Senator Leila de Lima should face the death penalty if her alleged connections to the illegal drug trade in New Bilibid Prison are proven, an anti-crime watchdog said Wednesday.
Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) founding chairman Dante Jimenez said De Lima's alleged role in the proliferation of illicit drugs at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) could be considered a heinous crime punishable by death.
"Ganoon ang lalabas kasi illegal trafficking ito e kasi imagine, drug trade sa New Bilibid Prison tapos opisyal ka pa," he said.
The VACC is pushing for the reinstatement of death penalty by firing squad, the inclusion of plunder among heinous crimes and heftier penalties for convicted public officials.
The group has also lodged criminal charges and a disbarment case against De Lima for allegedly accepting drug pay-offs from high-profile inmates.
De Lima has denied any wrongdoing and claimed that the VACC's moves are part of a smear campaign headed by President Duterte whom she had criticized for waging a brutal war on drugs.
The killings in Duterte's anti-narcotics crackdown has drawn international criticism, including from the United Nations and US President Barack Obama, prompting the acid-tongued leader to hurl angry insults at the foreign superpowers.