Senator Leila de Lima has brushed off the allegations that she used drug money for her campaign to win the May 16 elections.
“That’s totally absurd,” said de Lima during an interview with Winnie Monsod’s late night show Bawal ang Pasaway kay Mareng Winnie” aired over GMA TV every Monday as she added that contributors to her campaign fund have been meticulously monitored by her staff.
“Mahigpit ko na pinagbilin sa mga staff ko na kilalanin muna maigi ang magbibibigay ng anumang donasyon at kung maari ay mag background check muna sila upang masiguro na hindi galing ang pera sa mga notorious na tao lalo na sa mga drug lords,” de Lima pointed out.
Based on her submitted Statement of Contributions and Expenses (SOCE), de Lima disclosed that she spent P86,153, 309.45 which, according to her, came from 190 contributors including her former husband, lawyer Plaridel Bohol who shelled out P1.48 million.
De Lima, who placed number 14th in the list of having the highest expenditures among senatorial candidates, ended up last in the Magic 12 senators last May elections.
“Kung talagang galing sa droga ang aking campaign fund eh di sana nakakuha ako ng mas mataas na position sa 12 senators slots,” de Lima argued.