INMATE Jaybee Sebastian is not covered by the Witness Protection Program.
Contrary to reports quoting Sebastian’s lawyer Eduardo Arriba, Justice Undersecretary Erickson Balmes said the confessed drug lord who recently testified against Sen. Leila de Lima in the House of Representatives inquiry on proliferation of illegal drug trade in New Bilibid Prisons has not been admitted to the WPP.
Balmes said the reports were not correct and that the Department of Justice issued the statement yesterday to clarify the issue.
Arriba was quoted in reports as saying that his client “has returned to Bilibid but he is now under WPP.”
The lawyer also claimed that, “protection extends to members of his (Sebastian’s) family.”
In a press conference last Wednesday afternoon, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said Sebastian might not qualify for WPP and immunity from suits following his “half-truth” testimony in the House.
“Many of his statements were not true, so I don’t think he will qualify for immunity,” he stressed.
Aguirre cited for instance the denial of Sebastian that he knew De Lima’s former driver and alleged former lover Ronnie Dayan.
He also believed that the P10 million that Sebastian said he gave to De Lima was “too small.”