The House of Representatives to De Lima : eyes investigation , jail officers
MANILA – The House of Representatives could expand its forthcoming investigation into the proliferation of drug syndicates at the New Bilibid Prison under former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima's watch.
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu and Appropriations Committee chair Karlo Nograles have filed a resolution in July that will "direct the appropriate committee to immediately conduct a comprehensive investigation on the proliferation of drug syndicates in the NBP."
The resolution also sought to probe "the involvement and accountability of the authorities mandated to exercise control and supervision over the national penitentiary under the leadership of then secretary of justice Leila de Lima."
De Lima as justice chief supervised the national penitentiary. The investigation will also cover "other heads of law enforcement agencies tasked with implementing law enforcement policies particularly those in combating the use proliferation and trade of illegal and prohibited drugs."
The resolution cites that two of the three top drug dealers in the country, Peter Co and Herbert Colangco, are presently detained in the NBP but continue to operate from their detention cells which became their base of operations. The same resolution cites figures from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Authority that states that at least 8,629 of the 42,065 barangays in the country are drug-infested.
President Rodrigo Duterte ran and won on an anti-crime, anti-illegal drugs platform. On Wednesday, Duterte exposed de Lima's alleged relationship with her driver whom he tagged as the senator's bagman for protecting illegal drugs activities. De Lima has denied the allegations and called Duterte's actions as abuse of power."
Asked if the congressional probe will cover the president's expose, Alvarez said, "depende kung anong lalabas sa hearing."