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DE LIMA WANTS U.N. TO PROBE EXTRA JUDICIAL KILLINGS IN THE PHILIPPINES[RELATED: ‘Enough evidence on De Lima for no-bail case’]
[RELATED(2): DOJ orders NBI probe on de Lima over millions in payoffs]


SEPTEMBER 21 -Sen. Leila De Lima, right, gestures as she talks to fellow Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV at the continuing Senate probe on the rising number of extrajudicial killings related to President Rodrigo Duterte's "War on Drugs", Aug. 23, 2016. AP/Bullit Marquez, File Sen. Leila de Lima on Wednesday sought United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on summary executions Agnes Callamard to investigate the alleged extrajudicial killings linked to the Duterte administration's intensified illegal drugs campaign in the country. "Unless a third-party investigator comes in, there is [a] reason to believe that we may not be able to ferret out the whole truth behind the killings, and to serve complete justice to the victims and the Filipino people," De Lima said. Under Senate Resolution No. 153, De Lima urged the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to invite Callamard to look into the spate of extrajudicial killings and summary executions. READ: De Lima cries foul over public disclosure of mobile number, home address De Lima, a former Justice secretary, said that multilateral organizations, such as the UN and the European Union (EU), have expressed grave concerns over drug-related killings in the country. She further said that local and international media have also taken a special interest in reporting the administration-sponsored "war on drugs." READ MORE...RELATED, ‘Enough evidence for no-bail case’... RELATED(2) DOJ orders NBI probe on de Lima over millions in payoffs...

ALSO: New (second) ethics complaint filed against De Lima
(In a letter sent to the committee dated September 14 by de Jesus, he insisted that the panel has jurisdiction in taking up his complaint which cited the issues on the accusations of President Rodrigo Duterte on De Lima's alleged involvement in illegal drugs trade inside the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) and immorality.“Both are proscribed under the Civil Service Rules concerning disgraceful and immoral conduct and crimes involving moral turpitude.)
[RELATED: De Lima seeks SC protection as Duterte admin put her lif in danger]
[RELATED(3): Money trail shows P38-M deposits went to Leila driver’s kin]


SEPTEMBER 21 -
The first ethics complaint against Sen. Leila de Lima, despite insistence of the complainant on his case being well within the jurisdiction of the said panel, is seen to be junked, but a new one was introduced Tuesday.
Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, concurrent chairman of the ethics and privileges committee, yesterday announced the receipt of a new complaint against the neophyte senator while the panel braces itself in deciding on the case lodged by complainant Abelardo de Jesus next week. Aside from the two ethics complaints, de Lima is also facing an electoral protest and a possible graft case from the Department of Justice. “I haven’t seen it. The committee just informed me that somebody came over last night with a new complaint,” he told reporters in an interview. Sotto said they have decided to take into consideration first whether the de Jesus’ case, the alleged drug links of de Lima with convicted drug lords which is the same subject of an ongoing investigation at the House of Representatives, falls under jurisdiction of the ethics committee before taking cognizance of the complaint being sufficient in form and substance.He stressed it remains to be seen if the two complaints would bemerged, as they have to determine first if the contents are the same. Sen. Panfilo Lacson, a member of the panel, meanwhile, dropped hints on the possibility of the pending ethics case against De Lima being dismissed due to lack of jurisdiction of the committee in taking up the case for investigation. “Based on what I read on the complaint and in consultation with my legislative staff, I’m inclined to go along with whoever will move for the dismissal, as of now. I can also do (move for dismissal) that. That’s my inclination,” he said. READ MORE...RELATED, De Lima seeks SC protection...RELATED(3)
Money trail shows P38-M deposits went to Leila driver’s kin...

ALSO: Bank proofs - Aguirre says De Lima has millions in banks, but...
(BUT HE SAYS AMLC DOCUMENTS WON’T SHOW MONEY IN HER NAME)

[RELATED: De Lima- I have no millions SAYS DRUG CONVICTS NOW ALLIES OF DRUG-BUSTER RODY]



SEPTEMBER 23 -
BANK PROOF Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II cites documents from the Anti-Money Laundering Council purportedly showing that Sen. Leila de Lima, allegedly involved in prison drug dealings, has millions of pesos in her bank accounts. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ
BANK PROOF Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II cites documents from the Anti-Money Laundering Council purportedly showing that Sen. Leila de Lima, allegedly involved in prison drug dealings, has millions of pesos in her bank accounts. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ The Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) has submitted documents purporting to show illegal drug transactions between P500 million and P1 billion that may have ended in Sen. Leila de Lima’s bank accounts, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II told the Inquirer on Thursday. The disclosure followed allegations in the congressional hearings the past two days that De Lima, as justice secretary of former President Benigno Aquino III, had received millions of pesos in payoffs for the protection of high-profile convicts who had turned New Bilibid Prison (NBP) into the center of a multibillion-peso narcotics operation. Aguirre said the Department of Justice (DOJ) had received documents from the AMLC concerning bank transactions of drug syndicates operating from NBP. “We don’t expect the bank deposits to be under the name of De Lima because she uses people to collect on her behalf,” he said. Asked about the amount of deposits, he said, “The amount is between P500 million [and] more than one billion pesos.” Aguirre said it would be unlawful for the DOJ to disclose the specific amount prior to the filing of criminal charges against De Lima. READ MORE...RELATED, De Lima: I have no millions SAYS DRUG CONVICTS NOW ALLIES OF DRUG-BUSTER RODY...

ALSO: Duterte denies involvement in Davao death squad
[RELATED: ‘Death squad’ cops to face Senate]


SEPTEMBER 23 -President Rodrigo Duterte Duterte pointed out not a single case was filed against him when Sen. Leila de Lima was chair of the Commission on Human Rights for seven years. STAR/File photo
MANILA, Philippines - President Duterte yesterday denied any involvement in the so-called Davao death squad (DDS), saying it was a political tool used by the opposition during the elections. “It started in Davao as a political issue. As a matter of fact, you go to Davao, the DDS is not really a DDS. It was during the time ‘Sparrow versus the DDS of government,’” Duterte said. “That is not mine. They adopted it and attributed it to me. Then the opposition took it during election. But that’s okay,” he said.  Duterte pointed out not a single case was filed against him when Sen. Leila de Lima was chair of the Commission on Human Rights for seven years.  “She criticized me but did not file a case. As secretary of justice, she was building a name at my expense to become popular,” Duterte said. The DDS is widely believed as being behind the killings of a number of people in Davao City. READ MORE...RELATED, ‘Death squad’ cops to face Senate...

