SEVERAL high-profile inmates have a common allegation in their affidavits submitted to the Department of Justice (DOJ) that Sen. Leila de Lima collected millions from them in New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City when she was still justice secretary under the Aquino administration.

“We have given De Lima P3 million per month,” Drug and robbery convict Herbert Colangco who also led the Carcel Side, a coalition of gangs of inmates from the Visayas and Mindanao revealed.

De Lima allegedly earned millions from drug trade as DOJ chief
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Carcel is one of the two factions of inmates in the national penitentiary with over 7,000 members belonging to the Oxo Allied Group. The other is the Presidio Side led by drug convict Jaybee Sebastian with over 5,000 inmates, mostly from Luzon.

“By my estimate, the amount of illegal drug trade inside the NBP upon permission of secretary De Lima before we were transferred to National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) would not be lower than P50 million per month),” Colangco said in Filipino in a four-page affidavit obtained by Philippine Star.

Colangco is a self-styled musician. He produced number of music videos inside the bars.

He explained that the amount was for “payola” to then DOJ secretary “for privileges accorded to us and also for our businesses inside the NBP to continue.”

Colangco also confessed that DURING De Lima’s time, he also ventured into selling beer inside the NBP which made him to generate P3 million for 300 boxes as he would sell the beers more than 10 times the original price per can during events at NBP.

 “Ang share ni secretary De Lima sa pag-aapruba sa pagpasok nito ay P1 million. Ito po ay dinadala ng tao kong si Rey sa DOJ o kinukuha ng tao ni secretary De Lima na si Joenel Sanchez (kasama sa security ni De Lima) at ng kanyang boyfriend na si Ronnie Dayan (secretary De Lima’s share for approving the entry of beer was P1 million. It was either delivered by my courier Rey to DOJ or picked up by secretary De Lima’s security aide Joenel Sanchez and her boyfriend Ronnie Dayan),” Colangco further alleged in his notarized affidavit.

Colangco, also head of the notorious Ozamiz robbery gang, hared further that he and other high-profile inmates were transferred to the NBI in 2014, Sebastian then had a monopoly of illegal drug trade and other illicit activities inside the NBP.

“Ang hindi susunod sa kanyang gusto ay tinatakot na ipapatapon. Naniniwala ang mga tao sa loob ng Bilibid na pwedeng gawin ito sa kanila ni Jaybee Sebastian dahil alam nila ito ay malapit kay secretary De Lima lalo na sa boyfriend nito na si Ronnie Dayan (Those who will defy him were warned to be thrown away. People in the NBP believe that he is capable of doing that because he is known to be close with secretary De Lima, especially with her boyfriend Ronnie Dayan),” he added in the sworn statement signed last Sept. 1.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has confirmed that Colangco, fellow drug convict Noel Martinez and about 10 other inmates would testify before the House of Representatives inquiry on the proliferation of illegal drugs in the NBP.

Aguirre revealed that eight of them have been transferred to the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) custody for fear of their lives inside the national penitentiary in Muntinlupa City.

Some of the witnesses, Aguirre said, have bared in separate affidavits that they have collected money from illegal drugs since 2013 to support the senatorial bid of then secretary De Lima. AJRSP

Source: Philstar

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