Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre is set to present about 30 witnesses that will supposedly disclose who are the persons behind the proliferation of illegal drug trade inside New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City.
The witnesses will be brought to the House of Representatives' inquiry on drugs on Tuesday beginning at 9 am.
Aguirre says, while in the past, only about 2 or 3 witnesses are willing to come out, more persons have told him in the last two weeks that they are now ready to testify in the investigation.
Drug and robbery convict Herbert Colangco will lead the line-up of witnesses.
Colangco has been temporarily removed from NBP’s Bilibid 19 and transferred to the custody of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces (ISAFP).
A former Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Bureau of Corrections will also testify.
Vitaliano says, the name of Former Justice Secretary and now Senator De Lima will be inevitably mentioned in the witnesses’ testimonies.
In a press conference at the DOJ on Monday morning, he said, “incidental ang pag-implicate kay De Lima. Yan ay di maiwasan sa pagsasalaysay kung bakit may pagkunsinti o walang ginawa ang mga tao (Implicating De Lima is incidental. That can’t be avoided in the testimonies on why there is consent or why people did not do things).”
De Lima earlier described the probe as a sham meant to destroy her upon the orders of the President.
“With or without an invitation, I will NOT attend that hearing. I will not even send any representative, lawyer or even an observer. I’m not at all recognizing that proceeding,” she had said.