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LEILA's CASE NOW IN THE SENATE ETHICS PANEL
[RELATED: Ethics case vs Leila to be handled in secret–Sotto]


SEPTEMBER 1 -President Duterte’s charges against Sen. Leila de Lima have reached the Senate and the charges are now being used as grounds for her expulsion from her membership as senator in the Chamber. De Lima, based on the complaint filed before the Senate ethics and privileges committee, is being accused of allegedly “collecting money through her driver from the narco-convicts at the National Penitentiary to finance her Senate electoral campaign.”  The neophyte senator is being accused of committing the following: betrayal of public trust, gross misconduct, serious misrepresentation and grievous negligence. Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, in convening yesterday’s committee following the receipt of the complaint last week, said they will decide at the next meeting whether they have jurisdiction over the case, and if so, will proceed with investigating their colleague but not before De Lima has been duly notified by furnishing her a copy of the charges against her and employ the services of a general counsel for the panel to help in deciding whether there is merit in taking up the case.“We informed the members of the committee that there is a complaint filed against a senator. We have decided to call for a general counsel and we will furnish each member a confidential copy of all the complaints.
“We have decided to keep it confidential because it might be premature publicity. So therefore, in fairness to everyone, to all concerned, we would rather to keep it confidential. We will decide if its form and substance are okay, what the committee will decide to do with it in the next meeting,” Sotto said after holding an organizational meeting with his panel members in his office. “When the reputation of a member of the Senate is at stake, there has to be a decision made by all senatots. Not just us,” he stressed. Sotto refused to discuss the contents of the said complaint, whether the accusations leveled against de Lima by the complainant, Atty. Abelardo de Jesus, in gauging the seriousness of the charges, said that this depends on one’s perspective. “I’d rather not comment,” he said. READ MORE...RELATED, Ethics case vs Leila to be handled in secret–Sotto...WATCH DE LIMA ON VIDEO...

ALSO:
Leila’s ex-driver has millions of pesos in bank account—DoJ chief Aguirre
[RELATED: Former staffer admits depositing funds for De Lima’s ex-driver]


SEPTEMBER 2 -AGUIRRE
‘De Lima told ex-staff to deposit millions of pesos in Dayan’s account’ Former Department of Justice (DoJ) staff members of Sen. Leila de Lima have begun singing like canaries, to the tune of millions of pesos having been ordered by their former boss to deposit in the bank account of Ronnie Dayan, the senator’s former driver-bodyguard, whom President Duterte alleged collected money for De Lima from convicted drug lords inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre III made this allegation after some newspapers reported that two DoJ receiving clerks, identified as Jonathan “Jong” Caranto and Edna “Bogs” Obuyes, executed affidavits stating that De Lima ordered them to deposit millions of pesos into a bank account. Aguirre said Dayan owned the bank account.Leila threatens to sue staffers
De Lima, who has taken note of this latest twist in the controversy on her alleged drug links, warned those who will stand as a party in manufacturing evidence and false claims, saying that she will not take the matter sitting down.“Do not allow yourselves to be used. I know that you are all well-behaved under the DoJ secretary and the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) director. Do not be a party to any perjury or subornation of perjury,” she said in an interview with reporters. “They know this, knowingly coming up with manufactured evidence, false testimony is a crime. It’s subornation of perjury if they still do this consciously, knowingly, that they are told to manufacture or coerced to do this and claim this as evidence. I will hold them accountable and file suits against them at some future time,” de Lima said.“It’s useless to be filing cases at this point. Where will I file it, in the DoJ?” she asked. Allegedly, one of the whistleblowers who already executed an sworn affidavit, Caranto, admitted to depositing money to the bank account of Dayan, upon orders of de Lima. “He said that he has been given money by de Lima to deposit in the account of Dayan,” Aguirre told reporters in an interview in the Senate.
Dayan was responsible for the employment of Caranto in the DoJ’s office of the secretary owing to their being province mates in Urbiztondo, Pangasinan. READ MORE...RELATED, Former staffer admits depositing funds for De Lima’s ex-driver...


ALSO: Leila warns DOJ, NBI chiefs on perjury

[RELATED: DOJ chief - 6 witnesses vs De Lima surface]


SEPTEMBER 2 -Responding to the latest claims about her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade, Sen. Leila de Lima expressed confidence that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has nothing against her that would hold water legally. MIKE AMOROSO
 Sen. Leila de Lima yesterday warned Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Dante Gierran against being parties to perjury by manufacturing evidence against her or she would be forced to file charges against them. Responding to the latest claims about her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade, De Lima expressed confidence that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has nothing against her that would hold water legally. She maintained that all the things coming out were lies and fabrications. Two employees of the DOJ’s Office of the Secretary have reportedly presented themselves as possible witnesses against De Lima, which the senator strongly denounced. Based on the information relayed to her by her sources, De Lima said Jong Caranto and Bogs Obuyes, who were clerks in her office when she was DOJ chief, recently met with Aguirre and were subsequently brought to the NBI. She said the two were confronted with information about the existence of bank accounts under their names with deposits amounting in the millions. “Of course they were shocked… I think they denied it… I was not able to talk to them. Someone just told me that they were being asked to admit that they got accounts with deposit slips in certain millions, whether it (was) P4 million or something and they were being made to confess that (it came) from the drug lords, drug convicts were being coursed through these. Jesus Christ!” De Lima said in an interview with reporters at the Senate. From what she heard, De Lima said the DOJ and NBI failed to get the two to execute affidavits. “You better ask the NBI if that was true. I don’t think that is true. So I think that is part of their psy-war, part of what they are doing to me,” she said. In a separate interview, Aguirre said the two executed affidavits and they came out voluntarily. “Nobody forced them… The two want to clear their names,” Aguirre said. He said that the two even agreed to subject themselves to a lie detector test in relation to their execution of affidavits. De Lima said she was certain the affidavits mentioned by Aguirre were manufactured. “Unless they (clerks) were very much coerced, under extreme pressure but I don’t believe that. I still would like to think that whoever are those assigned to do all of this in the NBI are not like that. I still trust the NBI as an institution. I have high regard for the current director, I know him to be a decent and conscientious guy,” De Lima said. “My appeal to Secretary Aguirre, to the NBI director, please do not allow yourselves to be used. I know that you are sensible officials… Do not be party to any perjury or subornation of perjury,” the senator said. READ MORE...RELATED, DOJ chief: 6 witnesses vs De Lima surface...

