The National Bureau of Investigation has approved the criminal prosecution of former Justice Secretary and now Senator Leila De Lima over her alleged involvement in the narcotics trade at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
In a report submitted to the Department of Justice (DOJ), the NBI recommended De Lima’s prosecution for violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and for qualified bribery in relation with the same Act.
The NBI also recommended indicting De Lima along with 10 others with graft, direct bribery, and violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
“It is evident from the revelations of numerous witnesses, as detailed in their sworn affidavits, that herein Subject Senator Leila de Lima, Francisco Baraan, Franklin Bucayu, and Rafael Ragos…accepted huge amounts of money from NBP inmates, either by themselves or through their conduits Ronnie Dayan, Joenel Sanchez, Jovencio ‘Jun’ Ablen Jr., Wilfredo Elli, Julius Rejuso, Jesusa ‘Susan Francisco, Lyn Sagum, alias ‘George’, who were fully aware of the unlawfullness of their actions, yet, still actively conspired with their superiors,” the NBI said. [source]
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