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Don’t muddle the GCTA scandal! Allow Leila to defend herself in the Senate – Kiko

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Senator Kiko Pangilinan said detained Senator Leila de Lima should be allowed to defend herself in the Senate hearing on the Good Conduct and Time Allowance (GCTA) scandal.

“Allow Senator De Lima to defend herself in the Senate hearing that is using her as scapegoat in the scandal that has blown up in their face,” said Pangilinan in a statement.

“It goes against all sense of fair play to drag the name of the already incarcerated Senator Leila de Lima to muddle the scandal involving Bilibid officials caught ordering the release of rich convicted criminals, contrary to the law that is meant to give justice to poor, powerless detainees who should rightfully be released for good behavior,” he added.

De Lima is being blamed for crafting implementing rules and regulations, as then Justice Secretary, of the GCTA which was used as the basis for allowing hundreds of heinous crime convicts, like the Chiong sistsers murder convicts and the aborted release of rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez, to go out of prison before the end of their life sentences.

“Hindi si Senator De Lima ang nagtangkang pakawalan si Mayor Sanchez at ang nagpakalawa sa mga convicts sa kasong rape at murder ng Chiong sisters, paano napunta sa kanya ang pag-iimbestiga? Paano nalihis ang usapin mula kay Faeldon at napunta kay Senator de Lima?” said Pangilinan.

“Hindi kapani-paniwala ang pag-ugnay kay Sen. Leila sa kalokokohan at korupsyon ng BuCor sa ilalim ng pamumuno ni (fired Bureau of Corrections Chief Nic) Faeldon,” Pangilinan added.

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