ALSO: There’ll be hell to pay, Leila warns Aguirre
[RELATED COMMENTARY: Leila de Lima - A ‘trapo’ of the worst kind]


SEPTEMBER 2 -Senator Leila de Lima leaving after her speech as the Rotary Club of Manila's guest of honor and speaker in Manila Polo Club, Makati City. INQUIRER PHOTO/LYN RILLON
Sen. Leila de Lima on Thursday said that she would one day hold Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II and her other accusers answerable for “fabricating” evidence that would link her to the illegal drug trade. De Lima also aired concerns that her phones had been tapped, confronting Aguirre and the Philippine National Police leadership about her suspicion during a hearing at the Senate. Angered by De Lima’s investigation of extrajudicial killings in his brutal war on drugs, President Duterte recently publicly linked the senator to illegal drugs, alleging that her former driver, Ronnie Dayan, whom he described as also her lover, collected payoffs for her from convicted drug lords being held at New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City. “My appeal to Secretary Aguirre and the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) is to not allow [themselves] to be used. I know you are decent officials. Do not be a party to perjury or the subornation of perjury,” De Lima said in a talk with reporters later. “They know that knowingly coming out with fabricated evidence or false testimony is a crime, a subornation of perjury,” she said. De Lima, a former justice secretary who busted the drug trade at NBP in 2014, faced Aguirre during a Senate committee hearing on bills related to illegal drugs on Thursday, but did not raise the allegations against her during the proceedings. “If they continue to do that consciously, to knowingly manufacture and force so-called evidence, then I will hold them answerable in some future time. It is useless to be filing cases at this point. Where do I file that? The DOJ (Department of Justice)?” she told reporters outside the hearing. Two former members of De Lima’s staff at the DOJ and an inmate at Bilibid reportedly executed affidavits detailing her alleged participation in the drug trade inside the national penitentiary. READ MORE...RELATED,
Leila de Lima: A ‘trapo’ of the worst kind...

ALSO:
DoJ chief confident of raps vs Leila, seeks AMLC assistance
[RELATED: Aguirre: DOJ under De Lima ‘suppressed’ evidence vs. other politicians in ‘pork’ scam]


SEPTEMBER 3 -EX-STAFFER OF DE LIMA RECANTS Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II expressed confidence that Malacañang will be able to prosecute former Secretary of Justice now Sen. Leila de Lima, President Duterte’s leading critic in its policy of state-sanctioned murder of drug suspects. Aguirre bared that the Department of Justice (DoJ) is set to seek assistance from the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to look deeper into the bank accounts allegedly being used as conduits for drugs money by several individuals with links to De Lima and her former driver and alleged lover Ronnie Dayan. Aguirre issued this statement after a former staff member of De Lima denied having P24 million in a bank account under her name and recanted her having any bank account containing P24 million, as earlier reported, not even owninng any account, including her personal account. Edna “Bogs” Obuyes, a clerkassigned at the Office of Justice Secretary, took to Facebook to dispute reports that P24 million went into the account in March and April 2014. A widely read major broadsheet reported cash deposits were allegedly made to the account of “Bogs C. Obuyes” on March 7, 2014 (P4.8 million), March 21, 2014 (P7.2 million), April 4, 2014 (P2.6 million), April 18, 2014 (P4.8 million) and April 24, 2014 (P4.6 million). copies of Banco de Oro deposit slips were published. Last Thursday, at the Senate, Aguirre refused to confirm the authenticity of the copies of bank transactions published in broadsheets Friday. “We are still verifying those deposit slips published. We don’t want to confirm anything until everything has been verified,” he said. The former clerk of de Limadenied this, insisting that it was not possible for her to open an account using her nickname. Obuyes also claimed that a statement she signed was not prepared by her, saying all she was asked to do was to sign a prepared statement. The DoJ chief said Obuyes should deny her claims in writing, which could get her charged for perjury, should her denials prove false. Aguirre: Leila’s people behind disinformation spread The Justice Secretary yesterday accused the “people behind” the senator of spreading disinformation to shift the public’s attention from allegations that she protected drug syndicates operating inside the New Bilibid Prison. Aguirre made the statement after Obuyes, denied on her FaceBook account that she executed an affidavit to pin down de Lima. “We are just at the initial stage of building the case. The reported P24 million and the copies of the check were not authorized for release,” Aguirre said in a press conference, referring to the release of alleged deposit slips to the media.READ MORE..RELATED, Aguirre: DOJ under De Lima ‘suppressed’ evidence vs. politicians in ‘pork’ scam...

ALSO: Leila agrees to suspend Senate probe of killings
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De Lima did not set a date for the third hearing, but it is likely to be held after Rody returns from Asean meet on Sept. 9.]
[RELATED: CNN Christiane Amanpour's separate video interviews with Cayetano and DeLima]


SEPTEMBER 2 -Senator Leila de Lima as the Rotary Club of Manila’s guest of honor and speaker in Manila Polo Club, Makati City. INQUIRER PHOTO/LYN RILLON
Sen. Leila de Lima has decided to suspend her committee’s inquiry into extrajudicial killings in the government’s war on drugs while President Duterte is traveling abroad. Mr. Duterte leaves next week to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit in Laos and to visit Brunei and Indonesia, on his first international trip as the leader of the Philippines. Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Mr. Duterte’s defeated vice presidential running mate in May’s national elections, on Wednesday called for a suspension of the Senate committee on justice and human rights’ inquiry into the government-sanctioned war on drugs that has taken the lives of nearly 2,000 people while the President is abroad. “If their concern is that [the President] might get embarrassed, in the spirit of good faith, I am willing,” De Lima, the committee chair, said on Thursday. “I’m always in good faith. They’re the ones always trying to misconstrue my words and my actions,” said De Lima, who is under attack from Mr. Duterte and his allies in the House of Representatives for investigating the extrajudicial killings. Her committee has held two hearings and is supposed to continue hearing testimony from witnesses on Sept. 5. De Lima did not set a date for the third hearing, but it is likely to be held after Mr. Duterte returns on Sept. 9. READ MORE...RELATED,
CNN Christiane Amanpour's separate video interviews with Cayetano and DeLima...


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Leila’s case now in the Senate ethics panel

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 5, 2016 (TRIBUNE) Written by Angie M. Rosales Wednesday, 31 August 2016 00:00 - President Duterte’s charges against Sen. Leila de Lima have reached the Senate and the charges are now being used as grounds for her expulsion from her membership as senator in the Chamber.

De Lima, based on the complaint filed before the Senate ethics and privileges committee, is being accused of allegedly “collecting money through her driver from the narco-convicts at the National Penitentiary to finance her Senate electoral campaign.”

The neophyte senator is being accused of committing the following: betrayal of public trust, gross misconduct, serious misrepresentation and grievous negligence.


SOTTO

Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, in convening yesterday’s committee following the receipt of the complaint last week, said they will decide at the next meeting whether they have jurisdiction over the case, and if so, will proceed with investigating their colleague but not before De Lima has been duly notified by furnishing her a copy of the charges against her and employ the services of a general counsel for the panel to help in deciding whether there is merit in taking up the case.

“We informed the members of the committee that there is a complaint filed against a senator. We have decided to call for a general counsel and we will furnish each member a confidential copy of all the complaints.

“We have decided to keep it confidential because it might be premature publicity. So therefore, in fairness to everyone, to all concerned, we would rather to keep it confidential. We will decide if its form and substance are okay, what the committee will decide to do with it in the next meeting,” Sotto said after holding an organizational meeting with his panel members in his office.

“When the reputation of a member of the Senate is at stake, there has to be a decision made by all senatots. Not just us,” he stressed.

