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AT HOUSE HEARING: LIFESTYLE OF THE PRISON's RICH AND INFAMOUS
[RELATED: Inconsistencies seen in testimonies in House inquiry into illegal drugs]
OCTOBER 11 -Inmates Peter Co, Vicente Sy of Bilibid 19 'home' to drug lords -Sebastian at hearing: Up to P200,000 a month was spent in electricity alone for an air-conditioned office-cum-detention facility whose construction he himself had financed with drug money. During Christmas, he spent about P3 million for the holiday parties of his Commando gang members. Convicted kidnapper Jaybee Sebastian, facing a congressional inquiry yesterday, painted a luxurious lifestyle for high-value inmates like himself at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), thanks to drug trafficking, although he said life outside prison was still much better. Sebastian estimated that from P50 million to P100 million a day was earned in illegal transactions at the NBP. There was so much cash, he said, that money counting machines were brought in. Witnesses said NBP guards looked the other way as prostitutes, weapons and other contraband were brought into the prison compound. READ MORE...RELATED, Inconsistencies seen in testimonies in House inquiry into illegal drugs...
ALSO: Convicts tag De Lima as drug trade protector
[RELATED: JAYBEE NOT REVEALING THE WHOLE TRUTH - His testimony a ‘mix of truths and lies’ - Aguirre]
OCTOBER 11 -GO AHEAD, ARREST ME: Sen. Leila de Lima prays during a mass marking World Day Against the Death Penalty at the CBCP chapel in Intramuros, Manila yesterday. She dared authorities to arrest her on drug charges. EDD GUMBAN She was fully aware of the illegal drug trade inside the national penitentiary when she was justice secretary and got a total of P10 million for her silence, a high-value inmate said yesterday, referring to Sen. Leila de Lima, whom he called the “protector” of convicted drug lords. “Protector, ganun po ang dating. Wala po kaming ibang pinagkukunan ng pera (Protector, that’s how it was. There was nowhere else we could get money),” 36-year-old convicted kidnapper Jaybee Sebastian told the House committee on justice at the resumption yesterday of the hearing on the alleged illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP). READ MORE.RELATED, JAYBEE NOT REVEALING THE WHOLE TRUTH - His testimony a ‘mix of truths and lies’ - Aguirre...
ALSO: Leila hits lookout order, ‘men without balls’
[RELATED: Former actress-model confirms sex trade inside NBP]
OCTOBER 11 -Opposition Senator Leila De Lima gestures while questioning witnesses at the resumption of the Philippine Senate probe on extrajudicial killings in the continuing "war on drugs" campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. The Philippine Senate's Committee on Justice and Human Rights, has invited witnesses to look into the possible human rights violations and extrajudicial killings in Davao city when Duterte was still the city mayor as well as the current "war on drugs" campaign by the present administration. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez The Department of Justice (DOJ) has placed Sen. Leila de Lima and five others under an immigration lookout bulletin order (ILBO) after witnesses tagged them in the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP). In a three-page memorandum to the Bureau of Immigration (BI), Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II issued the ILBO against De Lima, her former aides Ronnie Dayan and Joenel Sanchez, former Department of Justice (DOJ) undersecretary Francisco Baraan III, former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) director Franklin Jesus Bucayu and former Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission executive director Reginald Villasanta. De Lima slammed the bulletin, saying it was unnecessary because she did not intend to flee, as she dared authorities to arrest her. READ MORE...RELATED, Former actress-model confirms sex trade inside NBP...
ALSO: ‘Joenel is Leila’s sweetie, not me’
[RELATED: De Lima claims Jaybee Sebastian ‘pressured’ to lie against her]
OCTOBER 11 -TELL ALL: Convict Jaybee Sebastian testifies during the House panel hearing on the New Bilibid Prison drug trade yesterday. BOY SANTOS MANILA, Philippines - After being romantically linked to her driver, Sen. Leila de Lima may have had intimate relations with a security aide she called “sweetie” and who may have also collected drug money for her, kidnapping convict Jaybee Sebastian said yesterday. Sebastian made the latest revelation on De Lima’s love life at yesterday’s resumption of the hearing on alleged illegal drug operations at the New Bilibid Prison by the House committee on justice. In the hearing, Sebastian also contradicted practically all the testimonies of previous witnesses that he had forced convicted drug lords to contribute to De Lima’s campaign kitty, saying he only dealt with Chinese traders outside the prison facility, and not from within. READ MORE...RELATED, De Lima claims Jaybee Sebastian ‘pressured’ to lie against her...
ALSO De Lima: ‘Yes, Jaybee Merry Christmas’; P10 M payoffs to Leila
[RELATED: De Lima questions filing of drug raps before DOJ, calls Aguirre ‘master of fakery’]
OCTOBER 11 -SEBASTIAN BARES P10M PAYOFFS TO LEILA High-profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian said he delivered a total of P10 million from the proceeds of the drugs trade inside the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) to former Justice Secretary now Sen. Leila de Lima mostly through her aide Joenel Sanchez.Sebastian, who testified yesterday before the House committee on justice hearing on the drugs trade inside the national penitentiary said in one instance de Lima personally thanked him for the delivery of P2 million. Sebastian narrated Sanchez called him up one time before Christmas after he handed him P2 million to which de Lima’s former security aide told him someone wanted to talk to him, who turned out to be de Lima. READ MORE...RELATED, De Lima questions filing of drug raps before DOJ, calls Aguirre ‘master of fakery’ ...
