China, Myanmar and the Philippines”
    — United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC): UN World Drug Report 2012, p. 90

    Four years since, impossible that DoJ (or previous admin, in general) was not aware of these; can anyone honestly claim that the illegal drugs problem has been reduced to a non-alarming level (if at all it was reduced)?…and if not, “why not?”, considering all the resources at the previous admin’s disposal.

  7. De Lima’s as the Justice secretary for 6 years arrested who Aquino told her to and the rest of the time she protected the Liberal Party or Aquino’s allies.

    De Lima allowed the prison to produce and sell drugs, run their criminal organizations from inside the prison via cell phones and internet access. One inmate there even has a executive office complete with multiple computers. The prison was filled with automatic weapons, grenades due to her incompetence or her compliance.