MANILA - Justice Secretary Leila De Lima refuses to comment, for now, on reports that her ex-husband, Atty. Plaridel Bohol, reportedly one of the lawyers of alleged "pork barrel" scam architect Janet Lim Napoles, accompanied Napoles when she met with two top National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) officials prior to her arrest on serious illegal detention charges.
The criminal case was filed by scam primary whistleblower Benhur Luy.
De Lima said she did not want to preempt the findings of the NBI ad hoc committee that is investigating these supposed separate meetings in 2013.
The justice chief's marriage to Bohol has been annulled.
"Ayoko na muna magcomment. I don't want to comment on that muna because alam nyo naman merong ad hoc committee. Alam ko na storya dyan because I became curious earlier. I don't want to be saying things now that might preempt yung investigation ng ad hoc committee. Hands off ako dyan," De Lima said.
NBI Director Virgilio Mendez tasked the committee to look into these meetings, describing the report as "very disturbing."
Sacked NBI Deputy Director Reynaldo Esmeralda has identified former bureau chief Nonnatus Rojas and current NBI Deputy Director for Regional Services Rafael Ragos as the officials who allegedly met with Napoles even when the serious illegal detention complaint was pending with the justice department.
Esmeralda said he was forced to name his two former colleagues after having been suspected of leaking information to Napoles on the progress of the criminal case.