THE Department of Justice (DoJ) has dropped the charges filed against former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) head Rafael Ragos who was implicated along with Senator Leila de Lima in the illegal drugs trade in the New Bilibid Prison.
This left De Lima and rumored boyfriend Ronnie Dayan as the only respondents in the case.
The charges against Ragos were dismissed after Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Peter Ong filed an amended charge sheet before the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch.
In the amended charge sheet, De Lima and Dayan are now being charged for conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading, a violation of Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
State prosecutors accused De Lima of conspiring and confederating with Dayan to commit illegal drug trading.
“The inmates of the (NBP), not being authorized by law and through the use of mobile phones and other electronic devices, willfully and unlawfully traded and trafficked dangerous drugs,” the charge sheet read.
“Thereafter (the inmates) gave and delivered to De Lima and/through Dayan, the proceeds of illegal drug trading amounting to P5 million on 24 November 2012 and another P5 million on 15 December 2012,” it added.
Also, the DoJ excluded Ragos from the amended complaint owing to his admission into the Witness Protection Program of the government.
Ragos filed a motion for reconsideration before the DoJ that he cannot be indicted for violation of R.A. 9165 owing to his admission into the WPP and his disclosure that he delivered P10 million in drug payoffs to De Lima, who was then Justice Secretary, and Dayan on separate occasions.
”With the foregoing disclosures and his admissions into the WPSBP the undersigned panel of prosecutors recommends that Ragos be excluded from the information in criminal case no. 17-165. The other grounds relied upon by respondent Ragos in assailing the joint resolution dated February 14, 2017 are, thus rendered moot and academic,” read the 11-page joint resolution signed by Ong and was released to media recently.
It was Ragos who testified before an inquiry at the House of Representatives that P5 million of the money he had delivered went to Dayan in the senator’s residence in South Bay Village in November 2012. Ragos claimed he saw Dayan hand the bag over to De Lima.