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Aguirre to probe ‘parole for sale’ this week

  • Written by Hector Lawas
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JUSTICE Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II yesterday disclosed that the investigation into the alleged “parole for sale” at the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City allegedly committed by previous officials of the Justice department will begin this week.

He said summons are now being readied against personalities involved in the alleged parole for sale. Aguirre, however, refused to disclose to whom the summons will be given.
   
Earlier, lawyer Ferdinand Topacio disclosed that some of his inmates-clients who testified in the House’ inquiry on drugs told him they were encouraged by some DOJ officials during the previous administration to apply for parole in exchange for money.
   
He said his clients told him that “considerable amount of money have already been paid by them to these people,” though he did not identify the said officials as well as the amount of money given.
   
Among the clients of Topacio were inmates Noel Martinez, Vicente Sy, German Agojo, Joel Capones, Jojo Baligad, Herbert Colangco and Jerry Pepino.
   
Sy, Baligad as well as Jamie Patio, Engelbert Durano and Nonilo Arile were the inmates identified by Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano as having pending applications for executive clemency and pardon before the Board of Pardons and Parole.
   
They were among those presented in the inquiry where they testified to the existence of the illegal drugs trade at the national penitentiary as well as Senator Leila De Lima allegedly receiving millions in drug money to fund her senatorial campaign in last May elections.