SENATOR Leila de Lima has accepted the possibility of going to jail for her alleged involvement in the proliferation of the drug trade at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) while she was still justice secretary.
She acknowledged the dire prospect when asked about the worse scenarios that came to mind with regard to the apparent effort of her political enemies to link her to illegal drugs.
Confessed drug dealer Kerwin Espinosa had testified at the Senate that he gave De Lima P8 million, in three tranches, to fund her senatorial campaign. Her former driver-lover, Ronnie Dayan, had admitted at the House of Representatives that he served as De Lima’s bagman and received the drug money from Espinosa.
“Naisip ko na lahat ng worse scenario. Ikukulong (ako). That’s the worst scenario. And probably worse than that sana naman huwag naman nila ako patayin para meron pa rin naman akong konting laban. Kasi they bury me they will bury the truth,” said De Lima in a chance interview.
Meanwhile, De Lima said she will defy the “directive” of the House of Representatives for her to explain within 72 hours why she should not be cited in contempt for preventing Dayan to attend a congressional hearing on the drug trade at the NBP.
“I will not honor that consistent with my decision,” she said. The senator believes that the Committee on Justice’s public hearing on illegal drugs at the national penitentiary was only meant to persecute her.
Asked whether she will ask for help from her colleagues at the Senate, De Lima said:”Hindi ko ugali na nag pi-plead for help. Hindi po ako ganun. That’s why i-re refer ko ‘yan sa Senado. Bahala na sila. I don’t plead for myself in any situation I’m in.