MORE charges have been filed against Senator Leila de Lima and several other former prison and executive officials before the Department of Justice in connection with their alleged involvement in illegal drugs at the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City.
In a transmittal letter to Prosecutor General Claro Arellano, the NBI said De Lima was charged with violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act (Section 5-Sale, Trading, Administration, Dispensation, Delivery and Distribution of Dangerous Drugs and Precursors and Essential Chemicals) and Section 26 b in relation to Article 211 of the Revised Penal Code (Qualified Bribery), Section 27 of RA 9165, violation of RA 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, Presidential Decree No.46 (Making it Punishable for Public Officials and Employees to receive and for private reasons to give gifts on any occasion) and RA 6173 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees).
Facing complaints for direct bribery and violation of Section 3(e) of RA 3019, PD 46 and Section 7 (d) of RA 6173 are former Bureau of Corrections Director Franklin Jesus Bucayu, former Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III, former BuCor officer-in-charge Rafael Ragos, De Lima’s former security aide and Presidential Security Group Member Joenel Sanchez, De Lima’s former driver and bodyguard Ronnie Dayan, Ragos’close-in aide and NBI agent Jovencio Ablen Jr., Bucayu’s alleged bagman Wilfredo Elli, DoJ employee Jesusa Francisco, De Lima’s personal assistant during her DoJ stint Lyn Sagum, a certain Julius Rejuso and an alias George.
High-profile NBP inmates-Jeybee Sebastian, Herbert Colanggo, Engelbert Durano, Vicente Sy, Wu Tuan alias Peter Co and Jojo Baligad- were also included by the NBI in the charge sheet, where they were sued specifically for the sale and distribution of illegal drugs which is punishable under RA 9165.
The NBI said they based the charges on sworn statements, documents, and testimonies of various resource persons, including the NBP inmates, who took part in the inquiry of the House of Representatives on the proliferation of illegal drugs at the national penitentiary.
“It is evident from the revelations of numerous witnesses as detailed in their sworn affidavits that herein subject Senator Leila De Lima [and the other government officials in the complaint] were fully aware of the unlawfulness of their actions yet, still actively conspired with their superiors,” the complaint stated.
The NBI said De Lima from January to November 2014 received P3 million every month in drug money from Colanggo which she allegedly requested to raise funds for her upcoming senatorial bid adding that the amount was received by the then DoJ chief through her security aide, Sanchez.
It said that from March to May 2015, De Lima also received P10 million from Sebastian coursed through Sanchez.
It added that in the latter part of 2014, De Lima attended a meeting held inside Sebastian’s “kubol” inside the NBP attended by Baligad, Rodolfo Magleo, Jaime Patcho and German Agojo where the gang leaders were ordered by Sebastian to produce funds for De Lima’s senatorial bid.
It was also in this meeting, the NBI said, that the drug operation was “centralized” with Sebastian as the head.
But the NBI said De Lima has started receiving drug money as early as 2012 when she received P5 million from Co in the latter part of that year while in 2013, she allegedly received P1 million from Sy in exchange for allowing the inmate to bring inside his cell various electrical appliances.
According to the complaint Baraan received P1 million sometime in 2013 from Sy for his transfer from the Sablayan Prison Farm in Occidental Mindoro to the NBP, P1 million in 2011 from Sy for the transfer of inmate Co to Iwahig in Palawan and P600,000 in 2014 from Sy for Co’s release from ‘bartolina.’