Published: Tuesday 20 December, 2016

Grace Poe to De Lima: Explain Why Drugs Flourished While DOJ Chief

Senator Leila de Lima needs to explain why drugs flourished during her term as Department of Justice secretary. This according to Senator Grace Poe in a recent interview.

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Grace Poe prepared to hear ethics complaint vs De Lima. (PHOTO:

Grace Poe was referring to several complaints against Leila de Lima in connection with her alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade. One of these is an ethics complaint filed by several members of the House of Representatives. Poe is a member of the ethics committee of the Senate.

“Sen. De Lima is the Justice secretary when this happened, I think it is just right that she accounts for this and answer the allegations against her,” said Poe.

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“A lot of these drug problems actually flourished; so at least for that particular issue, she has to be able to explain why that was so,” the popular lady senator added.

Poe admitted that it would be difficult to impose sanctions on a Senate colleague but it has to be done, if ever it comes to that. She said that, ultimately, they are accountable to the people and they must do what their job entails.

For her part, Grace Poe promised to be fair in hearing the complaint.

The ethics complaints may either result to a dismissal, admonition, suspension or dismissal.

Aside from the ethic complaint, Senator Leila de Lima is the subject of a criminal complaint also connected with illegal drugs. She allegedly received drug payola from Kerwin Espinosa while at the DOJ. Espinosa himself testified against De Lima during a congressional hearing. This was corroborated by De Lima’s former driver and lover, Ronnie Dayan, who admitted receiving millions in her behalf.

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De Lima has denied all allegations.