Aguirre to De Lima: We have witnesses

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Department of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said he has at least four witnesses who can link Senator Leila De Lima and her driver to drug-related activities.

He added he has two more witness linking former Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan to illegal drugs as well.

Aguirre said that they have "at least five or six" people who have given sworn statements, but says this number might increase.

Aguirre gave the statement at an event hosted by the European Embassy, for a project aimed at improving the Philippine justice system.

Aguirre said they will soon present their witnesses at a House investigation on the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison.

He added, the witnesses confirm Senator De Lima's former driver and body guard Ronnie Palisoc Dayan collected money from high profile drug lords.

He also cited testimony stating that De Lima and Dayan were seen in Urbiztondo, Pangasinan in June after the elections.

He added, they are talking to several witnesses about the involvement of Former Justice undersecretary Francisco Baraan III.

Aguirre said, "There are many individuals who have expressed their intention to execute affidavits."

According to him, these witnesses are inmates, guards, and other people close to the accused.

But in a statement on Wednesday morning, Baraan denied the accusations – saying that he will file a complaint and is confident that truth will prevail.

Aguirre also added, there is a fourth individual to be revealed in the House investigation. He has not confirmed, however, if this is the mysterious governor recently admonished by President Rodrigo Duterte in a speech.

With these revelations, the coming House investigation on the Bilibid Prison drug trade, will surely be closely watched by Filipinos.