Philippines: Philippine agency files graft, narcotics charges against Duterte critic

Author(s): Manuel Mogato | Date: November 10, 2016 | Language: English
Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/ | URL: https://goo.gl/VYlkqd | Type: Text

A Philippine law enforcement agency filed bribery, graft and drug-related complaints against a senator and former minister on Thursday, in the first step towards prosecuting the biggest critic of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.
The cases were lodged by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the Philippine equivalent of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, against Senator Leila de Lima, two former prison officials and a dozen inmates for involvement in the illegal drug trade at a national jail.
“It is evident from the revelations of numerous witnesses as detailed in their sworn affidavits that … de Lima was fully aware of the unlawfulness of their actions,” said the NBI complaint.

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