Wednesday, December 13, 2017

DOJ Serves Subpoena To De Lima, 2 Former Aides Over Drug Case

Image credit: Leila De Lima's Facebook Account
  • The Department of Justice (DOJ) has already released a subpoena for Senator Leila de Lima for her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison
  • The subpoena, penned by five-man panel of DOJ prosecutors, also directed De Lima’s two former aides Jose Adrian Vera alias “Jan de Dera” and Lyn Tagum to attend a preliminary investigation
  • A disbarment case against de Lima would also follow, said Aguirre

After series of Senate probe, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has already released a subpoena for Senator Leila de Lima for her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison.

The subpoena, penned by five-man panel of DOJ prosecutors, also directed De Lima’s two former aides Jose Adrian Vera alias “Jan de Dera” and Lyn Tagum to attend a preliminary investigation on December 2 at 1:00 PM at the DOJ’s Executive Lounge.

According to Aguirre, the DOJ panel acted on the four complaints filed separately by high-profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian, agents of National Bureau of Investigation and the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption.

The subpoena stated that the respondent’s failure to attend the preliminary investigation on the said date would waive their rights to submit counter-affidavit to the charges filed against them.

Beleaguerred De Lima  faced multiple charges   for allegedly dipping her hand on illegal drug money run by convicted drug lords inside the NBP during her stint at DOJ secretary, and had benefitted millions of pesos through her lover-driver-bodyguard Ronnie Dayan.

Though she admitted of her clandestine affair with Dayan, the lawmaker insisted that President Duterte is the mastermind of all the allegations pitted against her as a punishment for being a critique of the current administration’s brutal war on drugs.

But Aguirre countered that De Lima’s revelation of her relationship with Dayan for several years is a self-incriminating evidence against herself as it only sustained the allegations of her involvement to the NBP drug trade.

A disbarment case against de Lima would also follow, said Aguirre as disclosed in a report from ABS-CBN News.

 

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