Sen. Leila de Lima predicted that Kerwin Espinosa and Jaybee Sebastian will end up like what happened to Rolando Espinosa, even if they agreed to cooperate with the government in its fight against illegal drugs.

"This is my advice to Kerwin. Don’t ever think that your 'cooperation' will spare you your life. Sooner or later this government is going to make sure you end up like your father," De Lima said in a statement on Sunday.

Kerwin was arrested in Abu Dhabi last month.

"I make the same prediction for Jaybee Sebastian," she added, referring to the high-profile Bilibid inmate who testified in the House inquiry. Sebastian exposed De Lima as a drug dealer.

Ever since her criticism to Duterte's administration, De Lima has been tagged repeatedly in alleged drug trades inside the Bilibid prison and she has continuously denied these accusations. 

She said that she would not be surprised if Kerwin would also try to bring her down.

"I will also not deny that given everything that the government has thrown at me, it won't be farfetched that he will just be another of the witnesses to be brought against me in their effort to destroy me," she said.

"Be that as it may, I will be listening to Kerwin's testimony, and let the people judge as to its credibility given the circumstances of the moment where drug lords/drug personalities left and right are being stabbed or killed whether they cooperate with the government or not."

De Lima also slammed the Duterte administration for not presenting evidence to prove that she received money from the illegal drug trade.

"Show us the money. I assure you there is none. No amount of browbeating the [Anti-Money Laundering Council] can make me a billionaire in its records overnight," she said.

Rolando Espinosa, the mayor of Albuera, Leyte was killed inside the prison during an alleged shootout in the early hours of November 5.

Philippine National Police's Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Region 8 said they had shot the mayor as a self-defense after he pulled a gun on them.

The younger Espinosa described his father's killing as a "rubout."

Source: TNP, GMA

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