ALSO: Jaybee Sebastian, the feared Bilibid inmate; an asset to De Lima-led raid [RELATED: Leila feels like ‘a dead woman walking’]


SEPTEMBER 23 -JAYBEE SEBASTIAN
Who is Jaybee Sebastian? His name has been repeatedly mentioned at the House of Representatives hearing on the drug proliferation at New Bilibid Prison (NBP). He is allegedly a powerful inmate feared by many at the national penitentiary. Sebastian, who is serving time for hijacking, heads Presidio, one of the two major groups inside NBP. His archrival, Herbert Colanggo, a convicted kidnapper, is the leader of the Carcel group. At the start of the congressional inquiry on Tuesday, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II began his testimony on the alleged drug trade at the national penitentiary with a Discovery Channel documentary on gangs in the Philippines. House inquiry The documentary had Sebastian and his gang mates boast of how powerful they were. He was running his gang from inside NBP, boasting of his own TV station, high-tech detention cell and connections with ranking government officials. With Sebastian’s name consistently being mentioned by convicts-turned-witnesses, Manila Teachers Rep. Virgilio Lacson suggested that the convict should be called to the congressional hearing. Aguirre said the Department of Justice (DOJ) was trying to convince Sebastian to testify. “We have not given up on Jaybee,” he said. At the hearing, Aguirre said Sebastian wanted to monopolize the drug trade at NBP. READ MORE...RELATED,
Leila feels like ‘a dead woman walking’...


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De Lima wants UN to probe extrajudicial killings in Philippines


SEPTEMBER 21 -Sen. Leila De Lima, right, gestures as she talks to fellow Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV at the continuing Senate probe on the rising number of extrajudicial killings related to President Rodrigo Duterte's "War on Drugs", Aug. 23, 2016. AP/Bullit Marquez, File

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Azer N. Parrocha -September 21, 2016 -(Philippines News Agency) — Sen. Leila de Lima on Wednesday sought United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on summary executions Agnes Callamard to investigate the alleged extrajudicial killings linked to the Duterte administration's intensified illegal drugs campaign in the country.

"Unless a third-party investigator comes in, there is [a] reason to believe that we may not be able to ferret out the whole truth behind the killings, and to serve complete justice to the victims and the Filipino people," De Lima said.

Under Senate Resolution No. 153, De Lima urged the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to invite Callamard to look into the spate of extrajudicial killings and summary executions.

READ: De Lima cries foul over public disclosure of mobile number, home address

De Lima, a former Justice secretary, said that multilateral organizations, such as the UN and the European Union (EU), have expressed grave concerns over drug-related killings in the country.

She further said that local and international media have also taken a special interest in reporting the administration-sponsored "war on drugs."

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The lady senator also pointed out how Senate witness Edgar Matobato, a self-confessed former member of the vigilante group Davao Death Squad, has implicated President Rodrigo Duterte in some deaths of persons in Davao City.

Being a signatory to various UN Conventions, De Lima said the Philippine government may pursue an impartial investigation through an independent commission of inquiry to be conducted by the UN Special Rapporteur.

Under the UN Human Rights Council's Resolution 26/12, the Special Rapporteur "undertakes visits to examine the situation of extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary execution in the respective country, and to formulate recommendations to the government and other actors on upholding the right to life."

"Such on-site visits by the Special Rapporteur can be initiated by an official invitation from a concerned government, such as the Philippines," she added.

According to De Lima, based on official figures as of last September 14, there were 3,173 persons killed since the all-out war on illegal drugs started last July 1. Some 1,138 were killed in police operations while 2,035 were victims of extrajudicial or vigilante killings.

De Lima's resolution came after she had been ousted as chairperson of the Senate committee on justice and human rights last Monday.

RELATED: De Lima: No chairmanship is worth sacrificing my principles

A total of 16 senators voted in favor of Pacquiao's motion while De Lima's four fellow Liberal Party members opposed and two senators abstained.

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‘Enough evidence for no-bail case’ By Edu Punay (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 23, 2016 - 12:00am 1 19 googleplus0 0


Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said Sen. Leila de Lima could face charges under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act and Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV

MANILA, Philippines - The evidence linking Sen. Leila de Lima to the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) is strong enough to file a case against her, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said yesterday.

“Based on testimonial evidence of witnesses presented (in the House of Representatives inquiry) so far, we can already have a very sufficient case,” Aguirre said.

“We can actually file a case in court at this point because we have enough evidence,” he added.

Aguirre said De Lima could face charges under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act and Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Aguirre believes that if probable cause is established by the Department of Justice (DOJ) upon preliminary investigation, non-bailable cases could be filed against the senator.

And should prosecutors prove the charges in court, De Lima may be up for conviction with life imprisonment as sentence, he said.

“If the testimonies of these witnesses are proven, then that means non-bailable, capital offense and life imprisonment against her,” he said.

Aguirre cited statements of high-profile inmates led by robbery and car theft convict Herbert Colanggo, who claimed they gave millions of payola to De Lima and that fellow high-profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian tapped them to sell drugs from prison to raise funds for De Lima’s senatorial campaign last May.

He noted the testimony of Director Benjamin Magalong, chief of the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), who said De Lima planned a “staged” raid.

SHOCKING TESTIMONY FROM PNP

“The testimony of Director Magalong was really shocking. It’s very clear that they pre-empted Oplan Chronos to give way to their own plan. He proved that the raid was conducted so Jaybee Sebastian could monopolize the drug trade,” Aguirre said.

Aguirre said they are now working on gathering additional evidence to further strengthen the case against De Lima.

“We still need documentary evidence like bank records, that’s why we’re asking for assistance of the AMLC (Anti-Money Laundering Council),” he said.

Aguirre said they have made a request with the AMLC for bank documents that could possibly link De Lima to the drug money from NBP.

The AMLC has forwarded to the DOJ several documents, but Aguirre said there are still additional documents needed.

“We will make another request with AMLC,” he said.

Aguirre admitted the difficulty of securing direct transactions from the bank accounts of drug lords to De Lima’s bank accounts, believing the former DOJ secretary is careful enough not to leave a paper trail.

Aguirre hinted the bank transactions could have been made through bank accounts of people around De Lima.

At the Senate, the ethics committee has received the notarized second complaint filed against De Lima, seeking to remove her as member of the Senate and the filing of a case of treason against her.

A certain Ronillo Pulmano filed his complaint against De Lima last Tuesday, but this was not accepted because it was not notarized.

Pulmano submitted his notarized complaint yesterday and said the recent action of Senator De Lima “calling even the UN people to meddle in our sovereign affairs raised a concern towards her intention.”

“The statements Senator De Lima made in all media outfit (sic) made the whole electorate a dubious fools (sic) in having approved of this drug crackdown. Senators and those who are in stratospheric way of living are in no nonsense mode of treating the poor whether we die of hunger or by any crimes committed by drug addicts,” Pulmano said in his complaint.

“The statements made on foreign media are proven to be full of lies and made ostrobogulous (sic) status of the whole nation as unjustified murder capital of the world are giving the OFW’s (sic) a secret laughing stock and laugh at your back mode on many if not all of those abroad,” he added.

“I cannot stand the statements made by Senator De Lima on foreign media, I cannot stand her actions while she was still Secretary of Justice, I cannot stand her self serving and take as fool the whole nation to serve her own objective and protect someone scheme,” he added.

“We want Senator De Lima out of the Senate and tried for treason,” he added.

