MANILA (PNA) — The Department of Justice (DOJ) will tap the of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in probing the alleged involvement of Senator Leila de Lima in the illegal drug trade at the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre on Friday (September 23, 2016) said he would turn over documents from the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to the NBI for the latter to conduct a probe that would strengthen the filing of cases against de Lima.
“The AMLC report will be turned over to the NBI to conduct further investigation and it would be up to them to pursue the lead,” Aguirre told reporters.
”I am planning (and) I will be out of the investigation and I would tell the NBI to continue the investigation. I will turn over all these documents to the NBI and they will continue the investigation. I will talk to NBI Director Dante Gierran,” he said.
According to Aguirre, the AMLC has already forwarded to the DOJ several documents and bank transaction records.
He refused to divulge the amount involved in the drug transactions based on AMLC documents, saying additional documents are needed for the probe.
Aguirre said based on the bank transaction reports of the AMLC, private corporations benefitted from the illegal drug trade inside the NBP.
He refused to identify the corporations, however.
When asked about the role of the corporations, Aguirre explained that some of the stockholders are friends with drug lords. (PNA)