Senator Leila de Lima is ready to face the charges and go to jail in case the Justice Department releases on Monday its resolution on cases of drug trafficking filed against her.
“I’ve been preparing for a worst case scenario kasi katuparan lang po ‘yan ng matagal nang inuutos ng Pangulo. Di ba matagal na niyang sinasabi that he wants me locked up in jail,” she said on Monday, referring to President Rodrigo Duterte. [Translation: I’ve been preparing for a worst case scenario because it’s long been ordered by the President. Hasn’t he said for the longest time that he wants me locked up in jail?]
Duterte has accused De Lima of corruption during her term as Justice Secretary under former President Benigno Aquino III.
Consolidated cases of drug trafficking were filed against De Lima by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), former National Bureau of Investigation deputy directors Reynaldo Esmeralda and Ruel Lasala, the National Bureau of Investigation, and convicted drug lord Jaybee Sebastian.
Another case filed against De Lima is in connection with Eastern Visayas drug lord Kerwin Espinosa’s drug operations.
The cases stemmed from allegations that De Lima abetted the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison and received huge payouts from convicted drug lords for them to continue their trade and to fund her senatorial campaign.