Excited: Roque can’t wait to see De Lima in jail
For Kabayan party-list Rep. Harry Roque, Senator Leila de Lima should’ve been groping prison bars a long time ago.
“Natatagalan ako. Matagal nang dapat nakulong si Leila de Lima. At itong pagkatagal-tagal na panahon na inabot bago siya makulong, ito po ay isang sampal pa rin sa ating criminal justice system dahil iniisip ng marami na kapag ika’y makapangyarihan, ganito katagal ang imbestigasyon,” Roque said in a statement Friday (February 17).
Roque, a Deputy Minority Leader, expressed his displeasure over the length of time it took the Department of Justice (DOJ) to resolve the drug trafficking charges against the lady politiko.
“She really has to be jailed soonest less she wrecks further havoc in Philippine society…The DOJ should prove that there are no sacred cows, even if that cow is a former secretary of the DOJ itself,” he said, referring to De Lima.
De Lima is accused of protecting and patronizing the illegal drug trade within the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City during her stint at Justice chief.
On Friday, DOJ prosecutors finally lodged charges against the senator before the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC).
An arrest warrant is expected to be issued by the court against De Lima.
On Thursday, Roque claimed that De Lima had a hand in the supposed moves to remove him from Congress. He said that this was because of his active participation during the House’s NBP investigation.