MANILA - Senator Alan Cayetano on Friday lambasted Senator Leila De Lima for accusing Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go of allegedly asking for the reinstatement of a police official who headed the controversial raid in a jail that led to the death of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.
De Lima yesterday claimed that Go, considered as President Rodrigo Duterte’s most trusted aide, is the "higher official" who ordered the reinstatement of Superintendent Marvin Marcos as head of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Region 8.
De Lima said she has a police source who tipped her off on who ordered Marcos' reinstatement. She said it is widely known in the PNP that Go asked for the reinstatement of Marcos.
Go has since denied the allegation and said he does not intervene in PNP affairs.
Cayetano, a staunch ally of the president, said De Lima should instead face allegations that she is involved in the illegal drug trade.
"Senator De Lima seems to be resorting to squid tactics as a strategy to get the attention away from the accusations in which she herself is involved," he said.
"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," he added.
Cayetano hit De Lima for targeting the administration and making assumptions based only on supposedly pure hearsay. He called on the senator to refrain from deflecting the real issue and instead face allegations thrown against her head on.
"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," he said.
"These new intrigues are merely part of Senator De Lima's and her shadowy allies' plan to replace the President with their own."
Cayetano meanwhile expressed his unrelenting support for the Duterte administration's ongoing campaign against illegal drugs, saying he would continue to assist the President in cleansing the government of rogue officials trying to get in the way of their fight for more genuine reforms and real change.
"The President has started the war against illegal drugs, and is committed to clean our government of narco politicians and other drug protectors. But many people are still trying to cover the truth through different cloaks of disguise. We will not allow them to win," Cayetano said.