A VICE chairman of the House Committee on Justice yesterday said that National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Deputy Director Rafael Ragos will testify again in the continuation of the Bilibid drug trade probe today, and will tell the panel about the P1 million he delivered to Ronnie Dayan for Sen. Leila de Lima to purportedly facilitate his bid for pardon which never materialized.
Leyte Rep. Vicente Veloso, the panel vice chairman, said Ragos executed a supplemental affidavit dated September 26, 2016 enumerating the supposed instances when he delivered money, which was more than twice compared to his September 5, 2016 affidavit where he testified in Congress that there were two instances that he allegedly delivered P5 million to the senator’s house.
“May pangalawa kasi siyang (Ragos) affidavit, supplemental affidavit, na medyo mas nakakatakot,” Veloso told Rowena Salvacion’s Buena Manong Balita radio morning program yesterday over dzBB.
“Well in a way mas mabigat kasi mas marami ang sinasabing deliveries,” Veloso said when asked how damaging Ragos’ supplemental affidavit will be to de Lima.
“Mahirap kong pangunahan naman ang committee. But in a way, mas mabigat as an evidence. Talagang tugmang-tugma sa mga pinagsasabi ng mga kasamahan (other witnesses) n’ya (Ragos),” Veloso said.
In February 2013, Veloso said that Ragos, a former officer-in-charge of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) where New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in Muntinlupa City is one of its penal institutions, allegedly gave Dayan, De Lima’s former bodyguard, P1 million for the then secretary of justice to work for the pardon of inmate German Agojo, but nothing happened and the money was never returned.
“Ngayon itong February 2013, nagbigay din siya (Ragos) kay de Lima through Dayan ng P1 million. The money came from German Agojo. Para ma-facilitate ‘yong application ni German for pardon. Although walang nangyari dito dahil may mga rason. But ang pera na P1 million was never returned to him,” Veloso alleged based on the supplemental affidavit of Ragos.
“Halimbawa dito sa January (2013), may certain Jorge Go na nagbigay ng P800,000 para ibigay kay de Lima. Of course, ibinigay ito through Dayan. January, February, and March puro ito mga tig-P800,000. Ang sabi ay galing ito sa caterer ng New Bilibid Prison. Doon sa January, meron din siyang natanggap na P1.7 million from (NBI intelligence agent I Jovencio) Ablen which he delivered to Dayan,” he said.
“Sinasabi din ni Ragos na privy siya sa transactions nito dahil he was closely related to Secretary de Lima at alam n’ya na pinagkakatiwalaan siya ni Secretary de Lima,” Veloso added.
He also said that the House committee on justice is expecting high-profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian to testify in what could be the last hearing on the Bilibid drug trade this Monday.
“Posible na matapos na ito bukas (Monday) kung darating si Jaybee Sebastian at saka makikita natin na talagang no way na makakapag appear si Dayan. Then I think, matatapos na natin ito kasi may kaunti na lang na mga bagay na kailangang matanong sa mga corroborative witnesses,” Ragos said as he admitted that the panel cannot force Sebastian to attend the hearing if he refuses so.