House likely to file charges vs de Lima


The House Committee on Justice is expected to recommend the filing of charges against Sen. Leila de Lima over her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) when she was the secretary of Justice.

Deputy Speaker Rolando Andaya said not pressing charges against De Lima would be tantamount to ignoring the violations of the law committed during her term as Justice chief.

“Definitely, there has been a violation of the existing laws [based on the testimonies during the House Justice panel probe]. When you start stating the violations, the next question is, who violated the law? I would say it would be a challenge for them to present it [without recommending the filing of charges],” Andaya, a member of the Justice panel, told reporters in a chance interview.

The committee was supposed to release its report on the Bilibid drug probe on Monday but it was deferred to Tuesday because its members have yet to deliberate on whether or not it will recommend the filing of charges against De Lima.

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez earlier said the panel would not recommend the filing of criminal charges against the senator because the probe was done in aid of legislation.

Several inmates at the NBP claimed to have given millions to De Lima to fund her Senate campaign.
Andaya however said lawmakers should be discerning of the testimonies of the inmates.

“Members of Congress should remember that these testimonies are made by gang leaders. Everybody wants to become the leader of everyone. Of course, they will skew their testimony towards their interests,” he said.

“They should focus on proof of evidence…on why the testimony [of the inmate]is being offered,” Andaya added.

Rep. Sherwin Tugna of Citizens Battle Against Corruption party-list said the Department of Justice should further investigate the matter.

No lead

However, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said on Monday there is no lead yet that would prompt her office to investigate De Lima’s alleged links to the illegal drug trade.

“No, we have not initiated any investigation,” Morales said when asked if her agency had started probing the case.

“It’s not going to happen because lahat naman allegations itong mga ito e, wala pa namang lead talaga na (all of these are mere allegations, there is no lead) that would prompt us to initiate our investigation.”

Morales said the Department of Justice (DOJ) should be given a chance to look into the complaint filed against De Lima.

“If they believe that there is reason to conduct further investigation or for us to conduct preliminary investigation, then the case will come to us. When the case comes to us and if we believe that the fact-finding investigation is exhaustive enough to merit our preliminary investigation if there is any crime committed, then we will go through with it,” she added.


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  1. Maribel A. Calanda on

    The Committee of Justice is not doing its job if it will not recommend the filing of charges against De Lima and her co-conspirators. What would we think? That the committee just did it in aid of legislation. Do you remember that de Lima warned the committee that its members should not be called honorable and who should be called as such? de Lima? The hypocrisy of de Lima should not let go unnoticed. What is the Justice Committee afraid of? You may all be lawyers and more heads are better than one. If de Lima feels she is being persecuted, then she deserves it. She should have delicadeza and be ashamed of her criminal acts. The Justice Committee should do its part in defending the victims of this illegal trade madness that wrecked the lives of millions of Filipinos. What are you waiting for? You should recommend the filing of charges against de Lima while you have the support of the Filipino people.

  2. Talagang mapapamura ka dito kay Senator De Lima. Pinapangunahan na naman ng walang tigil na dakdak ang hindi pa naipapalabas na desisyon ng Konggreso tungkol sa alleged illegal drug corruption at bribe-taking niya mula sa mga drug lords. Sobrang-sobra na talaga ang pambubulabog na ginagawa niya sa sambayanang Pilipino.

    • Bienvenido Balugo Jr. on

      Aywan ko! Mukhang lampa ang ating konggreso, department of justice dahal nag alangan p sila n sampahan ng mga kaso c De Lima. Sa dinami dami ng mga pangyayaring klkrang druga n nag uugnay s kanya at sa mga witness ng mga kasalukuyang ofisyal ng gobyerno pati n ng ilang ofisyal ng nkraan n nagtuturo s kanya bilang pinunong protector ng mga drug lords ay di p rin buo ang loob at isipan ng gobyernong Duterte n sampahan cya ng mga kaso. Pag may usok may apoy. Sa bansang japon m dyaryo lang ang isang katiwalian n nagawa ng isa nilang ofisyal ng gobyerno ayon resign agad agad. Pero dito s atin? Nako kadiri!