Senator Leila ‘lying’ de Lima is fuming mad regarding allegations that the proliferation of illegal drugs were rampant at the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) during her term as Justice Secretary. Senator De Lima recently delivered a privilege speech where she accused some allies of President Rudy Duterte of linking her with known influential and powerful drug lords in the Philippines.
However, there is a growing perception among the public that drug money was the major contributing factor that helped De Lima get into the Philippine Senate. And people were actually not surprised to hear that Senator De Lima, who is “perceived” to be sympathetic to drug lords, is contemplating of initiating a Senate investigation regarding the summary killing of drug addicts and drug lords as well as their henchmen.
There are at least three key men of President Duterte are ganging up on Senator De Lima’s alleged connection with powerful drug lords in the country. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez was quoted that he will initiate a resolution in the lower house to determine if Senator De Lima has anything to do with the unabated proliferation of drugs inside the Bilibid Prison.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, on the other hand, said that a top DOJ official is in the payroll of drug lords at the Bilibid Prison. A purported video even came out showing then Justice Secretary De Lima singing during a birthday celebration of a now convicted drug lord.
It is funny to hear Senator De Lima complaining that an attack on a sitting senator is an attack on the Senate as an independent institution. De Lima must be suffering from loss of memory. Somebody should remind her of what she did to Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jingoy Estrada and Bong Revilla. Or better remind Senator De Lima about the phrase “You reap what you sow.”
Although I think that both Senators Estrada and Revilla benefitted from their pork barrel funds worth millions of pesos, De Lima, however, should have given them a fair chance to air their side and not to resort to trial by publicity.
Vice President Leni Robredo has expressed apprehension on the possibility of raising a huge amount of money in case she needs to defend herself in court in connection with the election protest filed by former Senator Bongbong Marcos.
Marcos is claiming that massive electoral fraud, threats, terrorism, force, free-shading of ballots and abnormally high unaccounted votes/under votes for the position of Vice President affected the results in 25 provinces and five highly urbanized cities in 39, 221 precincts.
I think what VP Robredo is afraid of is the possibility that the “dagdag-bawas” scheme the Liberal Party (LP) probably did for both defeated presidential candidate Mar Roxas and herself may be uncovered.
Several witnesses have already came forward and testified on how they have seen, and were forced to do, to ensure that Robredo wins the VP race if Roxas fails to overcome the huge number of votes Duterte has received.
We will have to see if the LP will shoulder the election protest expenses of Robredo in order to cover up the dirty tricks they employed during the May 9 elections, which made Robredo win against Marcos. ***
So far, President Duterte’s all-out campaign against illegal drugs in the country has been successful. Duterte has been in office for only five weeks, yet the number of drug addicts and drug mules who have voluntarily surrendered totaled more than 70,000. Hopefully, President Duterte and the PNP will be able to neutralize the Mexico-based drug cartel “Sinoloa,” which has been using the Philippines as its transshipment arena.
According to Duterte, “Sinoloa” as well as the Chinese-based drug syndicate called “Triad,” has been responsible for the proliferation of drugs in the Philippines.
I think it is about time that the Philippine government reinstate the death penalty to deter drug smugglers from doing business in the Philippines. Capital punishment, either by electric chair or lethal injection, will help a lot in the prevention of crime against society in the country.
Congress should also support Duterte in this campaign, instead of blaming him for the deaths of several drug lords in the past few weeks. We all need to rally behind President Digong to make the Philippines a better place to live in.