The first complaint against De Lima was filed by a certain Abelardo de Jesus, who also called for her removal as senator because of the statements made against her by President Duterte in one of his speeches linking her to illegal drugs.

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, the chairman of the ethics committee, said they are still going over the first complaint and have yet to take up the second complaint filed against De Lima.

Coercion

At the same time, Aguirre denied the claim of De Lima that Marine Lt. Colonel Ferdinand Marcelino, who faced drug charges before the DOJ, was supposedly being coerced to testify against her.

“That’s not true,” Aguirre said in a text message when sought for reaction.

Aguirre pointed out his office had no hand in the earlier dismissal of the charges and recent reversal and filing of illegal possession of illegal drugs against Marcelino.

He explained the preliminary investigation and resolution of appeal in the complaint of anti-narcotics agents who arrested Marcelino earlier this year were conducted by the National Prosecution Service and that the case would only reach his office when petition for review is filed.

De Lima slammed the DOJ resolution that recommended the filing of drug charges against Marcelino and a Chinese national, reversing the earlier ruling that dismissed the charges against them for lack of evidence.

De Lima hinted Marcelino is being coerced into turning witness against her.

While Marcelino was detained for drug charges, the Philippine National Police said De Lima visited the Marine colonel at the PNP Custodial Center on March 27.

Aguirre in the spotlight

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez yesterday defended his colleagues’ decision to allow Aguirre to do the questioning of witnesses in this week’s inquiry into the illegal drugs trade inside and outside New Bilibid Prison.

Alvarez said the committee on justice permitted Aguirre to do the “direct examination” of witnesses for orderly procedure.

“That was the agreement. Secretary Aguirre would question all the witnesses first on their testimonies, then members of the committee would ask questions to clarify issues that they want clarified. It would be disorderly if each member would do his own direct examination and cross-examination of every witness,” he said.

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman has accused the committee on justice chaired by Mindoro Oriental Rep. Reynaldo Umali of violating House rules by allowing Aguirre to question his own witnesses.

“He was the one who brought those convicted drug lords to the inquiry. In effect, he was their lawyer. He should not have been allowed to question or do the direct examination of his own witnesses,” Lagman said.

He said Aguirre, being a veteran litigation lawyer, “should have known that that is improper.”

Lagman’s opposition colleague Rep. Gary Alejano of party-list group Magdalo said convicted drug dealer and armed robbery gang leader Herbert Colanggo and other convicts produced by Aguirre “are angry at their rival at the New Bilibid Prison and at Sen. Leila de Lima.”

“Colanggo and Jaybee Sebastian (another convicted drug dealer) head rival gangs at the Bilibid – the Commando and Presidio gangs. They have their respective fiefdoms and followers. Above them are their bosses – the Chinese drug lords,” he said.

Alejano said the Department of Justice, Philippine National Police and Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission used Sebastian of the Presidio gang as an asset to crack down on the illegal drug trade at the national penitentiary.

“They started it in 2013 through a series of raids. Unfortunately, the illegal drugs business did not stop because these convicted drug lords are well entrenched in Bilibid. That is why Colanggo and the others are angry at Senator De Lima and Sebastian, whom they suspected of squealing on them,” he added.

Alejano, a former Marine officer, recalled that prison officials once isolated Sebastian from other inmates because a grenade was thrown into his cell. –Jess Diaz, Marvin Sy, Cecille Suerte Felipe

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DOJ orders NBI probe on de Lima over millions in payoffs BY JOMAR CANLAS ON SEPTEMBER 24, 2016 HEADLINES

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate Sen. Leila De Lima over allegations she got millions in payoffs from the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd told reporters the NBI had obtained documents from the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) containing bank transactions of drug syndicate heads implicated in the Bilibid drug trade.

“It’s a report containing the requested bank account names and bank account numbers; it was given to the NBI as lead agency and copy furnished the DOJ. You can see the names of the individuals, account names, transactions,” the Cabinet official said.

“For example, it was stated that were was a deposit of P500 million, the transactions and deposits happened a number of times,” he added.

De Lima on Friday denied the latest allegations and said she did not have accounts that accepted drug money Aguirre said investigators were particularly examining 10 bank accounts, and warned that some corporations could also be implicated.

Freeze, watch list orders

Aguirre also said the DOJ was inclined to file a petition to freeze the accounts before the Court of Appeals.

The DOJ chief however said he could not disclose the account names, amounts and transactions contained in the AMLC report, as it was not allowed under Republic Act 9160 or the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001.

In the meantime, the DOJ is mulling the issuance of a “watch list order” or a lookout bulletin order against de Lima, Aguirre said.

Aguirre had assembled inmates and two NBI men to testify against de Lima before the House of Representatives justice committee this week. The witnesses claimed de Lima received millions in payoffs to finance her senatorial campaign.

But Aguirre said there was not enough evidence yet to file a criminal case against de Lima.
Also on Friday, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it was ready to provide copies of the Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) of Senator de Lima to both houses of Congress.

Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista noted that the SOCE is a public document.

“So if it is requested by the committees of the House of Representatives or Senate, we are ready to give it,” he said in an interview at the sidelines of a roundtable discussion at De La Salle University.

The poll chief however said that based on the document, they won’t be able to determine which contributors were involved in illegal drug trade.

“We don’t receive confidential information, we don’t have technical know-how to make that determination,” he said.


TRIBUNE

New ethics complaint filed against De Lima Written by Angie M. Rosales Thursday, 22 September 2016 00:00

The first ethics complaint against Sen. Leila de Lima, despite insistence of the complainant on his case being well within the jurisdiction of the said panel, is seen to be junked, but a new one was introduced Tuesday.

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, concurrent chairman of the ethics and privileges committee, yesterday announced the receipt of a new complaint against the neophyte senator while the panel braces itself in deciding on the case lodged by complainant Abelardo de Jesus next week.

Aside from the two ethics complaints, de Lima is also facing an electoral protest and a possible graft case from the Department of Justice.

“I haven’t seen it. The committee just informed me that somebody came over last night with a new complaint,” he told reporters in an interview.

Sotto said they have decided to take into consideration first whether the de Jesus’ case, the alleged drug links of de Lima with convicted drug lords which is the same subject of an ongoing investigation at the House of Representatives, falls under jurisdiction of the ethics committee before taking cognizance of the complaint being sufficient in form and substance.

He stressed it remains to be seen if the two complaints would bemerged, as they have to determine first if the contents are the same.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson, a member of the panel, meanwhile, dropped hints on the possibility of the pending ethics case against De Lima being dismissed due to lack of jurisdiction of the committee in taking up the case for investigation.

“Based on what I read on the complaint and in consultation with my legislative staff, I’m inclined to go along with whoever will move for the dismissal, as of now. I can also do (move for dismissal) that. That’s my inclination,” he said.

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Lacson also noted the possibility of the second ethics complaint being dismissed for lack of jurisdiction as the issues being raised against De Lima took place in 2015.

Sotto also dismissed the possibility of the issues being hurled at de Lima in the lower chamber being taken up by the ethics committee, having been supposedly committed long before she was elected senator.

