Pangasinan appears to have been the principal source of illegal drugs at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) during the previous administration, with its then governor and provincial administrator allegedly pulling strings under the protection of then justice secretary Leila de Lima.
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Baraan's brother Rafael, the provincial administrator when Espino was governor, was allegedly used to cover for the latter's illegal activities.

Espino, according to the matrix, is out on bail on graft charges. He is said to be the richest politician in Northern Luzon and was involved in black sand mining, quarrying and the illegal numbers game jueteng.

His trusted aide Rafael Baraan was said to have been dismissed from office by the Office of the Ombudsman because of his alleged involvement in black sand mining and quarrying.

In a late night press conference in Davao City, Duterte said De Lima's political career is over following revelations of her alleged involvement in illegal drugs.
Read more: Pangasinan source of NBP drugs – Rody

It's not over until its over for Sen. Leila de Lima, even when she calls the claimed matrix and fabricated evidence against her garbage.
At least four individuals are ready to come out to testify against De Lima to establish her alleged drug links as well as a supposed bank accounts that allegedly serve as a depository account for all the money collected from drug lords and other high-profile inmates.
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Espino's designated Provincial Administrator, who is Undersecretary Baraan's brother Raffy, is described in the matrix as one who "was used by Espino to cover all illegal activities". He was already dismissed by the Office of the Ombudsman because of "black sand mining and quarrying".
"[Raffy Baraan] knew about all illegal activities of [Governor] Espino," the President's notes said.
Read more: 4 witnesses, bank records proof of Leila's drug links

INDUSTRY AND REGULATORY OFFICIALS yesterday held out hope that the country's mining sector could regain traction in the next six years as miners weather a state crackdown on those deemed irresponsible among their ranks, setting a positive tone at the start of an annual summit.
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PANGASINAN Rep. Amado Espino Jr. and Senator Leila de Lima, who were tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte as part of a narcotics web that he made public Thursday, protected each other's illegal activities, sources told the Manila Standard.

The sources are likely to testify against Espino, De Lima and her alleged ex-lover Ronnie Dayan.

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De Lima is such a liar. The President was correct when he said De Lima is lying through her teeth. She did not file any case against Espino. She sat on it. She protected him. The illegal black sand mining operations case was filed in 2011. All the time that she was DoJ secretary, nothing happened to it until close to the elections, but Espino was spared and it was Raffy Baraan, who was made the sacrificial lamb and was dismissed from the service," one of the sources, who requested anonymity, told the Manila Standard.
Read more: 'Leila, Espino in cahoots'

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