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Lifestyles of the prison’s rich and infamous
Peter Co, Vicente Sy, Bilibid 19’ drug lords
MANILA, OCTOBER 17, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Delon Porcalla October 11, 2016 - Sebastian at hearing: Up to P200,000 a month was spent in electricity alone for an air-conditioned office-cum-detention facility whose construction he himself had financed with drug money. During Christmas, he spent about P3 million for the holiday parties of his Commando gang members.
Convicted kidnapper Jaybee Sebastian, facing a congressional inquiry yesterday, painted a luxurious lifestyle for high-value inmates like himself at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), thanks to drug trafficking, although he said life outside prison was still much better.
Sebastian estimated that from P50 million to P100 million a day was earned in illegal transactions at the NBP. There was so much cash, he said, that money counting machines were brought in.
Witnesses said NBP guards looked the other way as prostitutes, weapons and other contraband were brought into the prison compound.
To ensure that drug deals were carried out with the least disruption, signal jammers were switched off most of the time – for sizeable fees to prison officials, said Sebastian, who has spent most of his 36 years as a jailbird, and who is serving two life terms.
Self-confident and articulate, Sebastian at one point begged off from naming on national TV inmates engaged in illegal deals. Asked if he was afraid to be killed, he calmly denied it, saying he feared he would kill the inmates if they went after him.
Sebastian confirmed “A1” information relayed to the House committee on justice by Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers that prison officials would turn off jammers so drug transactions and other illegal activities could proceed smoothly through calls and texts from mobile phones.
He said the practice was common when Sen. Leila de Lima was still justice secretary. The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) is under the Department of Justice.
He confirmed reports that BuCor officials were paid P100,000 per hour for the deal. “Sa operations center po iyan. Hindi na nga po binubuksan (the jammers were not turned on).”
It also reached a point when Sebastian believed the so-called raids conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation were just “moro-moro” or a farce, as nothing turned up during those raids, especially during the time of former BuCor chief Franklin Bucayu.
Sebastian said he could not comprehend until now what Bucayu meant in his text message to him, which read: “Magiging sing-kinang ng ginto at sing-tibay ng riles ng tren (Bright as gold and strong as railroad tracks).”
Sebastian admitted he and fellow convict and drug lord Herbert Colanggo were engaged in a stiff drug competition.
A Bureau of Correction officer shows detention cells at Building 14, which used to house the lethal injection chamber, in the New Bilibid Prison yesterday. The building, which fell into disuse after the government suspended capital punishment in 2006, was rehabilitated to house the ‘Bilibid 19’ drug lords and other high-risk inmates. The inmates are: Amin Imam Boratong, Michael Ong, Willy Sy, Noel Martinez, Eugene Chua, Chua Sam Li, Peter Co, Vincent Sy, (Report cover photo above) Joel Capones, Herbert Colangco, Tom Chua, Rommel Capones, Jojo Baligad, Willy Chua, Jacky King Sy and Benjamin Marcelo. Bernardo BatuigasPHILSTAR FILE
Colanggo’s holding numerous concerts and parties at the prison may partly explain why he was portrayed as the fair-haired boy of De Lima then.
Monthly bills from the Manila Electric Co. for the maximum security compound alone ranged between P70,000 and P200,000. Sebastian promised to produce the Meralco bills as soon as he is able to gather them.
Sebastian also said he had no idea why he was the only one left when the NBI raided the prison facility in December 2014 and moved his fellow drug lord-convicts to the NBI complex in Manila.
“I’m just a servant. I’m not a king. Hindi po tayo matatapos dito kung iyan po ang pag-uusapan natin dito (We’ll never finish if that’s what we’ll talk about),” Sebastian told Kabayan Rep. Harry Roque, as he pointed to former BuCor chief Gaudencio Pangilinan who sanctioned the Discovery Channel documentary.
He nonetheless admitted belatedly realizing that he may have been special to De Lima.
“On the latter part po, na-realize ko iyan,” the convict conceded, but stressed he wouldn’t be surprised if the 14,000 convicts at the maximum security compound pointed to him as the sole culprit behind the proliferation of drugs.
Sebastian pointed to 11 other gang leaders as responsible for the drug trade inside NBP.
PHOTOS INSIDE THE NATIONAL BILIBID PRISON BUILDING 19
2014 PHOTO -BILIBID OR NOT? LUXURIOUS QUARTERS IN MAXIMUM SECURITY COMPOUND Justice Secretary Leila de Lima leads a dawn raid on the air-conditioned rooms of powerful convicts at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. Peter Co’s room has a sauna while that of his assistant, Jojo Baligad, boasts of a jacuzzi. Convict Herbert Colangco’s room rocks with a music studio. EDWIN BACASMAS FROM INQUIRER REPORT DECEMBER 2014
An NBI agent finds a flat screen TV under the mattress of a convict following another raid at the maximum security compound of the New Bilibid Prison. BERNARDO BATUIGAS PHILSTAR FILE
CONVICTED CRIMINAL HERBERT COLANGCO: Prisoners discovered 'living like kings' Inmates at Bilibid Prison in the Philippines had a stripper bar, jacuzzi, flat screen televisions and a recording studio among contraband discovered during a raid by authorities. FROM THE SIDNEY MORNING HERALD
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https://youtu.be/uoS7ggu3QMM Herbert Colangco’s Music Video (MTV) shot inside Bilibid Prison Philippine Politics Philippine Politics Subscribe3,329 Add to Share More 137,503 views 484 119 Published on Jul 11, 2016 Herbert Colangco is one of the names labeled by Duterte as a drug lord for the Triad. The MTV (Music Video) of his song "Akala mo lang yun" was shot inside our maximum security prison Bilibid. Wondering how or why this was allowed? We are as amazed as you are Watch it here: http://whatstrending.info/2016/07/11/...
