Senator Leila de Lima commented on how President Rodrigo Duterte, who launched a war on drugs, now seemed to be allied with the drug lords that he denounced.
“Ang mga drug lord at criminal sa Bilibid ngayon ay kakampi na ng Pangulo sa kanyang giyera sa droga,” de Lima said in her text statement.
“Ni hindi napapansin ni Aguirre kung gaano na katawa-tawa ang sitwasyon nila. Ang kakampi pala ng Pangulo sa kanyang giyera sa droga ay ang mga drug lords na minsan sinabi nilang nag-ambag ng isang bilyon para ipapatay siya,” de Lima added.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II presented the convicts as witnesses during the House inquiry into the alleged proliferation of illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison.
In June, PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa claimed that drug lords in the Bilibid raised P10 million at first, then increased it to P50 million as bounty for having him and Duterte killed.
On the same month, Inquirer wrote an article about how a source claimed that 20 crime bosses, mostly drug lords, raised P1 billion for the heads of Duterte, dela Rosa, a new senator, and a prisons official.
“Ano yun? Change of heart? Napakalaki nilang mga tanga para hindi mapansin na nagkaka-balu-baluktot na ang kanilang mga sinasabi,” de Lima said.
De Lima, Duterte’s most outspoken critic, had denied allegations that she accepted drug payoffs when she was Justice Secretary.