Malacanang shrugs off insinuation from Lima, Pangilinan transfer of Bilibid inmates who testified against detained senator a reward or special treatment

After Duterte’s order transferring high-profile convicts to Fort Bonifacio leaked to the mainstream media, detained Senator Leila de Lima and her LP friends insinuated that the transfer was a reward for testifying against the former Justice Secretary who is now under trial for allegedly coddling dr^g lords and receiving money from them.

Malacanang has taken to social media to quash the malicious lies being peddled by the detained senator on the transfer of the high-profile convicts.

Malacanang maintains there is nothing irregular in his directive.

The Palace added the transfer was simply observing the cardinal rule in prison: the aorta of silence — any whistle-blower is liquidated. Their lives are endangered that is why they were transferred.

Simply put, the Palace would rather err on the side of caution than being sorry.

The Palace reminds the public that de Lima served as the SOJ for six year and Malacanang would not discount the fact that the former SOJ has accumulated sympathizers or henchmen during her tenure therein who may derail the unmasking of the truth about the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison.

You may read the full FB post below from Malacanang spokesman Sal Panelo.

On PRRD’s remarks on the transfer of high-profile convicts to Fort Bonifacio

There is nothing insane, as described by Senator Leila de Lima, nor is it irregular, and neither unusual in ordering high-profile convicts who are witnesses in the case against the aforesaid Senator to be transferred in a marine facility in Fort Bonifacio. Neither is the transfer an indication of a reward, as some senators unfairly and amusingly suggested.

Some quarters may wish to obfuscate or misconstrue the President’s action. But let us be clear: The high-profile convicts remain in a detention facility under the control of the Bureau of Corrections without any VIP treatment. In other words, no special or unusual considerations are granted to them.

Security is the primary consideration for said transfer and such reason, the Palace firmly believes, is legally valid given that their lives are under threat because of their testimonies. This move of PRRD is akin to the Witness Protection Program where the witnesses are given security for their safety. Senator De Lima has been charged with various counts of violating the Dangerous Drugs Act, precisely for being a drug coddler and receiving money from the drug lord inmates. There is a cardinal rule in prison: the aorta of silence — any whistle-blower is liquidated. Their lives are endangered that is why they were transferred.

We also have to understand that Senator De Lima served the Department of Justice as its head for almost six years. There is no denying that the detained senator has accumulated sympathizers or henchmen during her tenure therein who may derail the unmasking of the truth about the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison.

On the propriety of the President’s action, the Palace maintains that there is nothing irregular in his directive. PRRD supervises the entire bureaucracy. He is, after all, the Chief Executive with complete control and supervision over all offices and agencies under the Executive Department.

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