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Inconsistencies seen in testimonies in House inquiry into illegal drugs By: Nikko Dizon / @nikkodizonINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 04:44 AM October 12, 2016
DRUG TRADE PROBE High-profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian meets another resource person, former Bureau of Corrections officer in charge Rafael Ragos, during the hearing of the House of Representatives’ committee on justice,which is looking into the illegal drugs trade at New Bilibid Prison. The two gave conflicting testimonies. —RICHARD A. REYES
After four hearings totaling 47 hours, opposition congressmen assailed what they saw as inconsistencies in the testimonies of witnesses presented by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II that sought to link Sen. Leila de Lima to the illegal drug trade at New Bilibid Prison (NBP) when she was the justice secretary.
“The committee is in a quandary on how to appreciate the testimonies of Jaybee Sebastian vis-à-vis Joenel Sanchez because the two are in total contradiction. One of them is lying,” Rep. Reynaldo Umali, chair of the House of Representatives committee on justice, conceded at the close of its final hearing on Monday that lasted nearly 14 hours.
By then, the panel had presented 22 witnesses, including 14 NBP inmates.
Sebastian, a convicted kidnapper and car thief, testified that Sanchez had demanded and received money from him on behalf of De Lima.
He said he gave a total of P10 million to De Lima’s campaign kitty.
Sebastian also implied that De Lima and Sanchez, her former security aide from the Presidential Security Group (PSG), were lovers.
Sanchez had earlier told the committee that De Lima’s former driver and alleged lover, Ronnie Dayan, was her bagman.
Sanchez denied the inmate’s accusation, saying that he did not ask for immunity unlike Sebastian. Moreover, Sanchez said he had 19 years of unblemished service at the PSG.
Sebastian and Herbert Colanggo, ironically rival gang leaders, both claimed that Sanchez was the senator’s bagman. While Sebastian said he did not know Dayan, Colanggo and the other convicts implicated Dayan.
Colanggo was among the 19 drug lords transferred to the National Bureau of Investigation jail after the December 2014 raid led by De Lima purportedly to dismantle the drug syndicates in the national penitentiary, a move the inmates said was aimed at consolidating Sebastian’s hold on the narcotics business so he could raise funds for her senatorial campaign.
Last week, De Lima said that Sebastian was a government asset. Sebastian denied this.
Umali asked the Philippine National Police, NBI, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and PSG to “give a position paper and guide the committee on how to treat these two statements.”
“Jaybee Sebastian has been granted immunity. If he is found to be lying, he violated the condition of the immunity. If Joenel is lying, he has to be punished,” Umali said.
Siquijor Rep. Ramon Rocamora, a former prosecutor, described as “hearsay” 80 percent of the witnesses’ statements.
“The inconsistencies are so great that it really affects the weight of the evidence… They are still under detention. You know the culture at the penitentiary. They have nothing to lose but everything to gain if they will testify in accordance to what the administration wants. The element of quid pro quo it is still there. You cannot deny that, no matter how much (Aguirre) said that they were not forced or guided,” Rocamora told reporters.
Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano said that with the convicts detained at NBP, technically under the control of the Bureau of Corrections and the Department of Justice, “they are forced, polluted witnesses” who could give testimonies under duress.
Opposition lawmakers led by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said that they did not attend the congressional hearings because they believed it was a tool to persecute De Lima, a staunch critic of President Duterte.
“The purpose really was to link Senator De Lima to the drug deals and secure possible complaint against her,” Lagman said.
Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice said the inquiry was a “propaganda tool to cover up for the investigation in the extrajudicial killings.”
Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat said the hearings were a “publicity stunt.” He said these cast a “chilling effect” on critics of the Duterte administration’s antidrug war, a warning “that this is what would happen to you.”
Convicts tag De Lima as drug trade protector By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 11, 2016 - 12:00am 1 1 googleplus1 0
GO AHEAD, ARREST ME: Sen. Leila de Lima prays during a mass marking World Day Against the Death Penalty at the CBCP chapel in Intramuros, Manila yesterday. She dared authorities to arrest her on drug charges. EDD GUMBAN
MANILA, Philippines - She was fully aware of the illegal drug trade inside the national penitentiary when she was justice secretary and got a total of P10 million for her silence, a high-value inmate said yesterday, referring to Sen. Leila de Lima, whom he called the “protector” of convicted drug lords.
“Protector, ganun po ang dating. Wala po kaming ibang pinagkukunan ng pera (Protector, that’s how it was. There was nowhere else we could get money),” 36-year-old convicted kidnapper Jaybee Sebastian told the House committee on justice at the resumption yesterday of the hearing on the alleged illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
He was replying to questions from Compostela Valley Rep. Ruwel Peter Gonzaga.
Sebastian, who dropped out of college after his third year in Customs administration, also disclosed he “directly” gave P2 million to the former DOJ chief, who told him to leave the box containing the money in the office of then Bureau of Corrections director Franklin Bucayu.
Jonel Sanchez takes oath before testifying in House probe.The former security aide of Senator Leila de Lima claimed before the Congressional inquiry on the alleged proliferation of drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) on Thursday that he saw the two sex videos of De Lima and her driver Ronnie Dayan from the phone of Dayan himself sometime in 2012. INQUIRER.net/Marc Jayson Cayabyab
Sebastian said he gave the bulk or P8 million to De Lima’s Presidential Security Group aide Joenel Sanchez between March and May 2015, but which the close-in security categorically denied, claiming he “resigned” as PSG detail in March of the same year.
