Senator Leila De Lima was dragged as the protector of the underground drug trade happening inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) during her term as Secretary of Justice.
Before the start of the probe, De Lima said that she would not attend any of the hearing with or without invitation.
Several witnesses from the NBP has stood up to confess what they know involving Sen. De Lima, as the one backing up illegal activities inside NBP.
The witnesses unveiled, drug lords paid De Lima a monthly payola for them to be allowed bring in not just contraband items but also illegal drugs inside Bilibid.
Colanggo, one of the witnesses against the Senator, stated that he gave De Lima P3 Million monthly to enjoy perks inside the Bilibid.
These perks include bringing in trucks containing 300 boxes of beers and also the hundreds of guests who enjoyed his concert held inside the NBP.
“Naging drug trade center of the Philippines po during the time of then Secretary De Lima, dahil sa Bilibid maximum security compound, doon po ang trading ng drug business sa buong Pilipinas,” The statement of Former PNP Chief Inspector Rodolfo Magleo, one of the convicted inmates testifying against De Lima.
The former PNP Chief Inspector also confessed that during De Lima’s tenure, almost 80 percent of detainees are enjoying using cellular phones that served as a medium of their communication and transact illegal activities inside NBP, “Without the cell phone, patay ang drug trade sa Bilibid” Magleo added.
Magleo also said that the former driver and bodyguard of De Lima then asked him and other convicts to give De Lima P50,000 per week to support her campaign.
Besides Magleo and Colanggo, former NBI agent Jovencio Ablen Jr. and former BuCor OIC Rafael Ragos stated that they had delivered a total of P10 Million to De Lima’s house way back in 2012, Ablen and Ragos added that the money came from the convicted drug lord, Peter Co.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said that the testimonies of the witnesses could already be used to file a complaint against De Lima due to violations of the Dangerous Drugs Act and Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
Aguirre says that the safety and security of the witnesses their primary concern after the information they exposed. However, the witnesses will be transferred to the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.