- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said that Senator Leila De Lima was receiving P3 million a month when she was still DOJ secretary
- Aguirre quoted convicted drug personality Herbert Colangco who is set to testify against De Lima
- Colangco said that he delivered the money to De Lima every month as a "payola" to continue businesses inside the prison
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre revealed on Monday that Senator Leila De Lima was receiving P3 million a month when she served as the justice secretary during the previous administration.
Aguirre quoted convicted drug dealer Herbert Colangco who was allegedly delivering P3 million monthly to De Lima.
Aguirre said: "May mga delivery kay De Lima. Si Colangco nag-deliver ng P3 million a month kay De Lima."
(There were deliveries for De Lima. Colangco was the one who delivered P3 million a month to De Lima.)
Colangco, the leader of the Carcel Side which is “a coalition of gangs of inmates from the Visayas and Mindanao” who is set to testify against De Lima on Tuesday.
According to Colangco, the amount served as a "payola" to Delima during her term as the DOJ Secretary in order to continue businesses inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
Colangco added that not less than P50 million pesos is the estimated amount of drug money that circulated inside the NBP with the permission of SenatorDe Lima before they were transferred to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
The Carcel Side leader also confessed that he was allowed to sell canned beers inside the prison 10 times the original price during events and would earn P3 million for a total of 300 boxes during the time of De Lima.
Meanwhile, Rafael Ragos, a former NBI Deputy Director who was the officer-in-charge of the Beaureu of Corrections claimed thathe also gave De Lima P5 million from the inmates.
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Aguirre said that the money was delivered by Ragos in De Lima's housein Parañaque. The money was allegedly received by De Lima in person and mentioned that her driver and alleged lover Ronnie Dayan was also there.
Ten to twelve convicted drug personalities together with NBI officials and agents are set to testify against DeLima in the investigation on the illegal drug trade proliferation inside the national penitentiary during DeLima's term as justice chief.