De Lima slams senate colleagues over ‘false, malicious’ charges in GCTA probe

De Lima slams senate colleagues over ‘false, malicious’ charges in GCTA probe

Detained opposition senator Leila De Lima has slammed her colleagues in theSenate with respect to the way the sente hearing was being conducted regarding the testimonies of Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) officials, saying that it appeared the hearing shifted was, in fact, targeting her.

The detained senator insisted that the accusations being thrown to her by  BuCor officer-in-charge Rafael Ragos and NBI agent Jovencio Ablen that money sourced from inmates was delivered to her residence are nothing but pure lies.

She took offense at the way committee chair Senator Richard Gordon and other fellow senators–Francis Tolentino and Panfilo Lacson–made the inquiry to veer towards her.

Detained opposition senator Leila De Lima
(photo credit to owner)

“I vehemently deny and deplore the accusations of certain fellow Senators, like Senators Gordon and Tolentino, and even Senator Lacson,” De Lima said in a statement from her detention cell.

“I say they are the ones who accuse me because it was reported to me that they were practically the ones who testified for, if not guided the testimonies of Ragos and Ablen as presented by Sen. Lacson, who, I was told, asked primarily leading questions,” she added.

“It was also reported to me that Ragos did not even have to narrate his testimony. Rather than questioning Ragos and Ablen to let them testify, it was Sen. Gordon himself who read out loud the false and malicious imputations against me,” De Lima said.

“Ragos and Ablen ended up mechanically confirming what Sen. Gordon read. Sen. Tolentino even attempted to have Ragos confirm prior fake stories which were already debunked,” she claimed.

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