Poe to De Lima: Explain why drug trade boomed during your term at DOJ
Tuesday, December 20, Senator Grace Poe said that Senator Leila de Lima should explained why drug problems "flourished" during her term as a Justice Secretary.
In an interview of Abs-Cbn News Channel's Headstart, Poe said that illegal drugs increased not only inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) but also in other parts of the country when De Lima was the head of the Department of Justice (DOJ).
“I think it’s just right that she accounts for this and answers the allegations against her,” she said.
Poe also said it will be hard for De Lima to brush off the allegations knowing that many witnesses and “collaborating testimonies” appeared about her involvement in the illegal drug trade.
“But as I said, it was during her time when she was DOJ secretary that 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,” she added.
“I think that we all have to be able to be accountable to the public,” Poe further said.
Poe on the other hand promised to be “very fair” in hearing the complaint against De Lima.
Asked if she was ready to admonish a colleague, Poe said, “You know that would be one of the hardest things to do but I think, ultimately, you’re accountable to the people that put you in office.”
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“I think that we all have to be able to be accountable to the public,” she added.
“But I will be very fair. (I will) look at the merits of the case,” Poe stressed.
Poe to De Lima: Explain why drug trade boomed during your term at DOJ Reviewed by Newsinfo Learn on December 20, 2016 Rating: