Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra remains firm in his decision to push through with drug charges against detained outgoing Senator Leila De Lima.
“The panel of prosecutors in the de Lima cases has advised the justice secretary that, after a thorough review of the evidence already presented as well as evidence still to be presented, there is good reason to continue the active prosecution of the senator,” he said on Tuesday (June 14 ).
Guevarra reiterated this following continued calls for the DOJ to withdraw the drug charges against De Lima due to the retractions made by individuals of their testimonies against the lawmaker.
De Lima is facing charges over her alleged involvement in the proliferation of he illegal drugs trade at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City.
“As far as the ‘retractions’ of certain persons are concerned, the prosecution takes the position that until these persons are actually presented in court for examination to ascertain their truthfulness, their alleged recantations have no probative value whatsoever,” Guevarra said.
“In any event, the final say on the disposition of the cases rests on the judge alone and no other,” he added.