• FORMER JUSTICE CHIEF GOT P70M – CONVICT

    ‘De Lima turned NBP into sin city’

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    BILIBID BOYS Inmates Herbert Colanggo and former policeman Rodolfo Magleo (upper left photo) claim that former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima got millions in payoffs from gangs inside the national penitentiary in exchange for various favors. Also testifying were former National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) deputy director Rafael Ragos (lower left photo) and NBI agent Junior Ablen. PHOTOS BY RUY L. MARTINEZ AND MIKE DE JUAN

    BILIBID BOYS Inmates Herbert Colanggo and former policeman Rodolfo Magleo (upper left photo inset ) claim that former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima got millions in payoffs from gangs inside the national penitentiary in exchange for various favors. Also testifying were former National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) deputy director Rafael Ragos (lower left photo) and NBI agent Junior Ablen. PHOTOS BY RUY L. MARTINEZ AND MIKE DE JUAN

    THE NEW Bilibid Prison (NBP)became sin city, with rampant illegal drug trade, alcoholic drinks and gambling, because then Justice Secretary Leila de Lima received millions in payoffs from gang leaders, witnesses claimed in an 11-hour congressional inquiry on Tuesday.

    Rodolfo Magleo and Herbert Colanggo—both convicted criminals—testified before the justice committee of the House of Representatives on the illegal drug trade in the national penitentiary during the tenure of de Lima as Justice secretary in the previous Aquino administration.

    In a departure from House rules, the committee allowed Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd to present and cross-examine the witnesses, which also included de Lima’s former subordinates at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

    Magleo claimed that drug trafficking convicts Jaybee Sebastian and Colanggo ran sin-city type businesses, including prostitution, in the Bilibid.

    Sebastian allegedly paid de Lima P10 million for the transfer of rival inmates, including Colanggo, to the NBI Detention Center, on top of a regular payoff to de Lima of P1 million monthly, Magleo alleged.

    Colanggo said he began payoffs to de Lima in October 2013, totalling P70 million. “Since October 2013, [I gave] P46 million, P3 million monthly. That is on top of the P1 million that I give her (de Lima) every time I held a concert. In a year, I could have given her a P16-million share,” Colanggo said in Filipino.

    Colanggo was earlier referred to as “Herbert Colangco,” but he said his real name was “Herbert Colanggo.”

    The money was for PR (public relations) payola for de Lima so he could continue living in luxury inside the Muntinlupa prison, he said.

    “That’s why I was able to smuggle 300 boxes of beer in can, concert equipment, golf cart … the money was collected by Sir Joenel, on the instructions of Ronnie Dayan,” Colangco said.

    “Sir Joenel” is Joenel Sanchez, one of de Lima’s aides, said Colanggo, while Dayan was de Lima’s bodyguard.
    Last month, President Rodrigo Duterte accused de Lima, a leading critic of his deadly war on illegal drugs, of having an affair with Dayan and tolerating the drug trade at the Bilibid. The President’s claims led to Tuesday’s House inquiry.

    P1-billion collectible
    Magleo claimed to be a confidante of Sebastian, said to be the leader of the “Commando” gang, who did not testify in the House inquiry. Aguirre, who assembled the group of witnesses against de Lima, earlier said Sebastian refused to testify.

    Magleo said Sebastian ordered shabu from drug suppliers Peter Co, Ben Marcelo, Yong Yin, Alex Chen, and Jackson Li.

    “Co once told me that his collectibles reached P1 billion for one month alone. There were also a lot of guns; 80 percent of inmates had cellphones and other gadgets. The maximum security compound has been branded as Little Las Vegas and Wild, Wild West,” Magleo said in Filipino.

    “Sebastian told me that he has been paying de Lima a huge amount of money so he can do whatever he wants,” Magleo added.

    In the Bilibid, the drug trade involved shabu, marijuana, and “ecstasy” pills, he said. There was also gambling such as online betting on cockfights, dice, cards, cara y cruz and billiards; prostitution; and even concerts of entertainers including the Mocha Girls of self-proclaimed “die-hard Duterte supporter” Mocha Uson, Rufa Mae Quinto, Ethel Booba, Sharon Cuneta and Freddie Aguilar.

    Discovery documentary

    Before Aguirre began his cross-examination, committee members watched a Discovery Channel documentary on Bilibid gangsters, which featured Sebastian.

    Sebastian was bragging of his gang-leader status, contacts with top officials such as de Lima, and running his own “TV network.”

    “My weapon is this. Computer, media, camera. We have our own TV network. I think it is safe to claim that this is the first and ever network inside the Maximum Security Facility,” he says in the documentary.

    “It’s like a normal TV network wherein you have a local news network, late night show, noontime show, comedy, drama.”

    The video was marked as part of the evidence against de Lima.

    Sebastian and de Lima were apparently close, as the latter at one time went alone to the former’s “kubol” or hut, and stayed there for two or three hours, Magleo claimed.

    Axes to grind
    Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano, a former Marine captain, however, was quick to cast doubt on the convicts.

    Alejano claimed the witnesses all had axes to grind against de Lima and Sebastian whom the government had used as a mole to rid the Bilibid of drug syndicates.

    Alejano claimed to have received intelligence reports that the witnesses were arm-twisted to malign the de Lima. “They are really under duress,” Alejano added.

    Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman slammed the House justice panel led by Oriental Mindoro Rep. Rey Umali for letting Aguirre ask questions to the witnesses, in supposed violation of House rules.

    “Under the House rules, only the members of the committee can ask questions [to witnesses]. What happened today was a violation of our rules. Whether he (Aguirre) was authorized to do it or not, it is a violation of our rules,” Lagman told reporters.