“Paano po mangyayari iyun? E wala na po ako kay Secretary de Lima nuon (How can that be, I was no longer assigned with Secretary De Lima at that time),” Sanchez said. He revealed in the hearing having passed a lie detector test by the National Bureau of Investigation as confirmed by deputy director for intelligence Vicente de Guzman III.
Sebastian claimed he had raised funds for De Lima’s senatorial campaign last May, but only upon the insistence of Sanchez.
The NBP inmate said he is willing to undergo a lie detector test.
He also claimed De Lima wanted him dead, and that he had never been a government asset, contrary to what she had said at an earlier Senate hearing on the issue.
Sebastian said De Lima’s tagging him as a government asset had put him and his family’s lives in danger.
He said it defies logic that he would allow himself to be left alone at the NBP when all of his inmate-colleagues were transferred to the NBI complex in Manila in December 2014.
“Sa pinagdaanan ko, muntik na akong mamatay, si Secretary de Lima lang talaga ang may kasalanan (What I had to undergo nearly cost my life. It’s Secretary De Lima’s fault),” Sebastian related, noting that it was in the senator’s interest to have him killed – possibly out of fear that he might implicate her in the illegal drug trade at the NBP.
“It’s hard to speculate, but her announcing on national TV that I was an asset has endangered me and my family,” he said. He voiced suspicion fellow inmate Clarence Dongail, an underclassman of convict-witness Rodolfo Magleo, may be behind the plot to kill him.
Sebastian said being tapped as government asset would require signing documents or doing some paperwork. “I’ve never signed anything. Technically If I were an asset I would have signed paper. Logically, it’s not right to call me an asset while I’m still among other prisoners,” he said, as he called De Lima a liar.
Dongail was involved in what was reported as a prison riot, which left Sebastian and several others wounded and a drug lord killed.
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(Joenel lang po, hindi 'sweetie')
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JAYBEE NOT REVEALING THE WHOLE TRUTH, SAYS DOJ CHIEF: Aguirre: Sebastian’s testimony a ‘mix of truths and lies’ By: Yuji Vincent Gonzales / @YGonzalesINQ INQUIRER.net / 10:18 PM October 11, 2016
Witness Jaybee Sebastian testifies during the Congressional hearing and inquiry on illegal drug trade in National Bilibid Prison, October 10, 2016. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA/Philippine Daily Inquirer
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre on Tuesday said the testimony of convict Jaybee Sebastian during the House probe into drug proliferation in the New Bilibid Prison was a combination of truths and lies.
While saying that he was surprised with how Sebastian responded to lawmakers, Aguirre said portions of his testimony were not believable, including his statement that he did not know Sen. Leila de Lima’s former driver and alleged bagman Ronnie Dayan.
“Nagulat ako sa testimony ni Jaybee Sebastian. Bukod sa matalino,mabilis magsalita, talagang sinabi nya yung kanyang nalalaman, but ‘di ko sya tinaggap bilang isang binigyan ng immunity (under the witness protection program) sapagkat akoy naniniwala na di pa rin nya siniwalat yung buong katotohanan,” Aguirre said in an INQ&A interview.
“Halimbawa very clear ito, sinabi ni Jaybee na ‘di n’ya kilala si Ronnie Dayan, eh paano di magkakakilala yan samantalang limang taong driver-security guard ni Justice Secretary si Ronnie Dayan kaya imposibleng di nya malaman,” he added.
In his testimony, Sebastian, who was being tagged as the one who supposedly raised funds for De Lima’s campaign in the NBP, said he did not know Dayan and only dealt with De Lima’s former security aide Joenel Sanchez. Sebastian said he gave De Lima through Sanchez a total of P10 million in drug money.
“Di ko po malaman ano ang kanyang play pero nagtataka naman ako na talagang he named Dec. De Lima sa protector ng mga illegal drug traders sa loob ng bilibid. Sinabi din nya na sa 5 beses na pagkakataon na binigyan nya ng total na 10M si De Lima kaya talagang pinaghalo nya yung totoo at di totoo,” Aguirre said.
Contrary to De Lima’s claims, Aguirre said Sebastian could not be a government asset as he was the closest drug lord to the former justice secretary and the most powerful dealer in the prison facility.
Aguirre said the December 2014 raid in the NBP that led to the transfer of the “Bilibid 19” to the National Bureau of Investigation was done so that Sebastian could control and monopolize the drug trade in the national penitentiary.
De Lima, Sebastian, Dayan and four others were charged with an illegal drugs case on Tuesday by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption before the DOJ over allegations of conspiracy and drug sale in the Bilibid.
Leila hits lookout order, ‘men without balls’ By Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 11, 2016 - 12:00am 0 5 googleplus0 0
Opposition Senator Leila De Lima gestures while questioning witnesses at the resumption of the Philippine Senate probe on extrajudicial killings in the continuing "war on drugs" campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines. The Philippine Senate's Committee on Justice and Human Rights, has invited witnesses to look into the possible human rights violations and extrajudicial killings in Davao city when Duterte was still the city mayor as well as the current "war on drugs" campaign by the present administration. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has placed Sen. Leila de Lima and five others under an immigration lookout bulletin order (ILBO) after witnesses tagged them in the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
In a three-page memorandum to the Bureau of Immigration (BI), Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II issued the ILBO against De Lima, her former aides Ronnie Dayan and Joenel Sanchez, former Department of Justice (DOJ) undersecretary Francisco Baraan III, former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) director Franklin Jesus Bucayu and former Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission executive director Reginald Villasanta.
