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Charges set against senator -- DoJ chief

JUSTICE Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said that Senator Leila de Lima will be charged with violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act, Section 5 or Section 28.

Section 5 covers “Sale, Trading, Administration, Dispensation, Delivery, Distribution and Transportation of Dangerous Drugs and/or Controlled Precursors and Essential Chemicals” while Section 28 involves “Criminal Liability of Government Officials and Employees.”

Aguirre said the case against De Lima will be built on the testimony of NBI personnel Rafael Ragos and Jovencio Ablen Jr. who claim to have directly given drug-related money to De Lima.

“Hindi lang sa testimony ng inmates ng NBP. We have two NBI personnel, isang deputy director at isang agent ng NBI nagsabi na nagdala sila ng P5 million on two instances diretso kay De Lima so hindi mo masasabing inmates lang eto. Diretsong-diretso incumbent government officials ‘yan. Doon pa lang malakas na, (We have witnesses they brought P5 million to De Lima, so you cannot say the operations only involved inmates. That makes the case strong),” according to Aguirre.

Aguirre acknowledged that it’s their word against De Lima, who has repeatedly denied all accusations.
   
“Palaging mag-prevail ang positive evidence ‘pag itong tao nagsabing ‘I delivered to you P10 million,’ tapos sasabihin nu’ng nag-deliver, eh wala. Sino paniniwalaan? ‘Yung positive testimony,” said Aguirre.
   
Aguirre emphasized that the witnesses have nothing to gain by lying and that De Lima, at the very least, neglected her job.
   
“Ang dapat mo isipin bakit nagsasalita itong mga inmate na ito. Unang-una, bakit in her administration, nag­lipana ang mga kubol. Hindi ba nakikipag-meeting siya doon sa loob ng kubol na ang ibig sabihin niya nakikita niya pinababayaan niya or mas grabe baka may consent siya sa paglalagay ng kubol na ‘yan,” Aguirre added.EMontano