Solicitor General Jose Calida on Thursday cast doubt over Senator Leila De Lima's reputation after releasing a photo showing her with Jaybee Sebastian, a suspected drug lord operating inside the New Bilibid Prison.
The photo was allegedly taken inside Sebastian's kubol (makeshift dwelling), according to a report of GMA News' Mariz Umali on "24 Oras" on Thursday.
"She looks good in the picture. What was she doing in the mansion of Jaybee Sebastian? Calida said. "And there are many other photos. Ito pa lang ang teaser."
De Lima denounced insinuations linking her to Sebastian or "to any other convicted or suspected drug lord or operator now or in the past."
“I categorically deny any insinuation of me extending any protection or accommodation to any criminal," the senator said in a statement.
"My personal and professional records would belie all accusations hurled against me, which are obviously intended to malign my good name and reputation and to undermine the performance of my lawful duties as a senator,” she added.
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