HIGH-PROFILE inmate Jaybee Sebastian yesterday bared that a former security aide of Sen. Leila de Lima who confirmed her alleged sex videos with her former driver-bodyguard Ronnie Dayan was also romantically involved with the former Justice secretary.
During the continuation of the House committee on justice investigation on the Bilibid drug trade, Sebastian said he saw Joenel Sanchez, a member of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) who served as close-in security aide of De Lima during her stint as DoJ as secretary, and De Lima holding their hands.
“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.”
Sebastian also recalled that Sanchez’s short messaging system (SMS) allegedly intended for De Lima was wrongly sent to him with a message containing the word “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 having a romantic relationship with De Lima.
Aside from the alleged sex videos, Sanchez also said that he reportedly received money from Sebastian allegedly for De Lima.
After the December 15, 2014 raid at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP), Sebastian claimed that he allegedly 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 De Lima allegedly responded: “Yes, Jaybee. Merry Christmas.”
Meanwhile, Sanchez denied the allegations of Sebastian, explaining he was no longer connected with De Lima from March to May 2015.
He also vehemently denied having a romantic relationship with De Lima.
“Na-misinterpret lamang po ni Jaybee iyong paghawak ng kamay,” said Sanchez during the same congressional probe.