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Bilibid inmate sues De Lima

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Charges filed by jailbird the senator said was forced to testify against her in prison drug probe

HIGH-PROFILE inmate Jaybee Sebastian yesterday filed criminal charges against Senator Leila de Lima before the Department of Justice over her alleged involvement in the proliferation of drugs in the state penitentiary, among other issues.

Sebastian sued De Lima, along with former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Ricardo Rainier Cruz and former NBP Superintendent Richard Schwarzcopf, Jr. with violations of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act; violations of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees; violations of the Anti-Torture Act of 2009; bribery for allegedly requiring him to raise funds, through illegal drug trade; receiving drug money and using the same for her senatorial bid; announcing that he is a government asset; and, allowing his transfer to the prison facility's Building 14 despite threats to his life.
   
"Because of De Lima's revelation that Sebastian was an asset, inmates in Building 14 [of the New Bilibid Prison] were enraged, thus (the knife attack) on September 28," Sebastian's legal counsel Eduardo Arriba said.
   
De Lima publicly announced that Sebastian was a government asset in its fight against drugs, but a few days later after the announcement, the convict was stabbed in a prison brawl that involved other high-profile inmates.
   
Recently, an anti-crime group along with two former officials of the National Bureau of Investigation filed a disbarment case against De Lima with the Supreme Court's Office of the Bar Confidant.
   
In a 43-page complaint-affidavit, the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) claimed De Lima violated the Lawyers Oath and the Code of Professional Responsibility for her "gross immorality," that stemmed from her alleged illicit affair with her married former driver and close-in security, Ronnie Dayan.
   
Joining the VACC were former NBI officials Reynaldo Esmeralda and Ruel Lasala, as well as Sandra Cam, a known critic of De Lima.
   
The VACC said De Lima's alleged affair with Dayan "demonstrates her lack of moral character" which disqualifies her for the responsibilities and duties of lawyers.
   
"The respondent is grossly imprudent in managing her personal affairs. The fact remains that her relationship with Ronnie Dayan, a married man, is grossly immoral," the VACC said.
   
"Worse, she never denied such relationship," the VACC added.