    “Let’s call a spade a spade. This is an inquiry to link [de Lima]to the drug trade. This is for a partisan agenda,” Lagman added.

    De Lima urged to quit
    But for House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas of Ilocos Norte, Aguirre had all the right to ask questions as these were related to the issue at hand.

    “He is the Secretary of Justice whose office has investigated these inmates and public officers. Thus, the committee allowed him to present his investigation and the witnesses in relation to the subject matter of the resolution,” Fariñas said in a statement.

    Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte, a Duterte ally, backed Fariñas.

    “The House could help the Executive Department come up with measures to prevent a repeat of the lax security and high degree of official corruption that have mired the Bilibid,” Villafuerte said in a separate statement.

    Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza went a step further and called on de Lima to resign from the Senate.

    “After listening to the testimonies given by witnesses showing her direct involvement with narco-syndicates and watching the Discovery Channel documentary … Who knows what other relations she may have had outside the New Bilibid Prison?” he asked.

    “There is no other recourse for her but to resign her post as a senator. This investigation we started should not be in aid of legislation but in aid of prosecution,” Atienza added.

    Duterte weighs in
    President Rodrigo Duterte weighed in on Tuesday, claiming de Lima “allowed” the proliferation of illegal drugs in the New Bilibid Prison even if she was not directly involved in drug trafficking.

    “It would be unfair to say de Lima was into drug trafficking, but by implication, kasi she allowed them through her driver, pati si Baraan [including Baraan],” Duterte said, referring to de Lima’s driver and supposed lover, Ronnie Dayan, and former Bureau of Corrections head and Justice undersecretary Francisco Baraan.
    “I was correct all along because I was supplied with a matrix,” the President added.

    Duterte was in Mawab, Compostela Valley where he visited the members of the 10th Infantry (Agila) Division.
    Duterte said he would have declared martial law if he were President when drugs proliferated inside the state penitentiary.

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    17 Comments

    1. Mr. Alejano, as this paper says “that the witnesses are arm-twisted to maligned Delima”. Hopefully, you and this writer had really talk to each other and what you saying and this writer wrote in his story are based on facts. Mr. Alejano-you are previous military and graduated from Philippines prestigious military academy, gather all the facts before saying something. There are more pressing issues to deal with…

    2. Ignacio Balbutin on

      Intelligent filipinos see good things happening in the Philippines. Before it was innocent people being robbed, raped and killed but now its the criminals, drug addicts who were being killed and crime goes down remarkably compared to the last administration. Philippines will soon become like Singapore advancing in peace and prosperity

    3. Alam niyo ba kong bakit hindi nag testify si Jayvee.Takot siyang malaman ng ibang convicts nahindi pala niya binigay ka de5 ang pera kundi ibinulsa lang niya.Ne name drop lang ng mga convicts at kasabwat nitong mga ex con si d5 dahil nagalit sikla sa mga raids.LOL LOL LOl.HIK HIK HIK HIK.

    4. I thought Circus Circus casino & Hotel is only found in Las Vegas Strip Nevada, USA. where where you can find a
      lot of CLOWNS.

      But there there is another one in the Philippines, the house of congress & senate. full of clowns also and what a big joke

      first – sen. De Lima was prosecuting DU30 in connection with the extrajudicial killings and she presented her case with a witness. De lima’s opposing political party VS. DU30 was outnumbered. De lima and DU30 are not in good terms and she claimed that anybody opposes DU30 will be branded as addicts and pushers. She was evicted as the head of the judicial committee by the majority party in the senate house.

      now it’s the reverse. se. De lima is being prosecuted in connection with drug issues in NBP that she is connected and an element of crime. hahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahahaha. the new judiciary committee now presented their own witnesses. same scenario seen from the first prosecution hearing against DU30. funny hehehe

      what a circus circus full of BUFFOONS. makes us laugh hahahahaha. LOL

    5. “Sebastian and de Lima were apparently close, as the latter at one time went alone to the former’s “kubol” or hut, and stayed there for two or three hours, Magleo claimed.”

      Hmmm… 2-3 hours stay. Alam na… Haha..

    6. Need to impose death penalty right now. To make less expensive simply use a crane in front of the public hang all these drug menace without mercy, they killed and destroyed million of families, they should be hanged 100 times. Drugs is absolute punishable by death. If we don’t eliminate these source of pandemics then the country will be totally sick and leave in death of misery..

    7. before the civilians or law abiding citizens are worried about their safety against the criminals but today the criminals are worried of their lives against the cops. it is safer now for us than during the previous administration. before trading drugs is so rampant, drug players are just around and visible in the illegal selling of drugs.

    8. D5 can’t just quit, because she fears the narco-triads more than Du30. They who have taken some gruesome death oaths to punish traitors to their organization, to quote some ex. …death by a myriad swords, death by thunderbolts, death by eating dead dogs…

    9. James Tavernier on

      This isn’t true. Smoke and mirrors from Duterte. Anything to deflect attention from his murderous was on drugs. Just wait. he will worse than Hitler and Marcos combined. He is corrupt and he is implicated in many murders. People are just too afraid to speak out. Duterte is a monster.

      • Ignacio Balbutin on

        hahaha what a wild imagination. Intelligent filipinos see good things happening in the Philippines. Before it was innocent people being robbed, raped and killed but now its the criminals, drug addicts who were being killed and crime goes down remarkably compared to the last administration. Philippines will soon become like Singapore advancing in peace and prosperity

      • Oh gee dude really, which cave have been hiding for the last 30 years , honestly you need to open your eyes and use some of your brain for once , sorry to be harsh but I wonder if you are also member of the drug cartel

      • is it annoying???? really are you serious…. you tend to isolate the “ahs” instead of the testimony…… shabu pa more

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