De Lima slammed the bulletin, saying it was unnecessary because she did not intend to flee, as she dared authorities to arrest her.
“Obviously, the persecution continues by these men without balls,” De Lima said. “I already dared them to arrest me, but no one came. I challenge this administration and the President: you’ve been ganging up on me for three months, using the entire government machinery, are you that cowardly and inutile? Are you really men?”
She vowed to challenge the lookout bulletin as she decried anew her “persecution” by a “kangaroo court.”
“Considering the gravity of the possible commission of any offense, there is a strong possibility that they may attempt to place themselves beyond the reach of legal processes of this department by leaving the country,” the order stated. “We thus deem the issuance of an ILBO against the subject persons prudent in order to at least monitor the itineraries of their flight, travel and/or whereabouts.”
The ILBO specifically directed all immigration officers “to be on alert for the above-named individuals should they pass through the immigration counters in any of our international ports and/or seaports.”
The ILBO does not prevent the departure of the subjects, as it was issued only for monitoring purposes.
But it requires De Lima and other incumbent government officials and employees in the list to secure travel authority from their heads of office before they could leave the country.
The DOJ issued the order upon request of the National Bureau of Investigation.
Baraan is reportedly in the US for medical treatment. He left last August even before he was implicated in the NBP drug trade and before Congress started its inquiry on the matter.
Congress, meanwhile, has summoned Dayan to its hearings, but he could not be located.
De Lima, Bucayu, Villasanta and Sanchez remain in the country.
Witnesses in the House of Representatives inquiry earlier accused De Lima, Bucayu and Baraan of receiving millions in drug money from high-profile inmates in the NBP.
Sanchez was tagged as De Lima’s bagman, but he denied the allegation and instead bolstered allegations that the lady senator had an affair with Dayan, her former driver-bodyguard, when she was still DOJ chief.
Villasanta allegedly attempted to accompany Bucayu when the latter asked former police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief Benjamin Magalong to drop the raid at the NBP in 2014.
It was De Lima herself who formulated the rules on the ILBO when she was still DOJ secretary.
The ILBO was crafted in lieu of the DOJ’s power to issue a watch list order and hold departure order on personalities facing fact-finding or preliminary investigation on criminal charges, as the Supreme Court stopped these in 2011 upon a petition from former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
De Lima irked
Meanwhile, De Lima hit the ILBO issuance against her, vowing to question it before the courts.
“There is still no basis for a lookout bulletin against me,” the senator asserted, saying the DOJ has not filed a case against her with the Office of the Ombudsman despite the ongoing hearings in the House of Representatives.
“I don’t think a lookout bulletin can be justified using a kangaroo court’s persecution of a sitting senator,” De Lima said. “I will take the necessary legal action against this latest assault on my person by my successor at the DOJ.”
She said the Duterte administration and its allies have done worse against her in the past several weeks, and the lookout bulletin was mere icing on the cake.
Calling the lookout bulletin pointless, De Lima said she has no intention of leaving the country, unless it would be for some “engagement or what.”
“They should not waste their time because I have no plans of leaving the country to escape the crisis,” she said. “If I leave the country, it would be because of a good reason, maybe, if I am invited to a speaking engagement. I’m innocent; only the guilty flees.”
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Former actress-model confirms sex trade inside NBP Published October 13, 2016 10:07pm
A former model and actress has confessed to offering escort services inside the New Bilibid Prison, confirming allegations that the sex trade exists inside thwithin the prison exists.
A report by Marisol Abdurahman in 24 Oras on Thursday said that "Melody" was one of the women inmates refer to as "tilapia" or "bangus," terms for prostitutes purchased by "big time" inmates.
Melody said that convicted drug lord Vicente Sy was her former client.
"Ang tagal bago kami makapasok. Tawag kay Vicente...everytime papasok doon, sa gate pa lang papasundo na niya ko, at yung kasama ko. So walang humaharang sakin," she said.
She said she must have entered the prison around 15 to 20 times, before security was tightened.
Melody said she visited Sy for hours at a time, sometimes even staying overnight in his cell.
After her second visit, she had brought another woman with her, which earns them extra money.
"Usually, magdala lang...5,000 to 10,000," Melody said.
Former actress Sabrina M., who was recently arraigned for charges of drug pushing, said she was also aware of the sex trade inside Bilibid.
"May naririnig lang ako, may naririnig ako na pumapasok dun," she said.
Meanwhile, starlet Krista Miller admitted she also used to visit the prison, but not for sex activities.
Miller said that she was selling a condominium unit to convicted drug lord Ricardo Camata, whom she first met at the Sagala Festival in 2014.
She also visited him in a hospital in 2014.
Miller was recently arrested due to her involvement in illegal drugs.
High-profile inmates recently testified before a House inquiry that prostitutes were also being smuggled into the national penitentiary, along with illegal drugs and alcohol. —Jessica Bartolome/NB, GMA News
‘Joenel is Leila’s sweetie, not me’ By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 11, 2016 - 12:00am 0 7 googleplus0 0
TELL ALL: Convict Jaybee Sebastian testifies during the House panel hearing on the New Bilibid Prison drug trade yesterday. BOY SANTOS
MANILA, Philippines - After being romantically linked to her driver, Sen. Leila de Lima may have had intimate relations with a security aide she called “sweetie” and who may have also collected drug money for her, kidnapping convict Jaybee Sebastian said yesterday.