Sotto refused to discuss the contents of the said complaint, whether the accusations leveled against de Lima by the complainant, Atty. Abelardo de Jesus, in gauging the seriousness of the charges, said that this depends on one’s perspective.

“I’d rather not comment,” he said.

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The complaint, a copy of which had been obtained by the Tribune, did not provide any new information other than what of which the President has publicly accused de Lima.

The lawyer-complainant was quick to dismiss any impression of his possible links with Malacañang, saying that he has been apolitical all his life and even voted for the senator in the last May 9 elections.

De Jesus himself said in his two-page affidavit that the basis of his complaint is the speech of the President delivered last August 17 during the 115th Police Service Anniversary in Camp Crame wherein the senator was accused of being on the take of drug money from convicted drug lords on the New Bilibid Prion (NBP).

“Considering that this very serious charge against the respondent was hurled by no less than the President of the Republic of the Philippines, there is no reason to doubt its veracity and the grounds therefore.

“Thus, I plead before the Senate ethics committee to request the Office of the President for these evidentiary matters to warrant and justify the penalty sought to be imposed against respondent,” he said.

“Based on the President’s summation, respondent failed to uphold these attributes of a public officer earlier as secretary of the Department of Justice (DoJ) and now as a senator of the country tantamount to betrayal of public trust, gross misconduct and serious negligence in the performance of official duties as a public officer


Senator Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III (left) said any ethics complaint against Sen. Leila de Lima will be handled with secrecy. INQUIRER FILES

“Wherefore premises considered, after affording respondent due process and hearing, it is respectfully prayed that respondent be expelled as a member of the Philippine Senate,” he added.

The complainant took it upon himself to be the proper party to lodge the case, saying that his only objective is to help the present government in its campaign against illegal drugs and to remove from public office those who have benefited from the nefarious trading of illegal drugs.

“Hence, the filing of this complaint is not motivated by bias, partisanship and hatred toward the respondent,” de Jesus said.

He further said that had the issue against de Lima surfaced during the campaign period, he would not have voted for her.

“So to correct my mistake, it is even expected by way of payback to protect them where such action is surely detrimental to public interest,” he said.

“As a senatorial candidate, respondent stated in her certificate of candidacy that she is of good moral character, which, as shown lately, was plain and simple perjury or serious misrepresentation. This is a valid ground to justify her expulsion from the Senate.

“Public office is a public trust. Officers and employees must at all times be accountable to the people, serve them with utmost responsibility, integrity, loyalty and efficiency, act with patriotism and justice and lead modest lives,” De Jesus said.

While the allegations against de Lima appeared to have supposedly been committed before she became a senator, over which the ethics committee has no jurisdiction to look into, Sotto said it could be another case if it concerns a “continuing issue.”

“If there are other issues in the complaint, then therefore it’s another thing. That is why it is not easy for us to just take over jurisdiction or to dismiss because of the underlying factors,” Sotto said.

In keeping the said complaint confidential, the ethics committee chair said they do not want to be accused of subjecting their colleague to a trial by publicity.

“Besides, the decision earlier by the committee is that, if ever we’re going to decide on anything that will relate to the complaint, we will make sure that all seven members are present and if the decision of the committee is to proceed with the hearing of the complaint, then we will summon the complainant,” the senator said.

VIDEO: DUTERTE - Why expose De Lima's 'relationship' with her driver?

 
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Ethics case vs Leila to be handled in secret–Sotto SHARES: 1648 VIEW COMMENTS By: Tarra Quismundo @TarraINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer 02:28 AM August 31st, 2016


Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III (INQUIRER FILE PHOTO)

THE SENATE ethics committee has taken up a complaint filed by a lawyer against Sen. Leila de Lima but panel members agreed to keep the proceedings secret.

They were also given “homework” to study the complaint and decide if they had jurisdiction over the case.

Sen. Tito Sotto, chair of the committee on ethics and privileges, said the members were apprised of the complaint on Tuesday and they all agreed to keep the proceedings confidential.

Senators Gregorio Honasan, Panfilo Lacson and Risa Hontiveros attended a brief organizational meeting on Tuesday afternoon in Sotto’s office.

This is the first case against a colleague the committee will investigate in the 17th Congress. The complaint—filed by lawyer Abelardo de Jesus last week—cited De Lima’s alleged drug links as alleged by President Duterte.

The President and the senator have been at odds since De Lima initiated a Senate investigation into the government’s bloody war against illegal drugs which has resulted in the extrajudicial killing of hundreds of drug suspects.

De Jesus said he did not have personal knowledge of the allegations but believed the ethics committee was the “proper forum” for investigating the case.

“We informed the members officially that there was a complaint filed against a senator. We decided to keep it confidential because it might be premature publicity,” Sotto told reporters after the meeting on Tuesday.

Sought her reaction, De Lima said the complaint was “again just one of those harassment tactics being hurled against me.” She said there were other things being done to taint her name, but she was not about to disclose them.

“…[T]hey have been destroying my character, my reputation, etc. And maybe they’re trying to break my spirit, but they will never succeed. That will not happen,” she said.

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TRIBUNE

Leila’s ex-driver has millions of pesos in bank account—DoJ chief
Written by Angie M. Rosales Friday, 02 September 2016 00:00


AGUIRRE

‘De Lima told ex-staff to deposit millions of pesos in Dayan’s account’

Former Department of Justice (DoJ) staff members of Sen. Leila de Lima have begun singing like canaries, to the tune of millions of pesos having been ordered by their former boss to deposit in the bank account of Ronnie Dayan, the senator’s former driver-bodyguard, whom President Duterte alleged collected money for De Lima from convicted drug lords inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre III made this allegation after some newspapers reported that two DoJ receiving clerks, identified as Jonathan “Jong” Caranto and Edna “Bogs” Obuyes, executed affidavits stating that De Lima ordered them to deposit millions of pesos into a bank account.

Aguirre said Dayan owned the bank account.

Leila threatens to sue staffers

De Lima, who has taken note of this latest twist in the controversy on her alleged drug links, warned those who will stand as a party in manufacturing evidence and false claims, saying that she will not take the matter sitting down.“Do not allow yourselves to be used. I know that you are all well-behaved under the DoJ secretary and the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) director. Do not be a party to any perjury or subornation of perjury,” she said in an interview with reporters.

“They know this, knowingly coming up with manufactured evidence, false testimony is a crime. It’s subornation of perjury if they still do this consciously, knowingly, that they are told to manufacture or coerced to do this and claim this as evidence. I will hold them accountable and file suits against them at some future time,” de Lima said.

“It’s useless to be filing cases at this point. Where will I file it, in the DoJ?” she asked.

Allegedly, one of the whistleblowers who already executed an sworn affidavit, Caranto, admitted to depositing money to the bank account of Dayan, upon orders of de Lima.

“He said that he has been given money by de Lima to deposit in the account of Dayan,” Aguirre told reporters in an interview in the Senate.

Dayan was responsible for the employment of Caranto in the DoJ’s office of the secretary owing to their being province mates in Urbiztondo, Pangasinan.

