Senator Leila De Lima denied that she personally knows suspected drug lord Kerwin Espinosa and his father Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa, GMA News' "24 Oras" reported on Tuesday.
De Lima made the vehement denial after she was shown at the Senate a picture supposedly showing her with Kerwin.
According to Albuera chief of police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido, the picture was included in Mayor Espinosa's affidavit.
The local executive, in a news conference on Tuesday, said members of Congress, including a senator, were involved in illegal drugs.
"Hindi ko kilala, hindi ko maalala yan. 'Nung eleksyon siguro yan," De Lima said in an interview.
"I don't know Espinosa, even the father. Ang galing-galing talaga nila. Nagka-kalkal sila," she added.
De Lima said the picture must have been taken during the campaign but stressed that she could not recall where and when exactly.
She was also able to point out members of her staff in the background.
"Nagpa-picture lang yan. Hindi yan one of those arranged meetings," De Lima said.
She has repeatedly denied that she was protecting drug dealers when she was secretary of justice. —NB/JST, GMA News