“We can’t unless it is a continuing accusation or allegations, we can’t. Unless it is a continuing allegation until she has become senator or the issues of the complainant against Senator De Lima while she is senator already, then it will be relevant to the committee on ethics,” he said.

“So I doubt it. As of now we talk about it (House inquiry) among ourselves but informally. It’s just that, nothing official and I doubt if we will take it up in the committee on ethics,” Sotto said.

Asked if they could decide on both cases next week, Sotto said they will attempt to dispense with the resolution of the complaints.

“If the complaints are almost the same then we can decide on the issue of jurisdiction,” he said.

In a letter sent to the committee dated September 14 by de Jesus, he insisted that the panel has jurisdiction in taking up his complaint which cited the issues on the accusations of President Rodrigo Duterte on her alleged involvement in illegal drugs trade inside the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) and immorality.

“Both are proscribed under the Civil Service Rules concerning disgraceful and immoral conduct and crimes involving moral turpitude.

So both are tacked to the character of the civil servant in consonance with the doctrine that every public official and employee must be of good moral character. There should be no distinction whatsoever as to the time and place of commission of the offenses.

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De Lima seeks SC protection By Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 23, 2016 - 12:00am 0 5 googleplus0 0


Sen. Leila de Lima said she intends to file petitions for writs of amparo and habeas data before the SC once she has sorted things out, as attacks against her are coming from all directions, including the ongoing inquiry at the House of Representatives on the alleged proliferation of illegal drugs at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) when she was justice secretary. AP/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines - Embattled Sen. Leila de Lima intends to seek protection and help from the Supreme Court (SC) as the Duterte administration’s continued persecution has put her life in danger.

De Lima said she intends to file petitions for writs of amparo and habeas data before the SC once she has sorted things out, as attacks against her are coming from all directions, including the ongoing inquiry at the House of Representatives on the alleged proliferation of illegal drugs at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) when she was justice secretary.

“I’m now a subject of persecution and I am no longer safe, I don’t feel safe. The truth is, I’m not safe,” De Lima said in a press conference at the Senate.

“They’re (administration) violating my rights – my right to security and privacy,” she said.

She doubted if she could trust the Philippine National Police, the National Bureau of Investigation and the Armed Forces of the Philippines to protect her.

She said she was considering the suggestion of some of her colleagues to seek protection from the Senate security.

The senator confirmed that she has found a temporary residence after she found herself unable to go home on Tuesday after the House inquiry publicly disclosed her address in Parañaque City and her mobile phone number.

She lamented that her neighbors are now being inconvenienced.

She also had cut off the phone line after receiving calls and 2,000 obscene and angry text messages from “trolls and fanatics” of President Duterte.

De Lima also dismissed calls from allies of Duterte in the House for her to resign.

“Why should I resign? I’m the one being persecuted here,” she said. “This is getting to be outrageous and laughable.”

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Money trail shows P38-M deposits went to Leila driver’s kin By Edu Punay (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 26, 2016 - 12:00am 1 109 googleplus0 0


The Department of Justice has collated bank documents allegedly showing that over P38 million in cash deposits were made to the bank accounts of two relatives of Sen. Leila de Lima’s driver and reported lover in 2014. GEREMY PINTOLO

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice has collated bank documents allegedly showing that over P38 million in cash deposits were made to the bank accounts of two relatives of Sen. Leila de Lima’s driver and reported lover in 2014.

This information came out during the DOJ’s fact-finding investigation on the illegal drug operations in the New Bilibid Prison when De Lima was secretary of justice.

The STAR obtained bank deposit slips showing that millions of pesos went to the bank accounts of Hannah Mae Dayan and Marco Palisoc – daughter and cousin of Ronnie Dayan, respectively.

The DOJ has forwarded the bank records to the Anti-Money Laundering Council for verification, according to a well-placed source.

Dayan’s account received P24 million in four cash deposits – P3 million on Feb. 7, 2014; P9 million on Feb. 21, 2014; P6 million on March 14, 2014 and P6 million on March 28, 2014.

Palisoc’s account got P14,304,000 in two cash deposits – P9,600,000 on Sept. 16, 2014 and P4,704,000 on Oct. 23, 2014.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II earlier revealed that investigators have gathered bank deposit slips of several staff of De Lima and people linked to her totaling to over P88 million.

Other bank records showed cash deposits in accounts of De Lima’s former staff Jonathan Caranto (P24 million), Bogs Obuyes (P24 million) and Marrel Obuyes (P2.2 million).

Aguirre asked the AMLC to verify the deposits amid suspicion that some quarters were out to sabotage the DOJ probe and feed investigators with wrong information.


AGUIRRRE

The DOJ received the AMLC report last week, but Aguirre did not divulge the findings due to the Bank Secrecy Law.

He only hinted that the report covered more than 10 people he branded as “friends of De Lima.”

“If there is any link (between drug money and De Lima), it’s indirect – only bank accounts of her companions, friends and employees,” he said.

“But these people have no big sources of income to get millions in deposits, so what other conclusion could you get?”

Aguirre also revealed that probers are also verifying information that about P500 million in drug money went to a duly registered corporation doing business in the national penitentiary. He did not name the firm pending probe.

He also would not reveal what the DOJ would do next with the AMLC report – if it could be used to seek a freeze order from the Court of Appeals.

“For now, this AMLC report will be for our use to further our investigation until a case is filed in court,” he said.

Aguirre believes that the money trail would bolster the testimonial evidence from high-profile NBP inmates against De Lima.

“We asked for additional reports because we received so many bank account numbers,” he said. “We’re just in the first wave. As I said earlier, the information is just overflowing.”

In the House of Representatives inquiry, high-profile inmates led by robbery and carjack convict Herbert Colanggo claimed that they gave millions of payola to De Lima for protection of their illicit businesses and activities in the NBP.

Aguirre said he has tapped the National Bureau of Investigation to pursue the probe as more witnesses are set to be presented before the House.

Dayan has been subpoenaed to appear before the House, but he could not be located.


INQUIRER

Aguirre says De Lima has millions in banks
(BUT HE SAYS AMLC DOCUMENTS WON’T SHOW MONEY IN HER NAME) Philippine Daily Inquirer By: Estrella Torres, September 23rd, 2016 12:19 AM


BANK PROOF Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II cites documents from the Anti-Money Laundering Council purportedly showing that Sen. Leila de Lima, allegedly involved in prison drug dealings, has millions of pesos in her bank accounts. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

The Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) has submitted documents purporting to show illegal drug transactions between P500 million and P1 billion that may have ended in Sen. Leila de Lima’s bank accounts, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II told the Inquirer on Thursday.

The disclosure followed allegations in the congressional hearings the past two days that De Lima, as justice secretary of former President Benigno Aquino III, had received millions of pesos in payoffs for the protection of high-profile convicts who had turned New Bilibid Prison (NBP) into the center of a multibillion-peso narcotics operation.

Aguirre said the Department of Justice (DOJ) had received documents from the AMLC concerning bank transactions of drug syndicates operating from NBP.