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Aguirre said they are still in the process of investigating the alleged existence of bank deposits made based on the supposed affidavit of Caranto.

Aguirre admitted to having convinced Caranto and another staff member who worked under de Lima and remains an employee of the DoJ, Edna Obuyes to execute an affidavit but did not pressure them into doing so.

“I talked to her and she said she was not pressured to testify. They have an affidavit No one coerced them into coming up with their affidavits.. This was all done voluntarily because they want to clear their names. They also volunteered to undergo a lie detector test,” he said.

“The investigation is not over if there are limks to her (de Lima) or not,” he added.

The DoJ chief would not confirm reports that an inmate in the NBP identified as Melvin Galang was also allegedly coerced to execute an affidavit as well implicate the senator in the illegal drugs trade.

“I cannot answer that as yet. But there are several persons in NBP, at least no less than six. Actually I haven’t seen their affidavits but they will be executing affidavit on the corruption that happens in the NBP,” he stressed.

Leila admits two witnesses were her ex-staffers

Leila admitted that two are former staffers and receiving clerks but she has had no contact with them lately.

“That’s (their allegations) an entire fabrication, the existence of accounts. I don’t think those two would have those accounts.” saying they would be instant millionaires and that this was not her (de Lima is)doing, adding that she had not asked anyone to open an account for her and make it a conduit for the deposits from alleged drug lords. This is too much, she said.

De Lima said these personalities could have been floated to enable the inquiry against her in the House of Representatives to be sustained.

“They are already in a panic mode. They know they have nothing. So now, they are rushing fabricated evidence,” she stressed.
De Lima said claims of acts of harassments were not only directed at her but even former employees and the case of Caranto and Obuyes based on the information that reached her.

The two were supposedly brought to the NBI and made to confront and admit certain information such as that they maintain bank accounts and certain millions of pesos, citing sources who had told her of this, saying that they (the two staffers) have accounts with deposit slips containing certain millions, whether it is P4 million or something and they have been forced to admit that it was I who gave the money from the drug lords, drug convicts, Jesus Christ!

Sources Caranto and Obuyes were allegedly forced to sign a prepared affidavit that says that de Lima asked them to deposit millions to a Banco de Oro (BDO) account, the same with Galang whose relatives claimed he was “convinced” to issue an affidavit to implicate the senator to the drug trade within New Bilibid Prisons (NBP).

In the resumption of the hearing of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs on wiretapping and drug prevention, De Lima bared that her mobile phone is being wiretapped for quite some time now and confronted concerned authorities on this matter, saying she is not a terrorist, for her phones to be bugged.

“Your honor I am also suspecting that my celfone is being tapped. We’re the same,” PNP Director-General Ronad “Bato” dela Rosa said, adding that he does not have any idea who could be behind any wiretapping activities as they have no capability in carrying it out.

“I wish I have that capability,” Dela Rosa said, when asked by committee chair, Sen. Panfilo Lacson if they have any equipment that is capable of intercepting electronic communications or gadgets, similar to the “Hello Garci tapes” scandal.

Lacson, in an interview after the hearing, said he’s not convinced with the answer of Dela Rosa.

Despite being supposedly wiretapped, De Lima said she would not oppose amendments to the Anti-Wiretapping Law provided that it will be for a very legitimate public purpose and constitutionally permissible.

Sandra Cam lying?

Sandra Cam is lying, accused Commission on Appointments (CA) secretary Hector Villacorta yesterday, negating her claims that she was prevented from supposedly speaking about what she knows of the drug links of Sen. Leila de Lima, of which she alleged to be aware of as early as five years ago.

Cam, who stood as oppositor in the confirmation of de Lima when she was still DoJ chief claimed that she was blocked by Senators Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel, Franklin Drilon and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas from proceeding with her issues against the then Cabinet official.

While CA records would bear them out that Cam’s claims were unsubstantiated, Villacorta said “there’s nothing in her sworn affidavit which even remotely indicates any reference to Cam’s rather belated allegations regarding de Lima’s alleged corrupt activities and links to convicted drug lords at the NBP (New Bilibid Prisons).”

“I cannot say when Cam found out about the alleged links between NBP drug lords and de Lima as it was not mentioned in the (CA committee) hearings in 2014,” he said.

Cam could have submitted a supplemental affidavit if she indeed has personal knowledge on the facts and circumstances against de Lima’s alleged drug links and the purported existence of shabu factory inside NBP.

“I make no conclusions on why Cam is saying what she says right now. But I can definitely say that existing records of the CA do not support her story that Pimentel, Drilon and Fariñas blocked her from talking about de Lima,” Villacorta emphasized.

Cam limited her allegations to De Lima’s supposed unjustifiable inaction and gross incompetence in pursuing cases lodged before the DoJ, incompetence as chair of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), failure to afford protection to civil liberties such as media killings, lack of political will in resolving cases such as the failure to capture then fugitive former Palawan Gov. Mario Reyes and her controversial private life.

But Cam was indeed barred from testifying against de Lima on the issue of her alleged sex photo with her driver-bodyguard.
“Cam was given more than enough time and was not prevented from blocking the confirmation of de Lima,” Villacorta insisted, citing records of Cam’s appearance in the CA’s two-hour hearing on June 4, 2014.

Besides being allowed to read her opening statement which took about 30 minutes, Villacorta said she was given ample time to deliver her “goods” against then DoJ chief “but did not do so.”

She was also allowed to verbally respond to the answers given by De Lima.

“The fact that she was able to speak in the CA shows that nobody blocked her from speaking or testifying during the confirmation proceedings against De Lima,” he said.

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A former staffer of Senator Leila De Lima confirmed on Friday that in several instances, he deposited money in the account of her ex-driver Ronnie Dayan.

Jonathan Caranto, in his affidavit submitted to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), said there were at least six instances that he can recall where the senator ordered him to deposit funds in Dayan’s Landbank account.

“Noong nalipat na ako sa DOJ, paminsan minsan inuutusan ako ni Sec. De Lima na magdeposito ng pera sa Landbank account ni Ronnie at ito ay nagkakahalaga ng P20,000 hanggang P60,000 (When I was transferred to DOJ, I was sometimes ordered by Sec. De Lima to deposit money in Ronnie’s Landbank account which amounted from P20,000 to P60,000),” he said in his affidavit.

Caranto said he is a distant relative of Dayan. He said he was hired at the DOJ on Dayan’s recommendation.

In the same affidavit, he also denied having over P24-million bank account at Banco De Oro.

Caranto was mentioned in President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug matrix.

HONEST WITNESS

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said he was surprised when he learned that Caranto works at his office.

Aguirre said he talked to Caranto and asked him if he is willing to clear his name to which he agreed.

Caranto then went to the NBI and executed an affidavit.

He also underwent a lie detector test and passed.

“Yan ang mark ng (That the mark of an) honest witness,” Aguirre said.

Aguirre said they are still in the process of verification of the deposit slips and the source of the funds given to Dayan.

