• DOJ to present 20 drug witnesses vs de Lima

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    The Department of Justice will present about 20 resource persons and witnesses before the congressional panel investigating the illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd said Monday.

    Aguirre is set to appear before the panel at the House of Representatives on Sept. 19 and 20.

    He said three inmates at the NBP were executing their affidavits linking Senator Leila de Lima and her former driver and alleged lover Ronnie Dayan to the illegal drugs trade at the national penitentiary.

    The House probe was sought by a group of lawmakers led by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas and Minority Leader Danilo Suarez shortly after President Rodrigo Duterte implicated de Lima to the illegal activities.
    The House Committee on Justice is expected to lead the congressional inquiry although the Committees on Public Order and Security and on Illegal Drugs may also be tapped.

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