A document shows a total of P24-million cash was deposited to a bank by a former staff of Senator Leila de Lima, when she was still the DOJ (Department of Justice ) Secretary. The said bank document was revealed as the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) interrogated Edna “Bogs” Obuyes, who used to work as an ordinary clerk at the DOJ.
As noted at Philstar this Friday, September 2, a source from the DOJ told them that the bank deposits were allegedly made to BDO (Banco De Oro) in 2014 via five different deposits – P4.8 million (on March 7), P7.2 million (on March 21), P2.6 million (on April 4), P4.8 million (on April 18), and P4.6 million (on April 24), all amounting to P24 million.
Obuyes, along with another former staff of the DOJ during the time of de Lima named Jonathan “Jong” Caranto earlier submitted their affidavits to the NBI implicating Sen de Lima’s link with the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP). Nevertheless, some reports said that the two individuals were only forced to sign a prepared affidavit.
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Earlier that day after the Senate hearing on the alleged wiretapping in drug-related cases, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre III told reporters that Obuyes and Caranto decided to come out to clear their names, and that they voluntarily signed their affidavits. He added that they are even willing to undergo a lie detector test to prove they are telling the truth.
According to Aguirre, Caranto’s affidavit also revealed that then-DOJ secretary de Lima gave him millions of pesos and instructed him to deposit them to the bank account of Ronnie Dayan, the senator’s alleged former driver-lover. However, he did not disclose the exact amount, when Caranto deposited them, and what bank and branch.
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As a response, Sen Leila de Lima categorically denied all the allegations and said that the so-called bank documents are fake and fabricated. She also appealed to the DOJ and NBI not to allow themselves to be used just to destroy her name. Nevertheless, the former DOJ secretary noted that she will file a case against the people behind all these accusations.