PH senator’s cohorts in drugs named

By OMER OSCAR ALMENARIO
PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said Malacañang Palace is now in possession of a matrix that shows the alleged role of former Justice Secretary and now Senator Leila de Lima and a governor in the so-called “Muntinlupa Connection” being ran out of the New Bilibid Prison.
In an ambush interview at the Palace, the President said that De Lima was the highest ranking public official in the matrix that he intends to divulge to the public in a week’s time.
“I will show to you maybe this week the matrix, I am just validating it. Matrix ng (of) Muntinlupa connection nandun si De Lima (De Lima is there) actually. The matrix shows her role there,” Duterte said.
Duterte said that aside from the governor, another former ranking official of the Department of Justice (DOJ) is also in the matrix.
“Ngayon alam ko na, alam na ng lahat (Now I know. Everybody knows). When I go after the matrix malalaman na ninyo (you will know it). There is also a governor you know. He is my friend (and) I could not believe it. But nandyan sya sa (he’s there in the) revelation; and an undersecretary,” he said.
When pressed by media if he was referring to Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III as the DOJ official, the President said “yes.”
The President, however, did not name the governor involved.

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