Sgt. Jonel Sanchez, a former security aide of Leila De Lima and current member of the Presidential Security Group (PSG), may testify against the former Justice Secretary involving her in the underground drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said that Sanchez showed some indications that he is willing to cooperate and may appear at the House of Representatives for further questions.
During the last few days of the hearing on the drug trade inside the NBP, convicted inmates testified against Sen. de Lima linking her as the one controlling drugs and contrabands inside the national penitentiary.
According to the detainees, de Lima received a monthly sum of money to allow the inmates to transact drug related businesses inside Bilibid.
Sanchez was involved in the said underground drug trade right after Herbert Colanggo says that de Lima’s former security aide was the one collecting drug money inside the Bilibid and delivers it to the Senator.
Several witnesses already appeared at the House of Representatives to attest their side of the story. A new side of the story may perhaps reveal something relevant once Sanchez will then decide to pursue with his testimony.
The PSG ordered Sgt. Jonel Sanchez to return to barracks to ensure his safety and also to give way to the investigation.
According to Ltc. Michael Aquino, Spokesman of the PSG, an investigation will include a lifestyle check for Sanchez and says that they would also cooperate with the ongoing hearing and will send Sanchez once summoned.
Aquino added that the primary role of the PSG’s is to protect their principals and also added that the PSG’s function does not include being a “bagman” of anyone.
The House probe will then proceed even without the presence of Sen. de Lima. De Lima stated that she would not attend the said hearing nor send a representative, she added that the said probe is “a sham inquiry” made to disgrace her and is also part of the demolition job against her.