Poe says De Lima should explain what happened on drugs during her DOJ secretary term

Senator Grace Poe said Senator Leila de Lima should explain flourished illegal drug problems during her term as the Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary on Tuesday.

In a television interview, Poe said that Sen. De Lima was the Justice secretary when the illegal drug problem increased and she thinks it’s right to put the blame on her and to answer all the allegations against her.

“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,” Poe added.

President Rodrigo Duterte tagged De Lima in the alleged illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison wherein a congressional investigation was launched to look deeper on the alleged actions she did but De Lima rejected the invitation.

Alleged Eastern Visayas drug lord Kerwin Espinosa and her former bodyguard-driver-lover, Ronnie Dayan also implicated that De Lima is connected to illegal drug trade.

According to Espinosa and Dayan, the lady senator received millions to finance her senatorial run last May elections.

Ethics complaint has been also filed by several House leaders against De Lima.

Meanwhile, Poe vowed to be fair in handling the complaint  as a member of the ethics committee.

She remarked that despite the difficulty of imposing penalties on a colleague, the senate must do its job since they are accountable to the people.

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The Senate ethics committee may decide to dismiss the complaint against De Lima, or impose a penalty of admonition, suspension or expulsion.

[Source: GMA Network]