MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – While Senator Leila De Lima was delivering her privilege speech attacking Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Manny Pacquiao, and President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, her cell phone registered thousands of incoming calls. Her phone was, of course, on silent mode.
The calls came in soon after National Bilibid Prison inmate Herbert Colangco testified at today’s Congressional hearing on drug business proliferation at the national penitentiary that he had spoken by phone to De Lima, revealing the cell phone number he dialed to do so.
Colangco and other witnesses testified that De Lima, then the Secretry of Justice, benefited from drug deals inside the prison.
The incoming calls included several from Deputy House Speaker Gwen Garcia who tried to call De Lima’s supposed cell phone number to verify the truth and accuracy of Colangco’s testimony. To Garcia’s surprise, the number she dialed corresponded with a saved cell phone number she had on her phone’s address book which belonged to De Lima.
Others who tried to call De Lima’s cell phone number merely got a recorrded message saying, “All circuits are busy. Please try your call later.”
The cell phone number is 0917-842-19**