“We are at the initial stage of investigation,” Aguirre said but noted that the information is pouring from various sources. RAM/rga


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Leila warns DOJ, NBI chiefs on perjury By Marvin Sy (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 2, 2016 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0


Responding to the latest claims about her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade, Sen. Leila de Lima expressed confidence that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has nothing against her that would hold water legally. MIKE AMOROSO


MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Leila de Lima yesterday warned Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Dante Gierran against being parties to perjury by manufacturing evidence against her or she would be forced to file charges against them.

Responding to the latest claims about her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade, De Lima expressed confidence that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has nothing against her that would hold water legally.

She maintained that all the things coming out were lies and fabrications.

Two employees of the DOJ’s Office of the Secretary have reportedly presented themselves as possible witnesses against De Lima, which the senator strongly denounced.

Based on the information relayed to her by her sources, De Lima said Jong Caranto and Bogs Obuyes, who were clerks in her office when she was DOJ chief, recently met with Aguirre and were subsequently brought to the NBI.

She said the two were confronted with information about the existence of bank accounts under their names with deposits amounting in the millions.

“Of course they were shocked… I think they denied it… I was not able to talk to them. Someone just told me that they were being asked to admit that they got accounts with deposit slips in certain millions, whether it (was) P4 million or something and they were being made to confess that (it came) from the drug lords, drug convicts were being coursed through these. Jesus Christ!” De Lima said in an interview with reporters at the Senate.

From what she heard, De Lima said the DOJ and NBI failed to get the two to execute affidavits.

“You better ask the NBI if that was true. I don’t think that is true. So I think that is part of their psy-war, part of what they are doing to me,” she said.

In a separate interview, Aguirre said the two executed affidavits and they came out voluntarily.

“Nobody forced them… The two want to clear their names,” Aguirre said.

He said that the two even agreed to subject themselves to a lie detector test in relation to their execution of affidavits.

De Lima said she was certain the affidavits mentioned by Aguirre were manufactured.

“Unless they (clerks) were very much coerced, under extreme pressure but I don’t believe that. I still would like to think that whoever are those assigned to do all of this in the NBI are not like that. I still trust the NBI as an institution. I have high regard for the current director, I know him to be a decent and conscientious guy,” De Lima said.

“My appeal to Secretary Aguirre, to the NBI director, please do not allow yourselves to be used. I know that you are sensible officials… Do not be party to any perjury or subornation of perjury,” the senator said.

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De Lima stressed the two officials would know that coming up “with manufactured evidence, false testimony is a crime.”

“…it’s subornation of perjury (but) if they will continue to do that consciously, knowingly they will manufacture or force so-called evidence when they are not supposed to, then I will make them responsible in some future time,” she added.

Aguirre said Caranto was part of the matrix presented by President Duterte on the drug links within the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

The matrix showed De Lima at the top with her former driver, bodyguard and alleged lover, Ronnie Dayan.

In between De Lima and Dayan in the matrix was Jonathan Cardeso Caranto, apparently the Jong Caranto who would reportedly testify against the senator.

Aguirre quoted Caranto as saying De Lima provided him with money, which he deposited to the account of Dayan.

He said that it was Dayan who helped get Caranto into the DOJ. Before working at the DOJ, Caranto was said to be among the staff of De Lima at the Commission on Human Rights when she was still its commissioner.

Aguirre said that the statements made by the potential witnesses were currently being investigated by the DOJ.

“The investigation is not yet complete so we want to see how De Lima is linked, if ever she will be linked,” Aguirre said.

Apart from Caranto and Obuyes, Aguirre said there were at least six personalities from the NBP who also executed affidavits about the corruption within the national penitentiary.

Aguirre admitted that he has not seen the affidavits and so he could not say if they were linking De Lima to the corrupt practices inside the NBP.

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DOJ chief: 6 witnesses vs De Lima surface Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News Posted at Aug 25 2016 03:26 PM | Updated as of Aug 30 2016 11:05 AM


Justice Sec.Vitaliano Aguirre on evidence vs. Sen. Leila De Lima: Bumabaha ang impormasyon. | via @adrianayalin 11:30 PM - 24 Aug 2016 · National Capital Region, Republic of the Philippines

MANILA - Six witnesses have surfaced to prove Senator Leila de Lima's alleged role in the proliferation of drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said Thursday.

Aguirre said the Department of Justice (DOJ) is in the process of taking the affidavits of six witnesses, including NBP guards, inmates and former friends of De Lima.

"Bumabaha ang information, volunteered information ha," he said.

President Duterte himself earlier accused De Lima of receiving campaign funds from drug lords at the NBP, through her former driver, who is also her alleged lover, when she was still justice secretary.

Duterte on Thursday also tagged De Lima and six other officials in a matrix that shows their supposed involvement in the narcotics trade.

But Aguirre said the DOJ investigation will not focus on De Lima or any specific personality alone, but rather on why drugs proliferated inside the NBP under the Aquino administration.

The DOJ, he said, has also discovered several bank accounts where supposed drug funds were deposited, although their direct link with De Lima has yet to be established.

"Yung pinag-depositohan hindi sa pangalan niya basta sinabi nila dun dineposito sa account na 'yun," said Aguirre. (The bank accounts were not under de Lima's name but witnesses said drug money is deposited there.)

He added that the evidence against De Lima will be used in a House inquiry on the alleged rampant illegal activities at the state penitentiary.

De Lima, he said, may be charged with graft and drug-related grafts once the DOJ verifies the information against her.
The senator has denied the charges against her and branded Duterte's drug matrix as "laughable."


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There’ll be hell to pay, Leila warns DOJ chief 1825 VIEW COMMENTS By: Tarra Quismundo @TarraINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:37 AM September 2nd, 2016


Senator Leila de Lima leaving after her speech as the Rotary Club of Manila's guest of honor and speaker in Manila Polo Club, Makati City. INQUIRER PHOTO/LYN RILLON

Sen. Leila de Lima on Thursday said that she would one day hold Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II and her other accusers answerable for “fabricating” evidence that would link her to the illegal drug trade.

De Lima also aired concerns that her phones had been tapped, confronting Aguirre and the Philippine National Police leadership about her suspicion during a hearing at the Senate.

Angered by De Lima’s investigation of extrajudicial killings in his brutal war on drugs, President Duterte recently publicly linked the senator to illegal drugs, alleging that her former driver, Ronnie Dayan, whom he described as also her lover, collected payoffs for her from convicted drug lords being held at New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City.

“My appeal to Secretary Aguirre and the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) is to not allow [themselves] to be used. I know you are decent officials. Do not be a party to perjury or the subornation of perjury,” De Lima said in a talk with reporters later.

“They know that knowingly coming out with fabricated evidence or false testimony is a crime, a subornation of perjury,” she said.

De Lima, a former justice secretary who busted the drug trade at NBP in 2014, faced Aguirre during a Senate committee hearing on bills related to illegal drugs on Thursday, but did not raise the allegations against her during the proceedings.

“If they continue to do that consciously, to knowingly manufacture and force so-called evidence, then I will hold them answerable in some future time. It is useless to be filing cases at this point. Where do I file that? The DOJ (Department of Justice)?” she told reporters outside the hearing.

