Just file charges in court, Fariñas tells DOJ chief Aquirre on Alonte bribery mess

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Instead of making announcement at the media, Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitalliano Aquirre III should file charges against Biñan, Laguna Lone District Rep. Marlyn “Len” Alonte-Naguiat for allegedly offering a P100 million in a bid to recant the testimonies of the eight high-profile inmates testifying against Sen. Leila De Lima.

This was disclosed by House Majority Leader and Ilocos Norte 1st District Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas in a message February 24.

“Secretary Aguirre should substantiate his allegations and file the necessary charges in order for Rep. Alonte (Naguiat) to be afforded her right to due process. She has no duty to prove her innocence as the Constitution grants her that right,” the politiko added.

The Laguna solon earlier vehemently denied the DOJ chief’s allegation, stressing she does not know any of the inmates whom Aquirre claims she attempted to bribe in a bid to retract their testimonies.

Alonte-Naguiat also said she is willing to confront her accuser and undergo a lie-detector test to prove her innocence.

The said inmates are presently detained at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Custodial Center in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

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