LIVE STREAM: Hearing on De Lima in House probe of Bilibid drug trade

Watch congressional inquiry on probe of Bilibid drug trade as 14 witnesses, including high-profile convicts such as Herbert Colangco, are set to testify against Senator Leila de Lima.

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LIVE STREAM: Hearing on De Lima in House probe of Bilibid drug trade

The House of Representatives will open a hearing Tuesday (Sep. 20) on probe on the proliferation of illegal drugs in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) that involves Senator Leila De Lima.

Reports said several convicts are expected to testify on her alleged links to the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison when she was still justice chief.

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The House Justice committee will lead the inquiry scheduled on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. The hearing will focus on House Resolution No. 5 filed by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and several House leaders to look into the “involvement and accountability of the authorities mandated to exercise control and supervision over the national penitentiary under the leadership of then Secretary of the Department of Justice Leila M. De Lima, and such other heads of law enforcement agencies tasked with implementing law enforcement policies, particularly those combating the use, proliferation and trade of illegal and prohibited drugs.”

Taking the lead at the inquiry – mandated by House Resolution No. 5 filed by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and several House leaders – is the House Justice committee. The hearing will look into the “involvement and accountability of the authorities mandated to exercise control and supervision over the national penitentiary under the leadership of then Secretary of the Department of Justice Leila M. De Lima, and such other heads of law enforcement agencies tasked with implementing law enforcement policies, particularly those combating the use, proliferation and trade of illegal and prohibited drugs.”

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre III will present some 20 witnesses to testify about the drug trade inside the NBP, according to Surigao Del Norte Rep. Robert “Ace” Barbers, chair of the House dangerous drugs committee.

Meanwhile, Senator De Lima was among the guests invited to the hearing but cannot be compelled to attend the inquiry, in honor of inter-parliamentary courtesy, a tradition of both houses of Congress not meddling into their respective affairs.

But Speaker Alvarez emphasized that the House investigation will push through with or without De Lima.

The hearing on illegal drug trade in NBP is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. and can be watched live streaming online.

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