Two former members of De Lima’s staff at the DOJ and an inmate at Bilibid reportedly executed affidavits detailing her alleged participation in the drug trade inside the national penitentiary.

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The witnesses, who Aguirre on Thursday maintained were not coerced but instead volunteered information, claimed that De Lima ordered them to deposit millions of pesos in drug money to certain bank accounts. The accounts were not under her name, they said.

‘Kangaroo court’

The witnesses are also being questioned at a House inquiry into the proliferation of illegal drugs at Bilibid under the previous administration.

De Lima has refused to face the House inquiry, calling it Mr. Duterte’s “kangaroo court” that has no legislative bearing.

De Lima found the contents of the affidavits incredible, saying she received information the day prior to the report that her former staffers were being forced to link her to the drug trade at Bilibid.

“Of course, they were surprised and I think they denied it. I have not spoken to them. Somebody just told me that they are being made to admit that they have accounts with millions in deposits,” De Lima said, adding that the allegations were part of the “lies and madness” being publicized against her.

“And they were being made to admit that I ordered them to open those accounts through which I coursed money from drug lords and drug convicts. Jesus Christ,” she said.

She called the allegations “a fabrication.”

“I don’t think those two would have those accounts. If so, then they are instant millionaires. Then, number two, certainly, that’s not my doing. I did not ask anyone to open an account for me and make a conduit from the deposits from alleged drug lords,” she said.

“This is too much. They might already be in a panic. They know they have nothing (against me). So now they’re rushing the fabrication and manufacture of so-called evidence,” she said.

Wiretapping

During a hearing led by the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs, De Lima told DOJ and Philippine National Police officials that she believed her phones had been tapped.

“What is the legitimate purpose being served? Am I a terrorist? Is it because I am being accused as a coddler [of drug lords]? Let us not fool each other,” De Lima said.

PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa broke the tension, saying: “Me too, I have also suspected that my cell phone is being tapped.”

Dela Rosa said the PNP had no capability to eavesdrop on electronic communication, telling De Lima that only “foreigners” had such a capability.

“We have no control over technology. We have foreigners. . . they can monitor our conversations from a faraway place,” he said.

Later in an interview, De Lima said she believed her phones had long been tapped, even before she was elected to the Senate.

She said she had no particular suspect in mind, but implied doubts about Dela Rosa’s testimony that the PNP had no wiretapping capability.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson, a former PNP chief, was also incredulous, saying the police force during his time already had wiretapping capability.

“Who’s violating the law here? Who’s violating my rights? Especially my right to privacy? But you know I tend to be careful. I’m very cautious now. Sometimes I get paranoid with the gravity of what they’re doing to me,” De Lima said.

Usual suspects

Asked about the matter in an interview, Dela Rosa said: “[We’re the] usual suspect. Even if she suspects us, there is nothing because we don’t have that capability.”

Addressing members of the Rotary Club of Manila later on Thursday, De Lima said President Duterte must be very angry with the DOJ because it could not “decently fabricate evidence” against her.

De Lima said Mr. Duterte had become obsessed with destroying her.

“It is as if he is afraid that if he cannot destroy me and pin me down, with all the government machinery and executive power behind them, they would simply look like impotent fools before a defenseless woman whom they have dishonored and maligned,” she said. With a report from Erika Sauler

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Leila de Lima: A ‘trapo’ of the worst kind posted April 26, 2016 at 12:01 am by Victor Avecilla


 by Victor Avecilla

Leila De Lima is the ex-Secretary of Justice running for the Senate unDer the moribund Liberal Party of President Benigno Aquino III. Since De Lima is offering her services to the electorate, voters must be told about her track record as a government official.

De Lima began her public career as the head of the Commission on Human Rights where she did nothing outstanding enough to be remembered for.

It’s De Lima’s record as the secretary of Justice that invites scrutiny.

There are many occasions when a party is unjustly accused in court for an alleged criminal offense.

To prevent injustice, the accused is permitted by law to seek relief from the department of Justice by filing a petition for review. If the petition is granted, the accused can readily seek the dismissal of the criminal case against him. Otherwise, the accused can take his case to the higher courts.

Unfortunately, the DoJ takes a long time to act on those petitions.

Under De Lima’s predecessors, it takes at least a year before the petition is resolved. When De Lima was the DoJ secretary, the wait lasted for many years. Many of those petitions were not acted upon even when De Lima left her DoJ post almost six years since she assumed office in 2010.

Since there are many lawyers in the DoJ assigned to work on those petitions, the undue delay in their resolution is inexcusable. Moreover, there are no complicated questions of law raised in those petitions. All that needs to be done is for a DoJ lawyer to go through the records of each case and recommend to De Lima if the petition is meritorious or not.

Justice delayed is justice denied.

Thus, the delay of several years in resolving those petitions is already a crime in itself. As the secretary of Justice, De Lima should have cracked the whip to make her hirelings resolve those petitions with minimum delay. She did not do so.

Actually, De Lima can see to the speedy resolution of a case by giving it preferential attention. That’s called selective justice.

Last year, the Iglesia Ni Cristo religious group accused De Lima of selective justice. According to the INC, De Lima was unduly interested in a criminal case which an INC minister filed against certain high-ranking INC officials. The INC was so angry with De Lima that its officials organized a protest rally, first outside the DoJ head office in Manila, and later at the Edsa-Shaw Boulevard intersection in Mandaluyong.

A number of traditional politicians like Grace Poe and Chiz Escudero who saw the INC rally as a means to court the votes of its members insisted on speaking there. They were accommodated probably out of courtesy.

Anyway, the rally enDed after President Aquino and INC leaders supposedly reached a Deal.

Although the INC issued statements suggesting that the Aquino administration gave in to its Demands, the president’s publicists insisted otherwise, but they did not explain how and why the standoff was resolved.

What the alleged Deal between the government and the INC was all about remains a big mystery today because De Lima avoids talking about it. She is also silent on what happened to the INC case. Since De Lima is running for high public office, she has a lot of explaining to do.

DE LIMA's WATCH

The management of penitentiaries is vested by law in the DoJ. It was during De Lima’s watch as Justice secretary when the news media discovered that drug lords Detained at the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa enjoyed numerous perks such as spacious, air-conditioned quarters with comfortable beds and the amenities of modern living, and had access to catered meals or restaurant food, hired entertainers, mobile phones, and even the internet. Under the law, prisoners are not entitled to those privileges. That is why they call the prison a penitentiary—it’s not supposed to be very comfortable for the inmates!

Such brazen disregard of the law happened either because the special treatment of the drug lords had De Lima’s blessings, or because De Lima was negligent and did not regularly monitor the prisons and their personnel. If De Lima paid regular, unannounced visits to the prisons, which she should be doing in the first place, this mockery of the justice system would not have occurred.

Last year, the Commission on Audit reprimanded the DoJ, under De Lima’s watch, for illegally re-channeling funds earlier earmarked for a particular project and spending it on something else instead. As the lawyer of the Cabinet, the DoJ secretary be expected to comply with the law. De Lima failed in that regard.