“We don’t expect the bank deposits to be under the name of De Lima because she uses people to collect on her behalf,” he said.

Asked about the amount of deposits, he said, “The amount is between P500 million [and] more than one billion pesos.”

Aguirre said it would be unlawful for the DOJ to disclose the specific amount prior to the filing of criminal charges against De Lima.

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Following testimony by NBP drug lords during the two-day hearing of the House of Representatives committee on justice, he said there was sufficient evidence to warrant the filing of charges against De Lima.

‘Nothing there’

Asked for comment, De Lima said her accusers would not find anything in her bank accounts that would implicate her in the drug trade.

“As far as I know, there’s nothing there that would establish my alleged drug links,” she said in a text message to the Inquirer.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Director Benjamin Magalong, deputy chief for operations of the Philippine National Police, testified that a meticulously planned interagency raid on NBP in December 2014 was aborted at the last minute in favor of an operation led by De Lima.

Magalong, a bemedaled officer in the PNP with a rank equivalent to a two-star general in the military, said that while the De Lima raid was successful in uncovering contraband, he was dismayed that the most powerful drug lord—Jaybee Sebastian—was not among the several dozen kingpins removed for confinement at the National Bureau of Investigation.

Testimony in the House hearing suggested that following the removal of 19 drug lords, Sebastian raised quotas for the sale and distribution of “shabu,” or crystal meth, purportedly to raise funds for De Lima’s senatorial campaign in the May elections.

In a news conference on Thursday, De Lima denied she was protecting Sebastian, pointing out that he was her “asset” in her bid to dismantle drug operations in NBP.

The Duterte administration has deployed PNP Special Action Force commandos to the penitentiary to smash the drug rings that had turned NBP into what the convicts testifying at the hearings described as a “little Las Vegas,” where celebrity entertainers performed at concerts flowing with beer and high-priced call girls were available during “wild nights.”

Aguirre also denied that the government was harassing Marine Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino, a former official of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), to testify against De Lima.

Vital testimony

But Aguirre maintained in a telephone interview with the Inquirer that testimonies of Magalong and Marcelino were vital to establish the links of De Lima to illegal drugs in the penitentiary.

De Lima claimed authorities had resorted to torture, intimidation and harassment to force people, including Marcelino, to testify against her.

Earlier, the DOJ reversed its June 21 resolution that cleared Marcelino of drug charges in connection with a raid on a purported narcotics den.

Instead, the DOJ ruled on Wednesday that Marcelino was guilty and a trial should be pursued against him.

“There is no truth to that claim. I did not even know about that resolution until I read it in the news,” Aguirre said in a text message on Thursday.

Marcelino, along with his Chinese companion Yan Yi Shou, faced violations of the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 after a drug raid in Manila on Jan. 21.

Earlier, Marcelino claimed it was a frame-up because he was on an undercover mission when a cache of 60 kilos of shabu was seized.

More witnesses

Aguirre said the DOJ was working to present more witnesses to the House inquiry. They include Sebastian; Sgt. Jonel Sanchez, a former security aide of De Lima; Ronnie Dayan, her former driver, alleged lover and bagman; and former Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III.

“We continue to gather testimonies and documents to establish the fact that Senator De Lima is involved in the illegal drug trade inside NBP,” Aguirre said in a telephone interview with the Inquirer.

Aguirre said Magalong’s testimony was “ the biggest piece of the jigsaw puzzle” in linking De Lima to the illegal drug trade in NBP.

He confirmed that a high official of the Aquino administration and member of the Liberal Party was under investigation but declined to give details.

“I would like to have an airtight evidence before we file the case against Senator De Lima even as the testimonies of witnesses in the House inquiry already prove that she was benefiting from money from illegal drug trade,” Aguirre said. With a report from Tarra Quismundo

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De Lima: I have no millions SAYS DRUG CONVICTS NOW ALLIES OF DRUG-BUSTER RODY SHARES: 235 VIEW COMMENTS Philippine Daily Inquirer By: Gil C. Cabacungan, Tarra Quismundo, September 24th, 2016 01:57 AM


Sen. Leila de Lima. LYN RILLON/INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Sen. Leila de Lima on Friday denied owning fat bank accounts that could purportedly link her to drug lords, describing her accusers as a “mafia” that cavorts with convicted criminals to bring her down.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Thursday said he had received documents from the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) showing bank transactions that could link De Lima to drug syndicates operating from New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City.

READ: De Lima denies millions in banks

Aguirre said the transactions were worth P500 million to more than P1 billion but the bank accounts were not in De Lima’s name “because she uses people to collect on her behalf.”

READ: Aguirre says De Lima has millions in banks

Aguirre did not say exactly how much was transferred to De Lima’s purported bank accounts. That, he said, will be disclosed when the DOJ files charges against De Lima.

The purported AMLC documents are expected to be used as evidence against De Lima.

“I have no millions or billions in my bank accounts. And I have no dummy accounts. Any alleged accounts that would be linked to me and my alleged drug links can only be fictitious,” De Lima told the Inquirer.

Sleeping with convicts

“Secretary Aguirre and his operators are a mafia of lies and intrigues, who go to bed with criminal convicts just to get their perjured testimonies. In exchange, they give them immunity, immunity for drug lords and convicted criminals,” she said in a text message.

De Lima’s 2014 financial disclosure, the latest submitted during her time as a member of former President Benigno Aquino III’s Cabinet, showed that her net worth was P4.88 million, slightly higher than the P4.59 million she declared in 2013.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is accusing De Lima, an outspoken critic of President Duterte’s scorched-earth policy on illegal drugs, of profiting from narcotics operations run by convicted drug kingpins serving their sentences at NBP.

Several convicted drug lords are serving as the DOJ’s chief witnesses in a House of Representatives’ inquiry into the illegal drug trade at NBP.

Administration allies in the House launched the investigation earlier this week after De Lima opened an investigation in the Senate of alleged extrajudicial killings in Mr. Duterte’s bloody war on drugs.

Mr. Duterte’s allies in the Senate also stripped De Lima of her post as chair of the committee on justice and human rights, which is investigating the extrajudicial killings, on Monday after she presented a confessed hit man who linked Mr. Duterte to the killings of about 1,000 criminals and political opponents by a liquidation squad when the President was still the mayor of Davao City.

The President’s allies elected Sen. Richard Gordon to replace De Lima as head of the committee.

De Lima has repeatedly denied links to the drug trade at NBP, saying the allegations were part of efforts to discredit her after she launched the inquiry into the extrajudicial killings of drug suspects.

Congress warned

After winning the presidential election in May, Mr. Duterte warned Congress not to investigate a war on drugs that he planned to launch after taking office or there would be a clash between him and lawmakers.

During the campaign, Mr. Duterte promised to kill tens of thousands of criminals and wipe out illegal drugs in six months, a timetable that he revised earlier this week, extending the campaign by another six months.

