Previous Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila de Lima belittled Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for his remarks blaming the current administration of unable to do enough to stop the production of illegal drugs within the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City.
In the second round of the PiliPinas Debates 2016 held at the University of the Philippines Cebu City campus, Duterte stated that the government hasn’t shut down the illegal drugs in the national penitentiary.
“This administration allowed shabu to be cooked inside a national penitentiary. Is that your performance?” Duterte said to Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer and former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas in the said debate.
Answering to the Mayor of Davao City claims, De Lima, who’s presently running as a Senator under the LP party, challenged Mayor Duterte to provide his suggestions rather than of “peddling lies.”
“Rather than peddling lies and hurling baseless attacks, Mayor Duterte will be better appreciated if he can present a better proposal for improving our correctional system and sustaining the reforms. It is not true that the Aquino administration did not do anything in fixing the correctional system,” De Lima said to the Inquirer in a statement.
Furthermore, the previous Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary pointed out her achievements while she placed in the Cabinet position.
“Given the number of times Oplan Galugad was conducted, it should be clear to everyone that there is no shabu laboratory at the NBP. During my term as DOJ Secretary, we instituted reforms in the correctional system. I personally went to the NBP to crack down on these illegal activities. We also demolished the kubols (private rooms) they set up. We then had a new security facility for these high profile inmates,” de Lima explained.
Both Rody Duterte and Leila de Lima also have a long-standing bitterness with one another. As DOJ Secretary, the senatorial hopeful opened up investigations on the alleged “Davao Death Squads” sanctioned by Rody Duterte under his term as Davao City Mayor.