In July 2015, when she was still Justice Secretary, De Lima joined a junket to Holland supposedly to attend a hearing in the arbitration case the Philippines filed against Communist China regarding Beijing’s illegal expansionist operations in the West Philippine Sea. De Lima wasn’t needed there. It’s the solicitor general, not the DoJ secretary, who represents the Republic of the Philippines in international disputes. Sadly, the Filipino taxpayers ended up paying for De Lima’s plane fare, allowances, and hotel accommodations. Would De Lima have gone to Holland if she, not the taxpayers, had to pay for all that?

ACCUSATIONS VS DUTERTE

De Lima accused outspoken presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte of committing human rights violations as Davao City mayor. If that is so, then why didn’t De Lima file the corresponding criminal cases against Duterte when she was still the DoJ secretary? How come De Lima made the accusation only now, when Duterte is leading in the election surveys and her party’s bet for president, Mar Roxas, is trailing at fourth place?

That belated accusation against Duterte only underscores the selective justice De Lima dispensed in the DoJ when she was its head. Besides, isn’t the wastage of public funds by the ex-Justice secretary as bad as human rights abuses?

As the ex-chief of the CHR, De Lima should know.


TRIBUNE

DoJ chief confident of raps vs Leila, seeks AMLC assistance Written by Benjamin B. Pulta and Angie M. Rosales Saturday, 03 September 2016 00:00



EX-STAFFER OF DE LIMA RECANTS

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II expressed confidence that Malacañang will be able to prosecute former Secretary of Justice now Sen. Leila de Lima, President Duterte’s leading critic in its policy of state-sanctioned murder of drug suspects.

Aguirre bared that the Department of Justice (DoJ) is set to seek assistance from the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to look deeper into the bank accounts allegedly being used as conduits for drugs money by several individuals with links to De Lima and her former driver and alleged lover Ronnie Dayan.

Aguirre issued this statement after a former staff member of De Lima denied having P24 million in a bank account under her name and recanted her having any bank account containing P24 million, as earlier reported, not even owninng any account, including her personal account.

Edna “Bogs” Obuyes, a clerk assigned at the Office of Justice Secretary, took to Facebook to dispute reports that P24 million went into the account in March and April 2014.


INTERALSYON PHOTO FILE

A widely read major broadsheet reported cash deposits were allegedly made to the account of “Bogs C. Obuyes” on March 7, 2014 (P4.8 million), March 21, 2014 (P7.2 million), April 4, 2014 (P2.6 million), April 18, 2014 (P4.8 million) and April 24, 2014 (P4.6 million). copies of Banco de Oro deposit slips were published.

AUTHENTICITY STILL UNCONFIRMED

Last Thursday, at the Senate, Aguirre refused to confirm the authenticity of the copies of bank transactions published in broadsheets Friday.

“We are still verifying those deposit slips published. We don’t want to confirm anything until everything has been verified,” he said.
The former clerk of de Limadenied this, insisting that it was not possible for her to open an account using her nickname.

Obuyes also claimed that a statement she signed was not prepared by her, saying all she was asked to do was to sign a prepared statement.

The DoJ chief said Obuyes should deny her claims in writing, which could get her charged for perjury, should her denials prove false.
Aguirre: Leila’s people behind disinformation spread

The Justice Secretary yesterday accused the “people behind” the senator of spreading disinformation to shift the public’s attention from allegations that she protected drug syndicates operating inside the New Bilibid Prison.

Aguirre made the statement after Obuyes, denied on her FaceBook account that she executed an affidavit to pin down de Lima.


AGUIRRE

“We are just at the initial stage of building the case. The reported P24 million and the copies of the check were not authorized for release,” Aguirre said in a press conference, referring to the release of alleged deposit slips to the media.

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“I know they (de Lima and her people) have a disinformation operations so we come off as having had a bum steer, which will fall flat on our faces when the documents are leaked,” he stressed,

“It was some time that they came up with this disinformation campaign, since their poster girl in this drug case is de Lima and the opposition. So they should preserve the ‘integrity and trustworthiness’ of Secretary De Lima,” he said.

Aguirre confirmed that he met Obuyes and Caranto separately earlier this week to inquire about the alleged multi-million peso deposits under their name.

Both employees disowned the deposit slips worth P24 million each under Obuyes and Caranto, according to the affidavits they submitted to the National Bureau of Investigation.

Obuyes yesterday made a sudden turnaround renouncing any truth to her supposed sworn affidavit disclosing a bank account the kept the lawmaker’s stash of drug money from convicted drug lords.

She claimed she was forced to testify against the senator to make it appear that she allegedly deposited in a BDO account that amassed P24 million in a span of two months in 2014.

Obuyes made the revelation through a post in her facebook account “Bogs Obuyes”, a day after reports came out that she and another co-employee at the DoJ, Jonathan “Jong” Caranto, executed sworn statements and confessed to their participation in depositing huge amounts of money to the supposed bank account of de Lima’s bagman and former driver Ronnie Dayan.

They were taking orders from De Lima, they said.

Obuyes tagged DoJ Secretary Aguirre as the official who she claimed made her to sign a prepared affidavit, that was attached with her photos with de Lima, in his office but made no mention on whether she was pressured or coerced to do so.

She denied any truth to the contents of her supposed affidavit, especially on the issue of her depositing a total of P24 million in March and April 2014 as she was still then an employee of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).

Although De Lima served as CHR chair during the Arroyo administration, she took over the DoJ post in July 2010 or immediately after the assumption of the Aquino administration.

De Lima said she has not heard from either Obuyes and Caranto since the time she left the DoJ or even when the issue on their testifying against her or standing as possible “witnesses” to her alleged corrupt acts broke out early this week.

The senator, however, received a text message from Obuyes yesterday telling her that she executed a sworn statement but did not implicate her in any wrong doing.

In a gist, Obuyes said that their (DoJ’s) lies are too much and that it was not her statement. “No matter what they do to me, I will stand for the truth, M’aam and I wil not be a witness against you on their lies. God bless and I love you.” Obuyes said in her text message to de Lima, in Tagalog.

Obuyes’ claims ran contrary to the statements of Aguirre to Senate reporters, when cornered on the issue of her and Caranto’s affidavits Thursday, saying that the two he merely talked to them and were not forced to stand against de Lima.

“I talked to her but I did not force her. It was voluntary. They have affidavits. They said they wanted to clear their names. They even agreed to a lie detector test.

In a speaking engagement in Makati City last Thursday, de Lima made it known that she’s privy to the details of the supposed dirty tactics being employed against her, particularly on the surfacing of the two former DoJ staff members to stand against her.

De Lima said she got wind of the information on Aguirre allegedly summoning her two former subordinates at the DoJ and made to execute affidavits.

“What they told me was that they are being made to execute that they have bank accounts. Suddenly they become instant millionares with those alleged bank accounts, allegedly opened on my behest, crazy brazen lies. And that more evidence will be fabricated against ,me,” she said.

However, when she heard that Aguirre had talked to media on this matter, de Lima also told reporters that she had not spoken to Obuyes and Curanto for sometime.