Sebastian made the latest revelation on De Lima’s love life at yesterday’s resumption of the hearing on alleged illegal drug operations at the New Bilibid Prison by the House committee on justice.
In the hearing, Sebastian also contradicted practically all the testimonies of previous witnesses that he had forced convicted drug lords to contribute to De Lima’s campaign kitty, saying he only dealt with Chinese traders outside the prison facility, and not from within.
He told the committee, chaired by Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali, that to his knowledge De Lima’s lover was her aide Joenel Sanchez of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) and not her driver Ronnie Dayan. He said he didn’t know Dayan.
“Habang kami ay nagkukuwentuhan, nakita namin sila (De Lima and Sanchez) na nag-holding hands,” recalled Sebastian, adding that he heard De Lima call Sanchez “sweetie.”
Sebastian said Sanchez had even wrongly sent an amorous text message supposedly meant for De Lima but which landed in his cellphone. This made him suspect even more the two really had “romantic relations” despite Sanchez’s repeated denials.
Another supposed lover of De Lima likewise cropped up – apart from Dayan and Metro Manila Development Authority officer Warren Cristobal – identified only as “McCoy.” The latter reportedly entered the picture when Sanchez resigned.
Sebastian confirmed that he heard such rumors. “Siya (McCoy) po ang bagong BF ni ma’am,” he revealed, bolstering reports McCoy had indeed taken over Sanchez’s task for De Lima.
Sebastian also categorically denied insinuations he had an affair with De Lima.
Sanchez, for his part, maintained he had nothing to do with the P8 million Sebastian supposedly handed to him for De Lima.
“Hindi po totoo iyan,” he said, stressing in his 19 years of service his record remains untainted.
The PSG aide also pointed out his not having sought immunity is proof he’s not lying.
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De Lima claims Jaybee Sebastian ‘pressured’ to lie against her Published October 10, 2016 1:43pm By KATHRINA CHARMAINE ALVAREZ, GMA News
Senator Leila de Lima on Monday said inmate Jaybee Sebastian was “pressured” by the authorities to pin her down in the ongoing congressional hearing on the alleged New Bilibid Prison (NBP) drug trade.
In a chance interview with reporters, De Lima said Sebastian has been “pushed to the wall” especially after the so-called riot at the NBP last month.
“Apparently or obviously, Jaybee Sebastian has been pushed to the wall. Apparently and obviously, hindi na niya nakayanan ‘yung pressure,” the embattled senator said.
“Now that he has finally appeared there at sumama na rin sa mga kasinungalingan na ‘yan, ibig sabihin hindi na niya kinaya yung pressure,” De Lima said.
She said even Sebastian’s wife had pleaded to him to cooperate with authorities.
De Lima recalled a text message allegedly sent by Sebastian's wife: "Sundin mo na ‘yung pinapagawa sa’yo dahil si De Lima lang naman yung habol nila. Maiintindihan din naman ‘yan ni Senator De Lima."
"Nakinig na siya sa asawa niya kasi nagmamakaawa na," the senator said.
De Lima said she received information from a source that Sebastian was the main target in the September 28 stabbing incident inside the NBP.
The inmate, alleged to have collected drug money for De Lima, sustained several stab wounds in the back and chest during the attack at the NBP Building 14, which left one inmate dead.
Joenel pressured too
On allegations of receiving money through her alleged lover and former security aide Joenel Sanchez, De Lima said she would not be surprised if Sanchez will again appear in the House justice committee hearing to corroborate Sebastian’s testimony.
“Tanungin nila si Joenel kung totoo ‘yun. Pero siyempre si Joenel, isa rin yun na na-pressure na rin magtestify so hindi ako magtataka na halimbawa, i-recall si Joenel for the purpose of collaborating or corroborating ‘yang claim na 'yan ni Jaybee Sebastian,” De Lima said.
In his affidavit read before the House panel, Sebastian said he sent P2 million to De Lima through Sanchez, whom she supposedly called “sweetie.”
Earlier, Sanchez alleged that De Lima had a romantic relationship with her former driver, Ronnie Dayan. He also claimed of watching two sex videos of De Lima and Dayan.
De Lima further said Sebastian’s denial of being a government asset was expected.
“Hindi niya kasi pwedeng aminin 'yan dahil nga, ginagawa na rin siyang sinungaling including yung ganyang paratang na may pera silang ibinigay sa’kin,” she said.
During the hearing, Sebastian said it seemed De Lima wanted him dead for announcing that he is a government asset. —ALG, GMA News
De Lima: ‘Yes, Jaybee Merry Christmas’ Written by Tribune Wires Tuesday, 11 October 2016 00:00 By Charlie V. Manalo, Gerry Baldo and Benjamin B. Pulta
SEBASTIAN BARES P10M PAYOFFS TO LEILA
High-profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian said he delivered a total of P10 million from the proceeds of the drugs trade inside the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) to former Justice Secretary now Sen. Leila de Lima mostly through her aide Joenel Sanchez.
Sebastian, who testified yesterday before the House committee on justice hearing on the drugs trade inside the national penitentiary said in one instance de Lima personally thanked him for the delivery of P2 million.
Sebastian narrated Sanchez called him up one time before Christmas after he handed him P2 million to which de Lima’s former security aide told him someone wanted to talk to him, who turned out to be de Lima.
