Boying open to review De Lima’s drug cases

Incoming Department of Justice (DoJ) Secretary and Cavite Representative Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla on Tuesday expressed that he is open to reviewing the drug cases filed against detained Senator Leila de Lima.,The lawmaker, however, described the recent recantations of the cases’ prime witnesses against de Lima as a “cause of concern.”,“That’s already a cause of concern. That’s a red flag that there is something wrong,” Remulla said in a television interview.,Since there is no conviction yet, he said he can still study the case, noting that “recantations are frowned upon by the courts.”,Self-confessed drug trader Kerwin Espinosa, de Lima’s former bodyguard Ronnie Dayan, and former Bureau of Corrections officer-in-charge Rafael Ragos previously recanted their accusations linking De Lima to the illegal drug trade.,The witnesses claimed that they were forced to make their previous statements, which ultimately led to de Lima’s imprisonment.,In response to Remulla, de Lima said that she hopes that the next Justice chief would “do the right thing.”,“I would be grateful to the incoming DoJ Secretary if he will personally go over my cases and see for himself the grave injustice done to me—how his predecessors have ignored and manipulated the law by their selective prosecution where the convicted Bilibid inmates are practically granted immunity in exchange for falsely testifying against me and the other accused,” de Lima said in a statement.,“A genuine, honest-to-goodness review of my cases will reveal the truth of my innocence,” she added.,Meanwhile, Remula said he is in favor of the continuation of the Duterte administration’s signature anti-narcotics drive.,“I believe that the proliferation of illegal drugs is one of the biggest problems of our country. Almost every Filipino family was affected by the effects of illegal drugs,” he said.,Remulla said he will keep his congressional post until he secures confirmation as Marcos’ Justice chief.,“If it’s the President’s desire, I will hold on to my job until I am confirmed. It has been the tradition in Congress to stay in our post until we are confirmed,” he said.