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House wraps up Bilibid drug probe

  • Written by Jester P. Manalastas
  • Published in Nation
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THE House Committee on Justice on Monday night terminated its probe into the drug trade in the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) but is willing to reopen it once controversial Ronnie Dayan is arrested.

Committee chairman and Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali yesterday said that the panel is ready to submit a committee report by next week.

During the grueling 14-hour hearing on Monday, controversial inmate Jaybee Sebastian disclosed all he knew about the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the national penitentiary.

And because Dayan continued ignoring the House invitation to testify, the panel adopted a motion ordering his arrest and warned he would be cited in contempt.

The committee had conducted four hearings and listened to more than 15 witnesses.

Dayan is the alleged bodyguard-lover of Sen. Leila de Lima whom most of the inmates named as the one receiving payola for the senator.
   
The inmates-witnesses claimed that they gave millions to De Lima in support of her senatorial bid in the last elections.
   
The money reportedly came from the sale of illegal drugs like shabu inside and outside the NBP.
   
Umali said they expect Dayan to be brought to the House once arrested.
   
In an interview, Umali said the committee is now preparing the report that will include its recommendation to the Department of Justice (DoJ) whether to file charges against the people involved in the drug anomaly.
   
“We are prepared to do the report within the week and we will present it to the plenary by next week,” Umali said.
   
The solon, who was a former ally of De Lima in the previous administration,  said that in making the panel report, the.committee would also be considering other documents submitted to them, as well as what were discussed during the 45-minute executive session before Monday’s hearing.