Senator Leila de Lima on Tuesday questioned the filing of drug trafficking charges against her before the Department of Justice, saying it was not the proper venue.

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De Lima said the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and lawyer Ferdinand Topacio should file the complaint against her before the Office of the Ombudsman.

She said, "The lawyers of VACC and Atty. Topacio should know that such a case against me for acts done while Secretary of Justice should be filed with the Ombudsman".

She said the case will eventually be filed with the Ombudsman for another round of investigation.

"In the meantime, the complainants would have wasted time by filing it with the DOJ. In the interest of the speedy administration of justice, they should have directly filed this complaint with the Ombudsman, not the DOJ,” De Lima said.

“Unless they have other reasons for filing it with the DOJ instead of the Ombudsman. 

Maybe because that is the domain of Aguirre, the master of fakery. Justice under Aguirre is fake,” she added.

Besides De Lima, also charged with sale of illegal drugs are former Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III, former Bureau of Corrections chief Franklin Bucay, De Lima's former security aides  Ronnie Dayan, Joenel Sanchez and Jose Adrian Dera alias Jad De Vera,
Bucayu's staff and alleged bagman Col. Wilfredo Ely, and high profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian.

“Instead of stoning me in a House inquiry, they should start filing cases in the proper venue,” she said.


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