“I asked her then: ‘Natanggap n’yo po ba ang regalo ko sa inyo?’ (Did you receive my gift?) to which de Lima replied:’Yes, Jaybee Merry Christmas,’” Sebastian narrated. In another delivery, after their meeting at the office of then Bureau of Corrections chief Franklin Jesus Bucayu, Sebastian asked de Lima to whom should he give P2 million of his regular payoffs.
De Lima, according to Sebastian, told him, “iwan mo na lang diyan, wala si Joenel (leave it there, Joenel is not around).”
Sebastian, while denying he knew Dayan who is rumored to be de Lima’s boyfriend, said as far as he knows, it could be Sanchez who could be romantically linked to de Lima.
“I heard Secretary de Lima called him (Sanchez) ‘sweetie,’” said Sebastian.
Sebastian said Sanchez was de Lima’s boyfriend and who served as de Lima’s bagman and not Ronnie Dayan, her driver and rumored lover.
Sebastian said he personally met de Lima around eight to 12 times although he had the chance to talk her about seven to eight times.
Except for the time he personally delivered P2 million to de Lima, Sebastian said he channeled the money through Sanchez.
One time, Sebastian said he texted Sanchez to report an incident wherein the spokesman for Sigue Sigue Commando, one of the rival gangs inside the NBP, hosted a sexy show, the security aide told him he’ll get back to him after he reported the matter to de Lima.
To his surprise, he received a text message from Sanchez reporting the incident but addressing him as “Sweetie.”
Moments later, Sebastian said he received another text message from Sanchez stating, “wrong send,” as the first message was intended for de Lima.
De Lima a protector
During the inquiry, Sebastian was asked whether he would consider De Lima as his protector or his business associate in the NBP drug trade.
“Mas okay na ang protector, ganun ang dating eh (It would be okay to call her as protector, that’s how I considered it),” Sebastian responded.
Sebastian also hinted that De Lima may have wanted him killed after the senator in a press briefing called him a government asset.
“She may have wanted me dead in Building 14. That’s the consequence of calling me an asset. I was endangered,” Sebastian said.
Sebastian indeed was targeted in a Sept. 29 riot at the NBP after an inmate Clarence Dongail stabbed him several times.
Sebastian said the effort to have him killed was apparently meant to prevent him from testifying at the House hearing.
Sebastian claimed the drug proliferation at the Bilibid was all De Lima’s fault.
“The way things were ran, it was Secretary De Lima who was at fault,” Sebastian said.
Sebastian said P100 million a day generated from the drugs trade inside the NBP would not be surprising.
”At the height of the drug trade activities, you wouldn’t be surprised to confiscate money amounting to P50 million to P100 million a day,” Sebastian said.
He said that drug lords inside the NBP even owns money counting machines to keep track of their earnings.
Sebastian said NBP drug lords give penitentiary officials P100,000 weekly to shut down cellphone jammers installed in the maximum prison facility.
Sebastian said the illegal drugs supplied to the NBP comes from China and North Korea.
Sanchez refuted all of Sebastian’s allegation when the two faced off each other during the hearing.
While Sebastian’s testimony was being heard, Justice Secretary Vitaiano Aguirre announced the entry of Sanchez.
To test Sebastian’s credibility if he really knew Sanchez personally, the inmate was asked to identify the former security aide.
Sebastian approached Sanchez and tapped him on the shoulder.
“That’s not true. What he’s saying is not true,” Sanchez told the panel referring to Sebastian’s statement.
Antipolo Rep. Romeo Acop then raised the conflicting statements of Sanchez and Sebastian.
“You said that the boyfriend is Dayan,” Acop told Sanchez.
“But here comes another guy saying you are De Lima’s ‘sweetie.’ “One of you is lying and the other is telling the truth,” Acop added.
While Sanchez said he has an unblemished record in his 19 years in service and had already undergone a lie detector test to back up his earlier testimony before the House Committee, Sebastian stood firm with his testimony saying he was telling the truth. Charlie V. Manalo
Peter Co backs up Sebastian claims
Sebastian told the members of the Justice Panel headed by Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali, that he started giving money to the secretary after he received a text from Sanchez on January 8, 2015 asking him to help in De Lima’s campaign in the 2016 polls.
Another witness, a Chinese national named Wu Tuan Yuan alias Peter Co, corroborated the affidavit of Sebastian about the fund raising activities of de Lima at the NBP.
In a sworn statement, Co said that the Chinese drug lords inside the NBP have given P10-million to De Lima’s campaign kitty in 2012. He said the money all came from the sale of illegal drugs.
In the early part of 2013, Co said that they were made to report to the office of then BUCOR director Rafael Ragos and were told to raise P100,000 every week until the entry of Director Jesus Franklin Bucayu.
While Sebastian denied that he was a government asset, Co said that Sebastian was influential in the NBP. Co claimed that Sebastian can effect the transfer of an inmate if one does not accede to Sebastian’s wishes.
Co also claimed that it was Sebastian who was responsible for the raid of their “Kubol” and their transfer to the National Bureau of Investigation. He said that those who were transferred to the NBI wer: Vicente Sy, Michale Ong, Jojo Baligad, Tony Co, Noel Martinez, Nomer Capones, Jackie Sy, Willy Chua, Tom Chua, Major Clarence Dongael, German Agojo, Samly Chua, Joel Capones and Herbert Colangco.
Members of the House justice panel also ordered the arrest of Dayan.
