Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre revealed that Senator Leila De Lima may have P500 million to P1 billion in her bank accounts as the Anti-Money Laundering council (AMLC) has submitted the documents showing possible illegal drug transactions.
Aguirre said that the documents reflect Senator De lima's bank transactions that are connected to the payoffs she received when she served as the previous administration's justice secretary for the protection of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) high-profile convicts.
Aguirre added that he is not expecting the accounts to be under the senator's name. “We don’t expect the bank deposits to be under the name of De Lima because she uses people to collect on her behalf,” he said.
According to Aguirre, there was sufficient evidence against De Lima who may face a nonbailable charge and life imprisonment if she will be convicted.
“Based on testimonial evidence of witnesses presented in the House of Representatives inquiry so far, we can already have a very sufficient case. We can actually file a case in court at this point because we have enough evidence,” Aguirre said. “If the testimonies of these witnesses are proven, then that means non-bailable, capital offense and life imprisonment against her.” De Lima said that there is nothing in her bank accounts that will establish her involvement in drug trade.
She said: “If the testimonies of these witnesses are proven, then that means non-bailable, capital offense and life imprisonment against her.”
Four witnesses testified against Senator De Lima namely Rodolfo Magleo who was a former police chief inspector and was convicted for kidnapping; Herbert Colangco, a high-profile convict who claimed to deliver P3 million to De Lima monthly; Rafael Ragos, former Bureau of Corrections officer-in-charge and National Bureau of Investigation agent Jovencio Ablen Jr. who said that they delivered P5 million to the senator. [source]