Jaybee Sebastian, a convicted crime leader, allegedly involved in irregularities inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) says that he is willing to expose the underground drug trade inside NBP but with only one condition, and that is he will only present it to President Duterte.
However, President Duterte in return has responded to Sebastian’s statement but rejects the offer and told the media that he does not talk to criminals. Instead, the President said that Sebastian could go to the fiscal if he wants.
Eduardo Arriba, Jaybee Sebastian’s lawyer, stated that his client would only reveal everything to the President and also, Sebastian does not want to appear in any hearings regarding the illegal drugs inside NBP.
Arriba also added that Sebastian is not asking any amnesty or any protection from the Philippine government, but he only wanted to help and reveal what he knows.
Sebastian came only after the riot which happened at the Building 14 of the national penitentiary which resulted in the death of one inmate, Tony Co and injured four others including Sebastian.
Sebastian immediately rushed to the Muntinlupa Medical Center (MMC) after suffering stab wounds in the hand and stomach.
Convicts which served as witnesses pinpointed Sebastian as an influential figure that allegedly linked to former Justice Secretary Leila De Lima. The detainee also said that Sebastian allegedly collected money acquired from drugs to support the funding of De Lima’s senatorial campaign.
Vitaliano Aguirre, the current Justice Secretary, stated that he wants Sebastian to appear and testify which could directly link De Lima to the illegal drug trade inside the NBP but Sebastian declined.
On the other hand, De Lima, the alleged protector according to some convicts said that the riot at NBP might be the government’s way of threatening the inmates to follow the demands to testify against her.
After the refusal of the President to hear Sebastian’s side of the story, it will now be in the hands of Sebastian whether he will testify or will just prefer not to disclose anything.