Two confirmed nephews of Senator Leila de Lima in the Bicol region were caught in the act by local authorities in the middle of their pot session. De Lima’s nephews were only among the four suspects who were arrested in Baao, Camarines Sur, this Tuesday, August 23 at around 6 pm, while the police are conducting their Oplan Tokhang operations.
According to Bicol Standard, Baao Police identified the four drug suspects as William Catangui y Cederia, 28, of San Juan; Zaldy Botin, 31, of San Juan; Alexander Colarina y De Lima, 39, and his younger brother Richard, 37, both from San Agustin, Iriga City. All of them are now jailed at Baao Philippine National Police station, for further questioning.
Confiscated from them are two medium-sized heat-sealed plastic sachets with a substance of suspected shabu; an unused plastic sachet; an improvised aluminum foil tooter; two pieces of aluminum foil; and a lighter, the report said. Incidentally, authorities said this is not the first time that the de Lima brothers were caught taking illegal drugs.
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Meanwhile, Barangay Kagawad Elma Gaspi, a cousin of Sen. de Lima, confirmed that Alexander and Richard are both nephews of the neophyte senator. He added that Sen. de Lima herself has previously sent her nephews to jail for the same reason, to show to the public that she is not tolerating them, and that she is dedicated in fighting illegal drugs.
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In line with this, Gaspi also requested the public not to link the name of Sen. de Lima in her nephews’ drug activities. He emphasized that Alexander and Richard de Lima are the children of the senator’s cousin, whom he did not mention the name. As of posting, Sen. de Lima has not issued her comment on this latest trouble linking her name.
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Senator Leila de Lima, now 56, was born and raised in Iriga City, Camarines Sur. She was appointed Chairperson of the Philippine Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in 2008 by then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. She resigned from her post in 2010 after President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino appointed her as secretary of the Department of Justice (DOJ).