More than 3,000 drug suspects have been killed by police and vigilantes since Mr. Duterte took office on June 30, alarming the United Nations, United States, European Union and international human rights groups.

The foul-mouthed Mr. Duterte cursed them all—calling the United Nations and the European Union “stupid” and US President Barack Obama a “son of a bitch”—before saying on Thursday that he would allow UN and EU investigations of his war on drugs provided their representatives answer his questions about Western countries’ track record in human rights.

As justice secretary in the Aquino administration, De Lima led raids on NBP several time, uncovering luxury villas and a shocking haul of contraband, including drugs, cash and gadgets belonging to high-profile inmates, several of whom testified against her at the House inquiry on Tuesday.

Presented by Aguirre, the convicts attested to De Lima’s involvement in the drug trade at NBP, saying another drug lord, Jaybee Sebastian, even imposed sale quotas to raise funds for her senatorial run in May.

‘Sham’ inquiry

De Lima, who has refused to participate in what she described as a “sham” inquiry in the administration-controlled House, said on Thursday that Sebastian was a government asset.

De Lima noted the irony: the Duterte administration, while fiercely fighting illegal drugs, is now relying on drug convicts to malign her, the same drug lords the administration had earlier claimed were behind a plot to assassinate Mr. Duterte.

“[T]he drug lords and criminals in Bilibid are [now] the allies of the President in his war on drugs. Aguirre doesn’t even notice how laughable their situation is now. The President has on his side the drug lords who, according to them (the administration), had chipped in to raise P1 billion to have him killed,” De Lima said.

In a news conference on Thursday, De Lima said some of the convicts could have been pressured to testify against her. She said she had learned that one NBP inmate was taken to the military intelligence service and was “psychologically tortured” to testify against her.

In a talk with reporters yesterday, Aguirre said De Lima’s reasoning was “out of line.”

“This reminds me of a quote [that] says, ‘Whom the gods destroy, they first make her mad,’” he said, messing up the Greek proverb, “Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad.”

NBI to lead probe

Aguirre said the National Bureau of Investigation would lead the next stage of investigation of De Lima, which would follow the money trail, as indicated in the AMLC report, to the bank accounts of several private corporations.

“The NBI will dig deep into the ownership of these corporations and establish their [links] to the drug lords,” he said.

Although there is no direct link to De Lima, Aguirre said the AMLC report covered the accounts of more than 10 of her associates, friends and staff members.

“For example, if we found P500 million [in] the account of Ronnie Dayan (De Lima’s former driver and bodyguard and alleged lover), we all know he has no income to justify having that much. So the conclusion of people, the judge, is that it came from his boss. It’s that simple,” he said.

Aguirre said he believed the DOJ had enough evidence from the convicts and other resource persons who testified in the House inquiry to file charges against De Lima, but the department had requested more documents from the AMLC to make an airtight case against the senator.

Aguirre said he would bring new witnesses from NBP to the House inquiry, which would resume next month. Sebastian has refused to testify against De Lima, but Aguirre said other people, including a retired state prosecutor, had volunteered to help the DOJ get evidence against her. With a report from Estrella Torres


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Duterte denies involvement in Davao death squad By Giovanni Nilles (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 23, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


President Rodrigo Duterte Duterte pointed out not a single case was filed against him when Sen. Leila de Lima was chair of the Commission on Human Rights for seven years. STAR/File photo

MANILA, Philippines - President Duterte yesterday denied any involvement in the so-called Davao death squad (DDS), saying it was a political tool used by the opposition during the elections.

“It started in Davao as a political issue. As a matter of fact, you go to Davao, the DDS is not really a DDS. It was during the time ‘Sparrow versus the DDS of government,’” Duterte said.

“That is not mine. They adopted it and attributed it to me. Then the opposition took it during election. But that’s okay,” he said.

Duterte pointed out not a single case was filed against him when Sen. Leila de Lima was chair of the Commission on Human Rights for seven years.

“She criticized me but did not file a case. As secretary of justice, she was building a name at my expense to become popular,” Duterte said.

The DDS is widely believed as being behind the killings of a number of people in Davao City.

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At the Senate hearing, witness and self-confessed hit man Edgar Matobato claimed they killed people on Duterte’s orders, including Jun Pala, a broadcaster and critic of the then mayor of Davao City.

He also said the DDS was responsible for the bombing of a Muslim mosque after the Davao Cathedral was bombed in 1993.

Matobato also alleged Duterte had four bodyguards of his rival, Davao City Rep. Prospero Nograles, kidnapped and killed, aside from saying that the President’s son Paolo ordered the killing of billionaire Richard King in 2014 due to rivalry over a woman.

The 57-year-old witness appeared at the Senate yesterday to continue his testimony.

On Monday, De Lima was ousted as Senate justice committee chair and replaced by Sen. Richard Gordon.

The committee is looking into the alleged extrajudicial killings since Duterte took his oath as President last June 30.

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‘Death squad’ cops to face Senate By Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 24, 2016 - 12:00am 18 1655 googleplus0 0


The PNP official said they immediately checked the status of the personnel after Matobato mentioned them during his initial presentation before the Senate committee on justice and human rights then chaired by Sen. Leila de Lima. STAR/File photo

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine National Police (PNP) is ready to present before an executive session of the Senate the police officers tagged as members of the Davao death squad (DDS) by a self-confessed hit man.

In a press briefing yesterday, PNP spokesman Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos said the Directorate for Personnel and Resource Management (DPRM) has contacted the police officers named by former DDS member Edgar Matobato as members of the group.

“They will be presented, they will be asked to appear in the next inquiry and attend the executive session. The DPRM has already contacted and invited them for the next inquiry,” Carlos said.

The PNP official said they immediately checked the status of the personnel after Matobato mentioned them during his initial presentation before the Senate committee on justice and human rights then chaired by Sen. Leila de Lima.

Her colleagues would later oust De Lima and replace her with Sen. Richard Gordon.

De Lima also mentioned some of the names in a privilege speech she delivered the following day.

Carlos said at least 10 of the policemen mentioned are in active service – eight with the Davao police and two re-assigned to the Presidential Security Group. He said another eight have retired, while one has died.

One of those identified by Matobato in his testimony was a certain SPO4 Arthur Lascañas, described as head of the DDS by Matobato.

NAMES IDENTIFIED

Other names floated include SPO4 Sanson Buenaventura; Chief Insps. Jacy Francia, Fulgencio Pavo and Ronald Lao; SPO3 Jim Tan, Jun Laresma and Donito Ubales; SPO2 Enrique de los Reyes Ayao; and SPO1 Reynante Medina, Bienvenido Furog, Vivencio Jumawan, Jun Bisnar and Gaston Aquino.

Also included were Senior Supts. Isidero Florivel/Florobel, Rey Capote, Tony Rivera and Dionisio Abude; and certain Bienvenido Laud, Alvin Laud, Roly Engalia and Arnold Ochavez.

PNP Internal Affairs Service legal affairs division acting chief Shella Castillo said they immediately looked into the allegations of Matobato against the police officers.

