- High-profile inmate Herbert Colangco will be testifying against Senator Leila De Lima before the House committee on justice on Tuesday
- Colangco is one of the 10 to 12 inmates who has agreed to testify against the senator with regard to the propagation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison
- Colangco was able to shoot a music video while inside the prison and was also able to stage a concert in a Pasay hotel
Herbert “Ampang” Colangco, a high-profile inmate, is set to testify against Senator Leila De Lima on the propagation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prison.
Colangco is scheduled to testify on Tuesday before the House committee on justice. Colangco was imprisoned due to kidnapping, leading a bank robbery gang, and dealing illegal drugs.
However, despite being inside the prison walls of NBP, he is still able to do some illegal-drug-related operations. He was also able to freely do other projects inside the NBP, including shooting a music video and running a TV show.
Colangco is on the list of names in the drug matrix provided by President Rodrigo Duterte. The names in the list are inmates who are still free to continue their illegal operations despite incarceration.
Other names included in the released drug matrix are Sen. De Lima, her former driver Ronnie Dayan, and drug convict Peter Co.
It was in 2014 when and 18 other high-profile inmates were transferred to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) after it was discovered that these people were living a luxurious life inside the NBP.
Colangco was also said to have donated millions of pesos for the Bilibid hospital. He won as the New Male Recording Artist of 2014 after his music video went viral. His album “Kinabukasan” under Ivory Music also went platinum.
He was also reported to have staged an unauthorized concert outside NBP, in a Pasay City hotel, last September 2014.
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He and 18 other high-profile inmates were moved to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in late 2014 after authorities discovered that they were living a posh lifestyle inside Bilibid.
They were then moved to Bilibid’s Building 14, a highly secured facility that is separated from the maximum security compound.
According to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, all the high-profile inmates have “agreed to testify.” He emphasized that their testimony does not come with a price as it is voluntary.
Below is Colangco's music video Pano Yo'n: