De Lima on Duterte’s Drug Matrix: “Is this a joke?; absolutely 100% sure of my innocence”

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MANILA, Philippines — Saying she is 100 percent of her innocence, Sen. Leila de Lima on Thursday laughed off President Rodrigo Duterte’s matrix supposedly showing her role in the drug operations inside the New Bilibid Prison.

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In a press conference, De Lima said the matrix—released by Duterte on the wee hours of Thursday—”properly belongs to the garbage can.”

“As I have often said, I will not dignify any further this so-called ‘drug matrix’ which, any ordinary lawyer knows too well, properly belongs to the garbage can,” she said.

De Lima also described the matrix as “the worst matrix of all time.”

“Even a 12-year-old can draw such a thing,” she said, expressing confidence that the accusation against her will surely go nowhere.

“Like the many tirades thrown at me, these are bound to fail again with all of these trumped-up accusations,” De Lima said.


Aside from De Lima, other former and current government officials in the matrix are former Pangasinan governor and now Pangasinan Rep. Amado Espino Jr., former Justice Undersecretary Francisco “Toti” Baraan III, his brother Pangasinan Provincial Administrator Rafael “Raffy” Baraan, retired Gen. Franklin Bucayo and Pangasinan Board Member Raul Sison.

De Lima’s former driver and alleged lover, Ronie Dayan, is also in the matrix. He was described as being known as “Boss De Lima” or “case fixer” in Urbiztondo, Pangasinan, by well-known politicians.

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