“We observe due process here (so we will verify by) conducting investigation whether the allegations are true or not. If it’s true we will file cases against those involved and if it’s not true we will drop and close the cases,” she added.

She admitted the task would be tough for the PNP-IAS as there are only 17 investigators handling over 800 cases involving police officers, including those involved in deaths of suspects during operations.

With the surge in the number of suspects killed in drug-related police operations, Castillo underscored the need for the PNP-IAS to hire more investigators to hasten the probe of administrative cases against erring police officers.

Under its mandate, the IAS is required to automatically investigate police involved in operations that resulted in death of suspects.

Castillo noted that from July 1 to Sept. 21, they have opened at least 575 automatic investigations.

Of the cases, she said 15 have been terminated and 98 dropped after investigators found no lapses in procedures.

In addition to the automatic investigations, the PNP-IAS also handles complaints against police officers, such as illegal arrest and firearms-related cases.

“To be candid, the investigators, they don’t sleep anymore,” she said.

Castillo maintained they need at least 30 more personnel at Camp Crame to help in handling the cases.

“There is really lack of mobility and personnel, but we’re holding on because it’s our mandate,” she added.

Credibility intact

Meanwhile, Sens. Antonio Trillanes IV and De Lima maintained Matobato has proven his credibility despite being rebuffed by some of their colleagues on his testimonies on extrajudicial killings before the Senate committee on human rights.

Sens. Richard Gordon, Alan Peter Cayetano and Panfilo Lacson said they noticed inconsistencies in Matobato’s testimony.

According to Trillanes, one thing his colleagues were able to prove with their questioning of Matobato was that they were smarter than a first grader.

“Despite the badgering, Matobato was consistent about the events and other details he was sure about. But I must admit, there was a language barrier and a few of my colleagues took advantage of that. Napakita nila na mas magaling sila sa grade one,” Trillanes said.

In his testimonies at the Senate, Matobato said he was uneducated, having attended only one year in school when he was a child.

“Matobato is a very credible witness. No matter how many times he tells his story, the significant and major details of the facts as he remembers them remain consistent. That is the mark of a true witness,” said De Lima, who is a lawyer.

De Lima said that it was normal for witnesses to forget some small details in narration, which she said only proved that Matobato was not coached as alleged by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.

“A witness who remembers everything perfectly without confusion or mistakes is most probably the coached and rehearsed witness, like those criminal convicts now testifying against me in the House. Compared to them, Matobato is candid and straightforward even under grueling and uninhibited cross-examination, at times with misleading questions that are not even allowed to be asked in a court of law,” she said.

Condescending

De Lima lamented her colleagues were condescending in their questioning of Matobato.

She also criticized Cayetano for the way he kept on butting in whenever Matobato was presenting some details in his story, as if he was in a courtroom.

“This is a classic style in cross-examination. When the witness is already providing so much information that is bolstering his credibility, cut him off and ask a different question,” De Lima said.

“That’s what Cayetano was doing because he could not debunk the essence of Matobato’s testimony that Duterte was behind the DDS,” she said.

On the other hand, Lacson said the credibility of Matobato was questionable because of his constant flip-flopping on several material points, such as the manner of killing people.

Lacson said the witness’ claim that he had never executed an affidavit about the DDS would turn out to be untrue.

He cited a specific portion of Matobato’s testimony, which has been refuted by one of the persons he had named.

Lacson recalled the claim of Matobato that the DDS was ordered by President Duterte, when he was still mayor of Davao City, to kill the bodyguards of former Speaker Prospero Nograles, who were the men of generals Jovito Palparan and Eduardo Matillano.

“Gen. Matillano later texted me to flatly reject Matobato’s testimony that he had people detailed with Nograles since starting 2009, he was already detailed with the Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group, and that unit wasn’t assigning people outside their unit,” Lacson said.

“Also, Matobato could not make up his mind if he was indeed ordered by then mayor Duterte to kill several people or not. Indeed, when one is stating the truth, there is no way he can forget. On the other hand, a coached or a lying witness forgets his narration of events and circumstances over a certain period of time,” he added.– Marvin Sy


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Jaybee Sebastian, the feared Bilibid inmate SHARES: 2284 VIEW COMMENTS By: Nikko Dizon, September 23rd, 2016 01:11 AM


JAYBEE SEBASTIAN

Who is Jaybee Sebastian?

His name has been repeatedly mentioned at the House of Representatives hearing on the drug proliferation at New Bilibid Prison (NBP). He is allegedly a powerful inmate feared by many at the national penitentiary.

Sebastian, who is serving time for hijacking, heads Presidio, one of the two major groups inside NBP. His archrival, Herbert Colanggo, a convicted kidnapper, is the leader of the Carcel group.

At the start of the congressional inquiry on Tuesday, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II began his testimony on the alleged drug trade at the national penitentiary with a Discovery Channel documentary on gangs in the Philippines.

House inquiry

The documentary had Sebastian and his gang mates boast of how powerful they were. He was running his gang from inside NBP, boasting of his own TV station, high-tech detention cell and connections with ranking government officials.

With Sebastian’s name consistently being mentioned by convicts-turned-witnesses, Manila Teachers Rep. Virgilio Lacson suggested that the convict should be called to the congressional hearing.

Aguirre said the Department of Justice (DOJ) was trying to convince Sebastian to testify. “We have not given up on Jaybee,” he said.

At the hearing, Aguirre said Sebastian wanted to monopolize the drug trade at NBP.

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The DOJ’s witnesses have claimed that Sen. Leila de Lima, then justice secretary, and Sebastian knew each other well.

NBP raid

Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano said that Sebastian was the asset used by government that led to the December 2014 raid on the national penitentiary.

It was successful in the sense that 19 convicts running the drug trade inside NBP, including Colanggo, were arrested and brought to the National Bureau of Investigation.

Sebastian was left inside NBP. He was the government asset of then Bureau of Corrections Chief Franklin Bucayo, two sources familiar with “Oplan: Galugad” told the Inquirer, referring to the operational plan that was used by the DOJ for the December raid.

Sebastian was chosen because he was “intelligent, diplomatic and had leadership qualities” compared to the other gang leaders inside the penitentiary, the sources said.

“You really have to develop an asset among the gang leaders because if you constrict all of them, you will have a leadership vacuum among the inmates,” said one of the sources.

Alejano believed that the strategy used by the then Aquino administration to rid NBP of the drug trade was now being used by the DOJ against De Lima herself—and Sebastian.

According to Alejano, intelligence reports during the time of the Aquino administration said the drug trade at NBP amounted to P4 million a day (not P4 billion a month as earlier reported by the Inquirer.)

An NBP source on Wednesday described Sebastian as “smart but a bully who beat up and nearly killed another inmate.”

Former pals

An Inquirer source said that Sebastian and Colanggo used to be friends until Sebastian outwitted the other and took over the leadership at the maximum security compound.

“But Herbert was also a bully, especially to the Chinese (inmates),” the source said.

The source told the Inquirer that it was difficult to prove that money ever reached De Lima, based on the testimonies of the convicts-turned-witnesses now enjoying immunity from suit granted by the House of Representatives.

