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Drug bribe ‘bagman’ probed

  • Written by EMontano
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ALLEGED bagman and former security detail of Senator Leila de Lima Joenel Sanchez is being investigated by the Presidential Security Group (PSG), the agency he is currently assigned to.

This was announced by PSG spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Michael Aquino yesterday.

Sanchez’ name cropped up in the ongoing House probe into the New Bilibid Prisons drug trade.

“Upon hearing his implication in the House inquiry regarding Senator de Lima, the command immediately conducted an investigation effective 18 September 2016,” Aquino said.

During the House hearing on Tuesday convicted robber Herbert Colanggo said Sanchez delivered drug money to de Lima for her senatorial bid.
   
“To ensure his safety, PSG has Sgt Sanchez confined to barracks for the investigation,” Aquino said.
   
The spokesman refused to give any details on their ongoing investigation.
   
“The command cannot give further details as of this time since we do not want to pre-empt the investigation that is being undertaken by the House of Representatives,” he said.
   
Aquino said the PSG command was willing to present Sanchez at the House inquiry if he would be invited.
   
“Yes, we will fully cooperate,” he said.
   
“In unison with our people’s clamor for truth and justice, we requested his full cooperation during the investigation,” he added.
   
Sanchez, whose name the PSG statement spelled as “Jonel,” is a sergeant who is currently assigned as security aide to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.
   
Previously, he was detailed to De Lima when she was still justice secretary. On July 1, or the day after President Rodrigo Duterte’s oath-taking, the PSG had requested Sanchez’ reassignment.