De Lima: Drug charges are based on manufactured evidence

Senator Leila de Lima reacted after another supposed witness against her denied owning a bank account where drug money from the senator was allegedly deposited.

“Yun nga yun sinasabi ko sa inyo, manufactured ‘yan. So saang galing na namang factory of manufactured evidence ‘yan; ‘yang mga ganyan,” de Lima said to the media.

“I told you already, sawang-sawa na nga ako sa kakaulit, di ba? Sinabihan ko na rin ang Pangulo na mapapahiya talaga s’ya in the end,” she added.

Her remarks came after another former staff of hers, Jonathan Caranto, surfaced to clear his name after being included in Duterte’s drug matrix that also tagged de Lima as the highest ranking government official protecting the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison. He also said that his sworn statement did not include being a witness against de Lima because he does not know anything.


Caranto claimed that Banco de Oro told him the account number was not under his name. The said account was alleged to be where P24 million worth of drug money was deposited into.

Before Caranto’s revelation, Edna “Bogs” Obuyes, another former de Lima staff, also denied owning a BDO bank account with P24 million and issuing an affidavit against the senator. Even the deposit slips were questioned by netizens, starting with how it was under the staff’s nickname and how one deposit fell on a Good Friday.

Both Caranto and Obuyes are working at the Department of Justice and were under de Lima when she served as justice secretary.

De Lima has repeatedly denied any links to drugs after being accused by President Rodrigo Duterte himself.

“Ako pagod na. Pagod na pagod na ako kaka-deny. Pagod na ako kaya ayaw ko nang nakikinig, ayaw ko nang nagre-respond, nagre-react dahil puro naman talaga kasinungalingan yan,” she said.

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