Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre on Thursday, revealed Senator Leila De lima allegely deposited millions of pesos to the back account of her former driver when she was still the Justice Secretary.
Aguirre confirmed, an employee of the Department of Justice (DOJ), Jonathan “Jong” Caranto, wo executed an affidavit against De lima, claimed that the senator instructed him to deposit millions of pesos to the bank account of Ronnie Dayan.
Dayan, on the other hand, has been tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte as De Lima’s alleged driver-bodyguard who had collected drug money for her.
According to Aguirre, Caranto allegely received money from De lima for him to deposit to Dayan's bank account.
“Binibigyan daw sya (Caranto) ng pera ni De Lima para ideposit dun sa account ni Dayan,” Aguirre told reporters.
The DOJ chief ardently denied De Lima’s statement that the two employees, who worked with her when she was the Justice Secretary, were forced to execute their affidavits.
“Merong affidavit, walang pumilit sa kanila, voluntary,” Aguirre said, adding that the two just wanted to clear their names
In fact, they were willing to undergo a lie detector test to prove their allegations, he added.
Aside from saying that there was a bank account under Dayan’s name, Aguirre could not provide other details pending further investigation.
Asked how the account would be linked to De Lima when it was not under her name, Aguirre said, “Hindi pa nga tapos yung investigation namin so tingnan natin kung paaano mali-link, kung mali-link ba yun sa kanya o hindi.”
(Our investigation has not ended yet so we will still see how it is linked, whether it could be linked to her or not.)
He reiterated that there are other people who would come out and speak about the alleged corruption inside the National Bilibid Prison.