LAWMAKERS, mostly major allies of President Rodrigo Duterte, have filed a resolution seeking to investigate the proliferation of illegal drugs at the National Bilibid Prisons (NBP) during the stint of Sen. Leila de Lima as secretary of the Department of Justice.
Lawmakers led by Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez, secretary general of the ruling Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), filed House Resolution (HR) No. 105 to start the probe amid the bickering which Duterte started by way of accusing De Lima of receiving drug payoffs through her lover.
Alvarez pointed out that the NBP became a haven for drug lords that contributed to the worsening illegal drugs problem in the country.
“The use of the NBP as a base for the operation of these top drug lords has been made evident during the raid operation conducted on December 2014 where makeshift shabu laboratories were discovered, as well as other illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia, high-powered firearms and improvised weapons, luxury watches and other smuggled items….” the resolution stressed.
Other authors of the resolution include House Majority Floor Leader and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo “Rudy” Fariñas, House Deputy Speaker and Batangas Rep. Raneo Abu, Rizal Rep. Michael John Duavit, Antipolo Rep. Romeo Acop, Davao Rep. Karlo Alexie Nograles, Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez, Iloilo Rep. Jerry Treñas, Cavite Rep. Abraham Tolentino, Oriental Mindoro Rep. Doy Leachon and Valenzuela Rep. Eric Martinez.
They said that the proliferation of illegal drugs operations inside the NBP was a serious blow to the anti-drug campaign of the previous government.
Instead of reforming the prisoners, they said that some of them, including suspected drug lords Peter Co and Herbert Colangco allegedly continued their nefarious illegal drugs activities.
“Now therefore be it resolved as it is hereby resolved that the House of Representatives direct the appropriate committee to immediately conduct a comprehensive investigation on the proliferation of drug syndicates in the NBP, including the involvement and accountability of the authorities mandated to exercise control and supervision over the national penitentiary, under the leadership of then Sec. Leila de Lima and such 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,” they said.
During her stint in the DoJ, it was De Lima who discovered that suspected drug lords were living a luxurious lifestyle inside the NBP and their nefarious drug trade was flourishing.