NOT satisfied with the House justice committee report, the Minority Group led by Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez is recommending the prosecution of Senator Leila de Lima for her alleged involvement in the drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP).
In a news forum, Suarez’ group showed to the media the 15-page dissenting report on the House probe into drug operations among Bilibid inmates who allegedly financially supported De Lima’s senatorial bid.
Suarez said the bloc is recommending charges, some non-bailable, such as plunder, graft, bribery, breach of Code of Conduct and Ethical Practices for Public Officials, and violations of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.
Citing testimonies of the witnesses, Suarez believed that De Lima was a coddler and protector of drug lords, during her term as Secretary of Justice department.
Witnesses, that include high profile inmates, confirmed to the House Committee on Justice the multi-million-peso drug trade inside the national penitentiary which gave money to De Lima.
The Committee Report 14, which was adopted by the supermajority before the session break this month, evaded recommending filing of charges against De Lima but instead urged the Department of Justice to prosecute the senator.
According to Suarez, the committee should have observed its oversight function and can recommend the filing of charges against De Lima.