THE report submitted by the House Committee on Justice for approval by the House of Representatives did not recommend the filing of charges against Senator Leila de Lima but only urged an in-depth investigation by the justice department into the proliferation of drugs inside the New Bilibid Prisons.
The report stressed that legislative investigation has clearly established the proliferation of drug syndicates and illegal drug trade in the NBP on the watch of De Lima as secretary of justice.
It also noted that all witnesses testified to De Lima’s involvement in the drug trade inside the national penitentiary.
However, the committee still refused to recommend filing charges against the lady senator and called for the Department of Justice and the court to determine her guilt.
“The determination of probable cause to support the filing of appropriate charges against her is a function of the DoJ and/or the Ombudsman,” the report read.
“Thus the committee leaves to the sound discretion of the DoJ and/or Ombudsman the determination of whether appropriate charges should be filed against her noting that several complaints have already been filed against her by certain groups,” it added.
The committee clarified that the panel’s investigation is in aid of legislation.
“The DoJ is encouraged to undertake an in-depth investigation on Senator De Lima’s role in the proliferation of drug syndicates and illegal drug trading inside NBP during her watch as DoJ Secretary,” the committee said.
As for De Lima’s alleged bodyguard and lover Ronnie Dayan, the committee also urged the DoJ to undertake a more thorough investigation into his involvement.
Some of the witnesses, inmates of Bilibid, have pointed to Dayan as the one receiving money for De Lima. The money came from the sale of shabu.
The House issued an arrest order against Dayan after he was cited in contempt for not attending the probe despite repeated invitation.
The committee terminated its probe but is willing to reopen it once Dayan surfaces.