Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II of the Department of Justice (DoJ) on Friday said that the department is still verifying the information contained in documents it received about the cash deposits under the name of DoJ employee.
Aguirre said the verification of the documents the agency received was to build up a case against former Justice Secretary and now Senator Leila de Lima who were linked by President Rodrigo Duterte to the operation of illegal drugs syndicates at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City.
He noted the documents on the cash deposits under the name of Edna “Bogs” Obuyes, one of the clerks at the office of then Justice Secretary De Lima, might be misinformation campaign from the camp of the Senator as they need to confirmed first.
“We are just at the initial stage of releasing the case. Alam kong meron silang operation ng disinformation para makuryente pumutok sa mukha namin ang documents na aming ilalabas. Meron silang disinformation campaign. Hindi basta basta susubuan mo ako ng dokumento maniniwala na ako dun. Yung media meron na pero secratary nyo wala pa,” Aguirre told reporters during the press conference held at DoJ in Manila.
He added that Obuyes already denied that he received the money on his bank account when he asked Obuyes to come to his office.
Aguirre also said that he talked to Jonathan Caranto, DOJ employee, claiming the senator ordered him to deposit the money to the bank account of driver/ bodyguard Ronnie Dayan.
“Ang sabi niya sa akin aside from six instances na sya inutusan ni De Lima sa around 40 to 20 thousand mga 2014 yan siguro siya (Dayan) ay nasa probinsya,” he said.
He noted that he asked Obuyes and Caranto to go to NBI to filed their affidavit to clear their names and the two agreed.
Aguirre also provided lawyer from Public Attorney’s Office as they went to NBI and also willing to undergo lie detector test.
In their affidavit, Aguirre said the two denied the existence of deposit slips. Caranto went under lie detector test but Obuyes did not undergo the test.
Caranto isstill working at the DoJ while Obuyes has ended her contract in DoJ.
Sought for a comment on De Lima’s threat to sue him, Aguirre said she could do what she likes as long as it is within the bounds of law.
“I have nothing to fear. I am not like some past secretaries of justice who allowed themselves to be used by Malacañang,” he noted. (PNA)