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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday, August 23, that he would reveal a “matrix” next week involving Senator Leila de Lima’s in drug trafficking in the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa.

“I will show to you, maybe this week, the matrix. I am just validating the matrix in Muntinlupa. De Lima is included in the matrix. So it would share her role there,” the President said in an ambush interview with reporters at the sideline of the oath-taking of generals and flag officers at the Palace’s Rizal Hall.

But Duterte refused to disclose further information.

When asked if De Lima was the highest ranking official who has links to illegal drugs, the President was quick to respond with affirmation.

He also hinted that apart from De Lima, a governor and an undersecretary were also included in the list.

“When I go out with the matrix, you will know. There is also a governor and you know, he’s my friend, I could not believe it but he’s there in the revelation. Also, there is an undersecretary,” he said.

Asked then if he is referring to former Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III, Duterte said: "How did you know? Yes, [he is]."

It can be recalled that the President claimed last Sunday that during De Lima’s stint as Justice secretary, most of the inmates were given preferential treatment.

“There were parties being held almost every night; there was a combo, a musical group; liquors and alcoholic drinks flowed freely and women went inside and out the prison,” Duterte said.

De Lima, however, denied the President’s allegations against her and described it as an “absolute lie.”

“I’m denying it again. That’s an absolute lie, that’s completely false. I am willing to be shot in front of the President if the accusations thrown against me will be proven true,” De Lima said earlier. AJRSP

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