This is insanity! De Lima can’t believe she’s so powerful Duterte moved 10 inmates out of Bilibid
Senator Leila De Lima mocked President Rodrigo Duterte Saturday (September 7) for dragging her into the transfer of 10 inmates from the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) to the barracks of the Philippine Marines in Taguig City.
De Lima expressed disbelief over Duterte’s claim that he ordered the inmates moved out of Bilibid because of a supposed threat from her.
“So, in Duterte’s twisted mind, I’m that powerful! So powerful that I can actually command my alleged NBP ‘allies’ to harm or assassinate their fellow inmates! This is insanity in its most diabolical form!” she said in a statement.
In a speech in Naga City, Cebu Friday (September 6), Duterte said De Lima has “henchmen and witnesses” who could harm the inmates.
There are some issues that I did not send some to prison, the penitentiary [in] Muntinlupa. I handed them over to the Marines. Why? Because I was scared that De Lima would have more henchmen and witnesses. They will really be killed. By then no one would be able to tell the truth,” Duterte said in Bisaya.
The 10 inmates transferred to the Marine barracks included seven drug lords who are testifying against De Lima in the drug-related cases she is facing.
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.
De Lima, who is currently detained at Camp Crame, believes the transfer of the 10 inmates was aimed at pinning her down for the drug cases.
She said the administration needs to “strike more clandestine deals” with the drug lords and give them special treatment to ensure her conviction.
“Aminin nyo na lang kasi na ang totoong dahilan sa paglipat nyo sa mga convicts-witnesses na yan sa Philippine Marines HQ ay ito: For you and your equally evil operators to further control these witnesses in terms of pinning me down in the drug cases against me. Malapit na kasing isalang sa witness stand ang mga convicts-witnesses na yan sa ongoing trial in my drug cases,” De Lima said.