OPPOSITION Sen. Leila de Lima yesterday asked a court in Muntinlupa City to include 13 convicts as accused in the illegal drugs case filed against her.
In a motion, de Lima told Regional Trial Court Branch 256 that the Department of Justice conspicuously excluded the names of the convicts in the charge sheet despite investigation showing their complicity as “major players” in the illegal drugs trade inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa.
De Lima, who is now detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, was referring to Herbert Colanggo, Engelberto Durano, Noel Martinez, Reynante Diaz, Jaime Patcho, German Agojo, Hans Antonio Tan, Peter Co, Joel Capones, Vicente Sy, Rodolfo Magleo, Jojo Baligad, and Froilan Trestiza.
They were convicted of murder, kidnapping, robbery with homicide, and illegal drugs sale.
“From the foregoing, it is clear that the prosecution, in excluding the witnesses who played major roles in the offense charged, gravely abused its discretion,” de Lima’s motion said.
”Such action is void and should be rectified by this Honorable Court,” it added.
The prosecution wanted the convicts to testify against de Lima who was accused of conspiring to commit illegal drugs trading inside the NBP when she was still justice secretary.