HIGH-PROFILE inmate Jaybee Sebastian yesterday alleged that a former security aide of Sen. Leila de Lima who confirmed her supposed sex videos with her former driver-bodyguard Ronnie Dayan was also romantically involved with the former secretary of justice.
During the continuation of the House Committee on Justice investigation into the Bilibid drug trade, Sebastian said he saw Joenel Sanchez, a member of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) who served before as close-in security aide of de Lima during the latter’s stint as justice secretary, and de Lima holding hands when the latter visited him.
“Habang kami ay nagkukuwentuhan, nakita namin sila [De Lima at Sanchez] na nag-holding hands,” said Sebastian, adding that De Lima allegedly called Sanchez “sweetie.”
He also claimed that Sanchez’s short messaging system (SMS) wrongly sent to him a message allegedly intended for De Lima containing the endearment “sweetie.”
“Dahil sa text ni Joenel, nabuo sa isip ko na siya ay may special na relasyon kay De Lima,” said Sebastian as he denied his rumored romantic relationship with the senator.
Aside from the alleged sex videos, Sanchez also claimed that he received money from Sebastian allegedly for De Lima.
After the December 15, 2014 raid at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP), Sebastian claimed that he gave Sanchez P2 million for De Lima.
“May narinig ako sa linya na kaboses ni Sec. De Lima... sabi ko, ‘Natanggap ninyo po ba ang regalo ko sa inyo?’” said Sebastian after calling Sanchez to confirm the alleged P2 million delivery for De Lima.
He said that the person on the phone he believed was De Lima allegedly responded: “Yes, Jaybee. Merry Christmas.”
P10M for campaign kitty
Sebastian claimed he raised at least P10 million for the senatorial campaign of De Lima.
“Simula ng buwan ng Marso hanggang Mayo taong 2015 ako ay nakapagbigay ng kabuuang halaga ng sampung milyong piso kay June (Joenel Sanchez) para sa pondo sa darating na eleksyon ni Secretary Leila de Lima hanggang sa sinabi n’ya sa akin na P5 million na ang monthly quote ko,” Sebastian told lawmakers.
But before the March and May 2015 alleged deliveries of at least P10 million, Sebastian, a convicted kidnapper and carnapper, also said that he gave Joenel SanchezP2 million few days before Christmas of 2014.
“Ilang araw bago mag-Pasko, ako ay nagbigay kay Junel (Joenel) ng dalawang million sa opisina ko mismo,” Sebastian said in reading his 12-page affidavit before lawmakers who attended the congressional inquiry where he claimed that de Lima and Sanchez purportedly have romantic relationship with the senator.
Three days before the December 16, 2014 raid, Sebastian recalled that Sanchez asked him to work on raising campaign funds for De Lima because he was the only one left in the Maximum Security Compound following the transfer of the so-called “Bilibid 19” to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
Sanchez denied the allegations of Sebastian, explaining he was no longer working as security aide of De Lima from March to May 2015.
He likewise vehemently denied his alleged romantic relationship with the senator as Sebastian claimed in the hearing.
Not an asset
At yesterday’s hearing Sebastian also denied the claim of De Lima that he was an asset in the anti-drug campaign of the previous administration.
“No. ‘Yun ang gusto kong linawin dito,” this was the response of Sebastian after Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali, the chairman of the House Committee on Justice, asked him about the matter.
The House justice committee ordered the arrest of Ronnie Dayan, after his refusal to attend the House probe into illegal drugs.
Majority Leader Rodolfo Farinas moved to cite in contempt Dayan and ordered him arrested and brought to the next hearing.
Some witnesses had pointed to Dayan as the one who accepted bribe money for de Lima and also asked high-profile inmates to collect money for the former justice secretary’s senatorial bid.