De Lima predicts grim fate for alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa

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(File photo) Sen. Leila De Lima speaks up as alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa is set to attend a Senate inquiry into the illegal drug trade in Bilibid. She tells Espinosa that his cooperation with the government might not end well for him.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Senator Leila De Lima cautions Kerwin Espinosa: you might meet the same fate as your father.

In a statement released on Sunday, De Lima advised alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa: "Don't ever think that your 'cooperation' will spare you your life. Sooner or later this government is going to make sure you end up like your father."

She added, "I make the same prediction for Jaybee Sebastian."

Read: Lacson: Kerwin Espinosa must live to tell his story

De Lima said that it would not be "farfetched" to say that Espinosa would be another witness brought forward to "destroy" her.

Kerwin's father, Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa, was killed in his Baybay, Leyte jail cell on November 5.

At loggerheads

De Lima has been accused of being at the helm of the illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison.

Several former officials of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) have tagged her as the "Mother of all Drug Lords" and the bureau has filed a complaint against her.

Read: NBI files drug complaint vs. De Lima

De Lima has strongly denied her links to the Bilibid drug trade, saying that President Rodtigo Duterte has gotten false information about her.

She has filed a case against Duterte, saying it a test case for his immunity from suit.

The group Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) have also filed a case calling for De Lima's disbarrment on the ground of gross immorality citing her alleged affair with her former driver-bodyguard, Ronnie Dayan.

Read: Group wants De Lima disbarred

She has requested the public respect her right to privacy following her admission of the affair with Dayan.

Show proof

De Lima has dared her accusers to show proof of her involvement in the illegal drug trade in Bilibid.

She said, "Show us the money. I assure you there is none. No amount of browbeating the AMLC can make me a billionaire in its records overnight. In the meantime, maybe we should look at whose bank accounts are getting fatter as this great distraction of the stoning of De Lima is being performed to the delight of some of the public. "

She added, "As for the greatest mystery this government is trying to uncover, all this parade of witnesses has not proven a single thing, except its own deadly partnership with criminals and drug lords against me. It hasn't shown a single evidence of where the money is."