The former officials of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) who filed drug cases against Senator Leila de Lima were part of “evil forces” and were not credible, according to the female lawmaker.
“Those so called complainants, especially Esmeralda and Lasala are part of evil forces being used as weapons of my destruction,” de Lima told reporters on Friday, October 14.
“They have zero credibility, integrity,” she added.
Reynaldo Esmeralda and Ruel Lasala, former NBI deputy directors, filed complaints for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act (Republic Act 9165) against de Lima and former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officer-in-charge Rafael Ragos.
Esmeralda and Lasala claimed that de Lima and Ragos conspired in promoting illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
De Lima said that the two have bad reputations when they were still working with the NBI and they were later replaced by former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
“You can ask the decent and professional men and women of the NBI about wretched character and reputation of these former NBI officials,” she said.
“Sila ang mga sumisira noon sa imahe ng NBI,” she said.
(They were the ones destroying the image of the NBI.)
De Lima said that Esmeralda and Lasala might just want to go back in position that is why they were trying to
As of Oct. 14, there were already three drug cases filed against de Lima, including the case filed by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) last Tuesday, Oct. 11 and the one that is filed by Police Chief Jovie Espenido of Albuera, Leyte on Thursday, Oct. 13.
The VACC said that de Lima used her power as then justice secretary to promote the “massive” drug trade in the NBP while Espinido argued that de Lima has received payola from Kerwin Espinosa, suspected Eastern Visayas drug lord.
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