P24-M cash deposits by De Lima staff

How was a staff member of Sen. Leila de Lima when she was justice secretary able to amass P24 million in just two months?

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This is one of the puzzles that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is resolving in its ongoing fact-finding investigation on the alleged involvement of De Lima in narcotics operations of convicts in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

Edna “Bogs” Obuyes, one of two clerks at the office of the DOJ chief who was interrogated by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), appeared to have become an instant millionaire in 2014. Obuyes was not a regular DOJ employee.

A bank document obtained by The STAR from a DOJ source showed that a total of P24 million in cash was deposited in a bank account under the name of Bogs C. Obuyes in March and April 2014.

Cash deposit slips showed that the alleged deposits were made on March 7, 2014 (P4.8 million), March 21, 2014 (P7.2 million), April 4, 2014 (P2.6 million), April 18, 2014 (P4.8 million) and April 24, 2014 (P4.6 million).

Bank representatives refused to comment, citing confidentiality of accounts under the bank secrecy law.

Probers said the bank records being subjected to verification were “shocking” since Obuyes was a clerk “whose salary could not have reached such enormous amounts.”

Obuyes is no longer with the DOJ as she was a contractual employee whose contract had expired.

It was earlier reported that Obuyes and another clerk, Jong Caranto, had prepared affidavits claiming that they were told by De Lima to deposit millions of pesos to a bank account that wasn’t under her name.

The STAR reported yesterday that Obuyes and Caranto went to the National Bureau of Investigation for the probe. They have undergone lie detector tests.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II earlier hinted that probers have traced several bank accounts where alleged drug money went, but quickly clarified that these were not under the name of De Lima.

Aguirre has also confirmed that six witnesses from the NBP have surfaced to pin down De Lima on possible drug and graft charges.

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