Sandra Cam: De Lima’s corruption trail could’ve been exposed years ago if Drilon, Pimentel, Farinas didn’t settle
There’s no smoke where there’s no fire. Whistleblower Sandra Cam said that she had the goods on Sen. Leila de Lima’s corrupt activities and linkages to convicted drug lords at the National Bilibid Prison as early as 2011.
But she said that senators in the Commission on Appointments – specifically Senators Frank Drilon and Koko Pimentel and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rudy Farinas – blocked her from speaking during de Lima’s confirmation hearing as Justice Secretary.
In an intervie with DZMM’s Henry Omaga-Diaz Saturday afternoon, Cam said: “The senators and congressmen railroaded her appointment. I had no chance to explain what is in our expose. Farinas Drilon, Koko Pimentel, they all stopped me, I was like a voice in the wilderness.” Cam said she felt this was the right tieme to go after de Lima especially with President Duterte and thepublic willing to listen to what she had was supposed to say five years ago.
Cam said she would have told the CA about the illicit scheme of de Lima and her former Justice Undersecretary Toti Baraan of pocketing P10 from the daily food allowance of each prisoner for the intelligence fund of the Justice Secretary; she was getting paid off for turning a blind eye to the contraband, firearms, jewelry and luxury items being smuggled into the prison; and the rise of a shabu production factory inside the NBP.
“I wished the CA had listened to us, I only wanted five to 10 minutes. Ngayon, madaming congressman at senador na nagsipagbalimbingan na,” said Cam. Cam said she planned to give the Lower House a copy of the tape of the CA hearing to show the public how the “balimbings without balls” stopped the expose on Bureau of Corrections anomalies.
Cam claimed that de Lima was obviously hiding something when she sat on the findings of the panel of investigators she formed to look into the prison anomalies. She said this was never released during the Aquino administration.