FORMER National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) deputy directors Reynaldo Esmeralda and Raul Lasala appeared to the media on Thursday saying they can stand as witnesses to prove Senator Leila De Lima's involvement with the illegal drug trade.
Both Esmeralda and Lasala were given separation orders by then Justice Secretary de Lima "without due process."
"Iniimbestigahan kasi namin siya noon, tapos bigla na lang binigyan kami ng separation order," Esmeralda said in his interview with CNN Philippines.
The President advised on August 29 after visiting the wake of a slain policeman in Catbalogan, Samar that with the kind of issues she is dealing with right now, the senator should just resign.
"If I were de Lima, I'll hang myself. The innermost of your core, as a female, is being serialized every day. You resign," Duterte said.
Duterte added that the senator has failed several times in proving his involvement with the alleged Davao Death Squad in Davao City.
"I am with the DDS, Davao Development System. You think it is very easy to kill a fellow human being. You build a nation over the bones of your countrymen," he said.
Duterte also reiterated his stance against illegal drugs as he said, "I have to save this generation, otherwise, compromised na ang society natin bukas."