Ronnie Dayan, the ex-driver and bodyguard of Leila De Lima
The justice panel also ordered that Dayan be placed under the Bureau of Immigration’s watch list after majority of the members voted to cite the latter in contempt for repeated failure to appear before the body investigating the illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prisons.
Dayan’s name has been repeatedly mentioned in the testimonies of resource persons and by convicts testifying in the probe.
Dayan is reportedly “in a relationship” with De Lima as claimed by Junel Sanchez, a member of the Presidential Security Group assigned to De Lima.
Dayan was also being dragged into the illegal drug trade for allegedly acting as a conduit of the drug lords inside the NBP and the then justice secretary.
De Lima, 8 others in lookout order
Eight former justice department employees along with de Lima has been placed by government lawyers under the immigration bureau’s list of persons whose exit out of the problem is restricted due to their involvement in an ongoing investigation into a high profile drug syndicate operating from inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
An immigration lookout bulletin order (ILBO) was handed down against Senator Leila de Lima and five other individuals including her former driver-body guard and alleged boyfriend Ronnie Dayan, former Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III, former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Franklin Bucayu, Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission Executive Director Reginald Villasanta, and de Lima’s former security aide Joenel Sanchez.
Three other aides in De Lima’s office namely Mark Noemin A. Adricula,Warren Cristobal and Jose Adrian T. Dera were also included.
Justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre III explained that the travel ban was issued upon the recommendation of the National Bureau of Investigation, which is currently building up a case against the said individuals for their alleged role in the illegal drugs trade in the NBP.
“Considering the gravity of the possible commission of any offense, there is a strong possibility that they may attempt to place themselves beyond the reach of the legal processes of this Department by leaving the country. We thus deem the issuance of an ILBO against the subject persons prudent in order to at least monitor the itineraries of their flight, and/or whereabouts,” the memorandum stated.
Morente is tasked to disseminate the details of the ILBO and to instruct immigration officers to be on alert for the said individuals should they pass through the immigration counters in any of the country’s international airports and seaports.The BI is also mandated to immediately coordinate and seek assistance with the National Prosecution Office (NPO) or to the NBI in case they attempt to leave the country.
Aguirre said the nine should be prevented from leaving the country without corresponding travel authority from their heads of offices.
“Said information shall be immediately and promptly relayed to the foregoing and to any other concerned government office or agency, keeping in mind that time is of the essence in those situations, especially to determine the appropriate course of action to be undertaken thereafter,” Aguirre said.
“Hence, all concerned are strongly warned against waiting until boarding time to inform concerned offices of any attempt to leave the country,” the DOJ chief added.
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De Lima questions filing of drug raps before DOJ, calls Aguirre ‘master of fakery’ Published October 11, 2016 1:29pm Updated October 11, 2016 2:31pm
Senator Leila de Lima on Tuesday questioned the filing of drug trafficking charges against her before the Department of Justice (DOJ), saying it was not the proper venue.
In a statement released to the media, De Lima said the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and lawyer Ferdinand Topacio should file the complaint against her before the Office of the Ombudsman.
"The lawyers of VACC and Atty. Topacio should know that such a case against me for acts done while Secretary of Justice should be filed with the Ombudsman," she said.
De Lima said that while the DOJ may initially take cognizance of the case, it would still be eventually filed with the Office of the Ombudsman for another round of fact-finding investigation.
She was referring to the memorandum of agreement on investigation and prosecution of cases involving state officials and employees signed in 2012 by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales and De Lima herself.
Under the agreement, the DOJ will immediately endorse to the Ombudsman for investigation cases within the jurisdiction of the Sandiganbayan such as graft, bribery, and cases involving government officials and employees with Salary Grade 27 or higher.
Specifically, these cases involve violation of Republic Act 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards), RA 7080 (Plunder Law), RA 7659 (Heinous Crime Law), RA 9160 (violation of the Anti-Money Laundering Law when committed by a public officer), Presidential Decree 46 (Prohibition Against Gift-Giving), and PD 749 (law granting immunity to bribe givers who voluntarily give information).
De Lima was under Salary Grade 31 when she was DOJ secretary from June 2010 to October 2015.
"In the meantime, the complainants would have wasted time by filing it with the DOJ. In the interest of the speedy administration of justice, they should have directly filed this complaint with the Ombudsman, not the DOJ,” De Lima, a former DOJ secretary, said.
“Unless they have other reasons for filing it with the DOJ instead of the Ombudsman. Maybe because that is the domain of Aguirre, the master of fakery. Justice under Aguirre is fake,” she added.
Apart from De Lima, also charged by the VACC with sale of illegal drugs and conspiracy to commit drug trade under Republic Act 9165 were:
former Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III; former Bureau of Corrections chief Franklin Bucayu; De Lima's former security aides Ronnie Dayan, Joenel Sanchez and Jose Adrian Dera alias Jad De Vera; Bucayu's staff and alleged bagman Col. Wilfredo Ely; and high profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian The complaints were prepared by Topacio, counsel of inmate Herbert Colanggo. It will undergo preliminary investigation by DOJ prosecutors who will determine if there is probable cause to press charges in court.
De Lima also challenged her other critics to file their charges against her directly with the Office of the Ombudsman.
She said the move to accuse her before the courts was “most welcome.”
“Instead of stoning me in a House inquiry, they should start filing cases in the proper venue,” she said.
De Lima is being tagged in the alleged prison drug trade inside the New Bilbid Prison. Several inmates have testified against her in congressional hearings for supposedly collecting drug money to fund her senatorial campaign. —Kathrina Charmaine Alvarez and Virgil Lopez/KBK, GMA News
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