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Parang may pabuya! Lacson warns: Transfer of 10 Bilibid inmates may weaken case vs. De Lima

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The drug trafficking charges filed by the government against Senator Leila De Lima could weaken because of the transfer of 10 high-profile inmates from the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) to a Marine barracks in Taguig City, Senator Panfilo Lacson said.

In a radio interview Saturday (September 7), Lacson said the inmates’ transfer reeks of privilege.

Seven out of the 10 inmates transferred from Bilibid are drug lords who are testifying against De Lima.

“Galing ka sa Building 14, maximum security facility tapos malipat ka sa bungalow sa Marine compound sa Fort Bonifacio. Siyempre doon hindi na natin alam anong nangyayari roon. Pribilehiyo ‘yan,” he said.

Lacson said the privileges that the inmates may be enjoying at the Marine barracks could be interpreted as a reward for testifying against De Lima.

“The mere fact they were transferred from a maximum security facility na talagang miserable ang buhay tapos mapupunta ka sa lugar na medyo maraming privilege at magaan, siyempre parang yun na yun. Kaya sa halip na magpalakas ng kaso laban sa nasasakdal, in this case, Leila De Lima, baka lalong humina pa,” the senator said.

The witnesses against De Lima who were removed from NBP are: Hans Tan, Peter Co, Jojo Baligad, Vicente Sy, Froilan Trestiza, Nonilo Arile, and Joel Capones.

President Rodrigo Duterte confirmed that he ordered the inmates’ transfer over security concerns, since De Lima allegedly has “henchmen” who could go after them.

Lacson, however, said security was a flimsy reason for bringing the inmates out of NBP.

“Kung pwede sila i-secure sa loob ng NBP, bigyan ng separate facility, pero sa maximum security pa rin sila,” he said.

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