“That’s how it is inside. Anyone can name anybody, use anybody’s name as long as they can collect money,” the source said.

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VIDEO JAYBE SEBASTIAN: Full story of Gangs control Bilibid prison in Manila with the blessing of Leila De Lima
As you can see, The leader of the Commando’s Jaybee Sebastian is rubbing elbows with Leila De Lima and the President of the Philippines (PNOY). This is why he is very influential inside the prison where rules with an iron fist. He is one of the biggest druglords inside the Maximum Security Prison Bilibid.

 
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Full story of Gangs control Bilibid prison in Manila with the blessing of Leila De Lima Duterte Latest News Published on Sep 19, 2016 Bilibid can only handle 8000 prisoners. It currently has 20,000.

There are 40 guards per shift. These guards guard 20,000 prisoners.

There are a lot of gangs in Bilibid and they have their own hierarchy, they are structured as an organization.

To make sure these prisoners don't riot (20,000 prisoners vs 40 guards), BuCor has made concessions. They've given the head of the gangs power to enforce the rules on their own members. But that does not excuse them the obligation of serving their own term in prison.

The prison head also gave prisoners many personal freedoms in order to keep the tensions low. Rights to own a business inside Bilibid, to smoke inside, etc. With the approval of the respective gang head of course (they have a share of the profits it seems).

They live even better lives than poor people in the streets. Hence, many prisoners would rather stary in Bilibid rather than go outside and struggle.

The gangs, when dispute arises, meet and discuss differences. They meet regularly to discuss the affairs of the prison, making sure every prisoner is in line.

But that doesn't mean they only settle diplomatically. Many times, it's under the table (murders, hits, etc). Even the head honcho knows this and knows it's needed to stop tensions.

This system allows gangs to have their own spheres of influence, dirty money and power. But with such few manpower, Bilibid guards are powerless to stop such.

So what's the solution?

Prison Reform, more money for BuCor and more prisons. And restoring the death penalty. Rather than mooch off the government in prison, end their lives, especially for high profile drug lords.

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Leila feels like ‘a dead woman walking’ By Marvin Sy (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 24, 2016 - 12:00am 7 49 googleplus1 0


Sen. Leila De Lima said she is bracing for the possibility that she may be ousted from the Senate as the President and his allies are sparing no effort to destroy her. BOY SANTOS

MANILA, Philippines - Like a dead woman walking.

This was how Sen. Leila de Lima described herself in her battle with President Duterte, offices under the executive branch and his allies in Congress.

De Lima said the fight has been lopsided, considering the highest official of the land is leading the charge against her.

“I don’t know where this will end and what would happen to me the next day. I have this feeling that I live by the day, tomorrow I don’t know if I’m still here. I feel like I’m a dead woman walking,” De Lima said over radio dzBB.

De Lima said she is bracing for the possibility that she may be ousted from the Senate as the President and his allies are sparing no effort to destroy her.

'BIG OFFENSIVE AGAINST ME'

“Imagine the entire machinery of the executive department facing me, with Congress helping out with this House inquiry… You know very well I have been ousted as chair of the Senate justice committee. I know that this is going to be a long and very lonely battle but I never imagined how big is the offensive against me,” she said.

Since being accused of involvement in illegal drugs by Duterte, De Lima has become the subject of investigations by the Department of Justice and the House of Representatives, which could lead to the filing of criminal charges.

De Lima said all of these efforts are being done with the view of removing her from office, all because she has questioned the manner in which the administration is implementing its war against illegal drugs.

“That is the possibility. That could be what they really wanted. The President has said in a press conference that I am finished. All of these are just a continuation of their efforts to destroy me and throw me out of the Senate,” she said.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has presented several witnesses led by convicted criminals who have testified about De Lima’s alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison.

EVIDENCE ENOUGH FOR CRIMINAL RAPS, NON-BAILABLE OFFENSE

Aguirre said the evidence is sufficient to warrant the filing of criminal charges against De Lima, including non-bailable offenses under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

Two complaints have also been filed against her before the Senate ethics committee, both seeking to remove her as senator.

Losing senatorial candidate Francis Tolentino, who is allied with President Duterte, has also filed an electoral protest against De Lima before the Senate Electoral Tribunal.

“I am just doing my job but of course I have to do something to defend myself,” De Lima said, referring to her plan to file a petition for writ of amparo and writ of habeas data in response to the harassment she has been experiencing after her home address and mobile phone number were exposed in the public hearing being conducted by the House.

Verbal abuse

De Lima said she is taking comfort in the fact that her allies in the Senate – Sens. Franklin Drilon, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, Risa Hontiveros and Antonio Trillanes IV – continue to stand by her.

She maintained there is no truth to allegations that the Liberal Party was plotting to oust Duterte and install Vice President Leni Robredo, who is the leader of the LP.

She described Duterte as “a misogynist and chauvinist” and lamented his continued verbal attacks against her.

Duterte said De Lima was not only “screwing” her driver but also the nation, and trying to gain popularity at his expense.

Duterte was referring to De Lima’s former driver-bodyguard Ronnie Dayan.

Dayan is being implicated by administration officials as one of her collectors of drug money from the NBP when she was justice secretary.

He also said the senator has a “propensity for sex.”

“Duterte’s latest verbal abuse vs me is simply characteristic of his being a misogynist and chauvinist,” the senator said in a text message.

“That’s all it is and there is no need to dignify it with any further reply. It is regrettable that he has become so low. God help our country,” she said.

HONTIVEROS

Hontiveros, meanwhile, called on the public not to judge De Lima.

“We still need to validate the testimonies of the witnesses in both investigations, whether by other independent investigations and other witnesses,” Hontiveros said.

Expressing her dismay over the decision of her colleagues in the Senate to oust De Lima as chair of the justice committee, Hontiveros said the right venue to address any queries on De Lima’s objectivity or capacity to lead as chair is the ethics committee.

Hontiveros said she was among four senators who voted against the motion to relieve De Lima of the chairmanship of the committee.

But she acknowledged the move to remove De Lima from the chairmanship was part of the “political reality in the country.”

“I will continue to push my legislative agenda in different committees, but of course, after what transpired last Monday, we will continue to be vigilant and will advocate a strong and independent Senate,” Hontiveros said.

Protection

Acting on an “indirect request” from De Lima, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III has asked the Senate sergeant-at-arms to provide security to her.

De Lima on Thursday told reporters that she has temporarily moved out of her house for security reasons.

She lamented receiving thousands of obscene and hateful text messages after her home address and mobile phone number were exposed during the House inquiry.

De Lima stressed she no longer feels safe and could not trust the law enforcement agencies to give her protection from “trolls” and “fanatics” of Duterte.

“When I’ve heard of that (De Lima not feeling safe) in the media, I immediately asked the Senate sergeant-at-arms to check what resources we have for her – how we can protect her. I took it as an indirect request from her,” Pimentel said. – Paolo Romero, Gilbert Bayoran


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