Sen. Leila de Lima shrugged off fresh charges made by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre that she, as then Justice Secretary, allegedly stopped the prosecution of politikos embroiled in the pork barrel scam of Janet Lim Napoles because they were allies or friendly to the Aquino administrations.
“Alam niyo ang galing talaga nila mag-imbento ng mga istorya. Napaka-fertile talaga ng mga imagination nila,” said de Lima in dismissing Aguirre’s recent announcement.
President Rodrigo Duterte had earlier declared his plan to re-visit the Napoles case “because it deserved a second look as it involves corruption and De Lima.”
Although Duterte has yet to elaborate, Aguirre said that de Lima had suppressed evidence against some of the Aquino allies who were not charged in the Sandiganbayan even though they were included in the charge sheet of the National Bureau of Investigation and the Office of the Ombudsman and were part of the list of lawmakers named by Napoles as among her partners in the pork scam.
Aguirre was thrown out of the Senate impeachment trial of the late Chief Justice Renato Corona for disrespecting then Sen. Miriam Santiago by aping the “hear no evil” pose or putting his hands over his ears while she spoke.