“They have thrown everything against me, except the kitchen sink. They have done everything, except what I have been asking for, a formal charge and complaint so I can defend myself in a fair hearing. But they seem to be having a hard time to invent and manufacture evidence,” she said.

“These are the extent of illegal methods this government is willing to commit in order to silence me. It has already become a personal obsession of the President himself. It is as if they are afraid that if they cannot destroy me and pin me down, with all the government machinery and executive power behind them, they will simply look like impotent fools before a defenseless woman whom they have dishonored and maligned,” she added.

STAFF's DENIAL UNDER OATH

Aguirre confirmed Obuyes’ statement, saying he asked her to make a denial under oath.

“She denied the bank deposits,” Aguirre said. “She denies this totally that she made deposits in the account of Ronnie Dayan or to any account, including her account.

He also said that Obuyes did not undergo a lie detector test, Aguirre denied the release of copies of bank deposits.Aguirre said these have yet to be authenticated.

Aguirre said the premature release of the documents was suspicious and could be part of the disinformation campaign being perpetrated by the senator’s camp to discredit the ongoing probe on her links will illegal drugs trade.

“We are just at the initial stage of releasing the case. They have an information for disinformation to mislead,” Aguirre said.,

Aguirre said the NBI is still in the process of building up a case against the Senator and alleged her cohorts.

Aguirre said three inmates at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) are still executing their affidavits linking De Lima and Dayan in the illegal drugs trade in the national penitentiary.

The other staffer of Senator Leila De Lima confirmed on Friday that in several instances, he deposited money in the account of her ex-driver Ronnie Dayan.

Caranto, in his affidavit submitted to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), said there were at least six instances that he can recall where the senator ordered him to deposit funds in Dayan’s Landbank account.

Caranto said he is a distant relative of Dayan. He said he was hired at the DOJ on Dayan’s recommendation.

In the same affidavit, he also denied having over P24-million bank account at Banco De Oro.

Caranto was mentioned in President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug matrix.

Justice Secretary Aguirre said he was surprised when he learned that Caranto works at his office.

Aguirre said he talked to Caranto and asked him if he is willing to clear his name to which he agreed.

Caranto then went to the NBI and executed an affidavit.

He also underwent a lie detector test and passed.

“That the mark of an honest witness,” Aguirre said.

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Aguirre: DOJ under De Lima ‘suppressed’ evidence vs. other politicians in ‘pork’ scam
Published August 29, 2016 3:38pm By VIRGIL LOPEZ, GMA News


AGUIRRE

Short of saying there was selective justice during the Aquino administration, Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre II said the DOJ under his predecessor – Sen. Leila De Lima – blocked the prosecution of some politicians allegedly involved in the pork barrel scam.

Aguirre did not say if the politicians were allies of President Benigno Aquino III even as he found the previous government's treatment of alleged scam mastermind Janet Napoles when she surrendered three years ago as a suspect.

After surrendering to Aquino in Malacañang on Aug. 28, 2013, Napoles was brought to the Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame, where she stayed for days before the court directed her transfer to Fort Sto. Domingo in Laguna.

"Bakit ganun na lang ang ginawa nila kay Napoles. First day, dinala sa Malacañang. Then sinamahan pa ni Mar Roxas papuntang Crame. Bakit? Kasi meron silang gustong i-suppress (na evidence)," Aguirre said in a chance interview last week.

He urged Napoles, who has been sentenced to reclusion perpetua for locking up former aide and scam whistleblower Benhur Luy, to just tell the truth.

"Bakit niya pagtatakpan yung iba samantalang alam niyang guilty. 'Magsama sama na lang tayo pare pareho tayong guilty' kasi wala naman siya, hindi na siya makakalabas unless the President pardons her," Aguirre said.

"Ang alam ko sinupress ng DOJ ‘yung evidence against the others (politicians)," he added.

Asked if President Rodrigo Duterte would consider giving Napoles pardon if she would disclose everything about the scam, Aguirre said: "Wala pa siguro."

"Pero si Presidente ang talagang gusto niya lang ay to rid the government of corruption," he said.

As of posting time, GMA News Online has yet to receive a reply from De Lima's camp.

'Deserves a second look'

Serious about carrying out a far-reaching campaign against corruption, Duterte said recently that the scam, which involves the siphoning of public funds through bogus or substandard development projects, deserves a second look.

"Let us revisit the Napoles case. I have some revealing things to tell you about it. You just wait," Duterte said in a news conference on August 21.

He linked his political nemesis, De Lima, to the case.

"The Napoles case should deserve a second look," said Duterte. "For it also involves corruption and De Lima."

While he refused to give further details, Duterte railed about the "billions and billions of pesos lost" for the Philippine government over the scam.

The President has also accused De Lima of protecting the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison, which the senator has repeatedly denied.

De Lima also previously thumbed down insinuations that the pork barrel scam investigations during her term as justice secretary only targeted politicians not friendly with the Aquino government.

Among those detained while facing trial over the scam are former Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr.

Meanwhile, former Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile was allowed by the Supreme Court on bail last year due to his old age.

Graft raps were also filed against Aquino allies, Muntinlupa City Rep. Ruffy Biazon and former Cibac party-list Rep. and now Senator Joel Villanueva, in relation to the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) mess but only Biazon's cases reached the Sandiganbayan for trial. — Virgil Lopez/RSJ, GMA News


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Leila agrees to suspend Senate probe of killings
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Senator Leila de Lima as the Rotary Club of Manila’s guest of honor and speaker in Manila Polo Club, Makati City.
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Sen. Leila de Lima has decided to suspend her committee’s inquiry into extrajudicial killings in the government’s war on drugs while President Duterte is traveling abroad.

Mr. Duterte leaves next week to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit in Laos and to visit Brunei and Indonesia, on his first international trip as the leader of the Philippines.

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Mr. Duterte’s defeated vice presidential running mate in May’s national elections, on Wednesday called for a suspension of the Senate committee on justice and human rights’ inquiry into the government-sanctioned war on drugs that has taken the lives of nearly 2,000 people while the President is abroad.

“If their concern is that [the President] might get embarrassed, in the spirit of good faith, I am willing,” De Lima, the committee chair, said on Thursday.

“I’m always in good faith. They’re the ones always trying to misconstrue my words and my actions,” said De Lima, who is under attack from Mr. Duterte and his allies in the House of Representatives for investigating the extrajudicial killings.

Her committee has held two hearings and is supposed to continue hearing testimony from witnesses on Sept. 5.

De Lima did not set a date for the third hearing, but it is likely to be held after Mr. Duterte returns on Sept. 9.

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“To embarrass the President before the community of nations is far from my mind,” De Lima said.

“If we are getting embarrassed, it’s because of this spate of killings,” she added. “If they’re asking for a ceasefire, then the best thing to do is to have a ceasefire in the killings.”

During a hearing on the Philippine National Police 2017 budget at the House on Thursday, the country’s top cop told lawmakers that the PNP, as of Aug. 31, had filed 628 cases involving the killing of 1,507 people in the war on drugs.

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