MANILA, 24July2013 (PNA) – Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima Wednesday warned of filing criminal charges against officials of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.
De Lima made the warning to the PNP-CIDG officials who revealed the identity of the witnesses of the National Bureau of Investigation in the arrest of drug trafficker-convict Jackson Dy.
De Lima said this is if indeed the identity of the NBI witnesses as divulged by the PNP-CIDG officials is true.
She said what the PNP-CIDG did was violative of the “confidentiality provision” of the Witness Protection Program Act or Republic Act 6981.
De Lima added it was a criminal violation which has a corresponding penalty of imprisonment.
She even asked who gave the right and authority to the PNP-CIDG to disclose the identity of the witnesses.
De Lima also wondered why the PNP-CIDG is “burning” the witnesses of the NBI.
Nevertheless, De Lima did not confirm whether the names identified by the PNP-CIDG are correct.
The said witnesses, who are now under the WPP, were the ones who exposed about the alleged stealing of the money and drug paraphernalia in the place where Dy was arrested.
In the statement of the witnesses to the DOJ, they said one of the vehicles allegedly used by the PNP Anti-Organized Crime Division was where the stolen money and drug paraphernalia were loaded.
Likewise, De Lima earlier said it was possible the killing of the leader of the Ozamis Robbery Gang and the arrest of the convicted drug trafficker are interrelated. (PNA)