Published December 2, 2016 3:43pm
By KATHRINA CHARMAINE ALVAREZ, GMA News
Senator Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday scored Senator Leila de Lima over her supposed “malicious” accusation against President Rodrigo Duterte’s chief aide, saying it was a mere “squid tactic.”
In a statement, Cayetano said De Lima’s allegation that it was Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go who sought the reinstatement of the controversial Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) head for Eastern Visayas was “a strategy to get the attention away from the accusations in which she herself is involved.”
“Instead of facing allegations of her involvement in the illegal drug trade, Sen. De Lima found it more fitting to file a case against the President of the country. Now, she is targeting Special Assistant to the President Sec. Bong Go with baseless accusations," Cayetano said.
Cayetano, a close ally of President Duterte, said De Lima should not make accusations based only on "pure hearsay."
"Secretary Go is a professional, he doesn't insert his own agenda in his professional duties. He is a soldier who follows his commander-in-chief's directives. He should not be dragged in controversy especially when there is no clear proof,” Cayetano said.
De Lima earlier claimed that a source in the Philippine National Police (PNP) told her that it was Go who asked police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa to reinstate Supt. Marvin Marcos.
Marcos was accused of receiving protection money from alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa.
Go as well as the PNP chief have both denied De Lima’s accusation.
Cayetano branded as another “intrigue” the claim of Senator De Lima.
“These new intrigues are merely part of Senator De Lima's and her shadowy allies' plan to replace the President with their own,” he said.
Cayetano had repeatedly accused De Lima’s allies in the Liberal Party of having a so-called Plan B to have Duterte ousted.
Cayetano lost the vice presidency to LP’s top elected official, Vice President Leni Robredo. He placed third. —NB, GMA News
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