Dispatch from Crame No. 126: Sen. Leila M. de Lima’s Statement on the reported Bilibid inmates’ threat to recant their testimonies


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I don’t know what to make out of this latest report that certain convicts have threatened to recant their testimonies should the Justice Secretary not reconsider his order to transfer them back from the medium to maximum security compound of the NBP. At first glance, and if true, it’s a cause for jubilation for me and those who believe in my innocence.

But the same report went on to say that these convicts, who were among those who falsely testified about my alleged drug links during the House inquiry, re: the Bilibid drug trade, allegedly fear that “certain shadowy or unknown personalities” might do harm to them so as to force them to recant their testimonies. The insinuation is that these “shadowy or unknown personalities” are acting on my behalf and/or for my own interests.

What baloney!

Yes, there are shadowy and slimy characters out there, paid mercenaries, whose singular mission was to threaten, coerce, blackmail, bribe or otherwise induce or influence those convicts and other gullible individuals into lying and testifying about my alleged drug links. I call them the “agents of vengeance” contracted and deployed by Duterte and his cohorts, principally, SOJ Aguirre, SOLGEN Calida, PAO Acosta, as aided by the likes of Sandra Cam and Atty. Topacio, to undertake a massive evidence fabrication including subornation of perjury against me, in order to actualize Duterte’s obsessive and vindictive agenda to lock me up in jail.

And they succeeded.

And now, binabaliktad na naman nila ang istorya at pinapalabas na ako ang mananakot sa kanila para bawiin ang kanilang mga testimonya laban sakin. Ang titindi talaga nilang gumawa ng kwento at magpakalat ng mga kasinungalingan!

But amidst the incessant vilification and machinations from these Duterte operators, I remain hopeful that in due time, in God’s time, the truth will be known, the truth about this grand scheme of lies and deceptions. Time will come when, in an atmosphere of truth telling, these convicts and other so-called witnesses will come clean and disavow their respective perjurious statements.

Can this happen soon? Most unlikely, for as long as these convicts-witnesses are within the control or at the mercy of the authorities.

It will happen when the oppressive reign of this wicked regime ends.

“Remember that all through history, there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they seem invincible. But in the end, they always fall. Always.” (Mahatma Gandhi) ###

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