AFORMER member of Sen. Leila de Lima’s staff in the Department of Justice categorically denied owning bank accounts where P24 million was supposedly deposited at the behest of the lady lawmaker in 2014.
Edna “Bogs” Obuyes, a former clerk of De Lima when she was still the DoJ secretary, bared that Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre summoned her to his office and showed her bank transactions.
“Laking gulat ko na ang inihain sa harapan ko ay BDO bank receipts amounting to P24 million for the month of March and April 2014, kalakip ng mga pictures namin ni Senator De Lima,” Obuyes said on Thursday night on her Facebook account.
Reports said that a total of P24 million in cash was deposited in a bank account under the name of Bogs C. Obuyes
Obuyes, a contractual government employee, said she would not have used her nickname “Bogs” in opening a bank account.
“Yung time na ‘yan (2014) nasa CHR pa po ‘ko. At ang pangalan ko do’n ay ‘Bogs C. Obuyes,’ na imposible ko namang gamitin ‘yun dahil nickname ko lang po ‘yun,” Obuyes said.
The DoJ said Obuyes is one of its witnesses against De Lima in its investigation against her alleged links to the illegal drug trade.
“Ang laman ng statement ko po ay puro pagtatanggi na walang katotohanan ang lahat. Pero bakit ang lumalabas ay against Sen. De Lima na ang statement ko,” she wrote.
Aguirre, meanwhile, said on Friday that the leaked bank transaction documents were only premature information and among those being considered as evidence in the agency’s case build-up against the senator.
Nonetheless, he said that the DoJ has started building up a case against De Lima and the supposed bank deposits, which were “volunteered to the DoJ,” will form part of the evidence.
Aguirre added that contrary to reports that Obuyes denied owning the accounts, there was already a “draft affidavit” against De Lima and both Obuyes and Jonathan “Jong” Caranto will be among the witnesses.