“I do not remember any instance or occasion of having met him. I categorically, firmly, and absolutely deny having received any money—any cash—from Mr. Kerwin Espinosa, either directly or indirectly through anyone else, in any occasion at any time, whether that money is supposedly for either protection or fundraising for campaign expenses.”
This is the statement of Senator Leila de Lima when she talked to reporters after the Senate hearing of the committee on public order was adjourned.
She addressed her colleagues to deny the revelation made by Kerwin Espinosa in the senate probe surrounding the death of the elder Espinosa.
“Let me say this to my colleagues here, and everyone in this hall, and to everyone listening and watching these proceedings… I say this to you: I categorically, firmly, and absolutely deny having known Mr. Kerwin Espinosa.”
Meanwhile, a photo of then DOJ Secretary de Lima shared with the family members of a netizen photo sender taken in Baguio City surfaces online to debunk the senator’s statement that she did not meet Kerwin in any occasion.
The netizen shared the pic of her Aunt taken with then DOJ Sec. Leila de Lima in Burnham Park on November 19, 2015.
Curiously, the date and the location mentioned by Kerwin Espinosa matches with the timeline when the pic of the sender shared by de Lima, her Mom and aunt was taken in Baguio City.
The caption reads:
Hey Ms. Leila de Lima, what are you saying na lahat na sinabi ni Kerwin are lies? My mom and tita were there at the time. Di ba sa Burnham Park to? This was taken November 19, 2015. Kaya pala iba ang ngiti mo? (She is wearing the same outfit nung picture nila ni Kerwin below.)
The pic first appeared on the FB Page “Balitang Totoo” and has generated more than 2,000 shares, an hour after it was published.
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