- Several high-profile convicts testified against Sen. De Lima during the opening of the House probe on illegal drugs at the NBP
- One of the witnesses claimed to have given millions of drug money to De Lima for her senatorial election
- The witness also alleged that the Bilibid is known as the “drug center of the world” and the “little Las Vegas”
During the opening of the House of Representatives probe on the alleged proliferation of illegal drugs at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) on Tuesday, high-profile inmates were presented as witnesses, accusing Senator Leila de Lima of being heavily involved in protecting drug lords operating inside the prison.
During the hearing, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez gave immunity to convicted kidnapper and former PNP Inspector Rodolfo Magleo, high-profile convicts Herbert Colanggo, Noel Martinez, Jaime Pacho, and two of De Lima’s subordinates in the NBI as the former Department of Justice (DOJ) chief – Jovencio Ablen Jr. and Rafael Ragos.
According to Magleo, the embattled senator is linked to Jaybee Sebastian, who became the “king of the drug lords” after he masterminded the transfer of his rivals to NBI custody during the raid led by De Lima in December 2014.
He added that Sebastian gave millions of drug money to De Lima monthly so that she can use it for her senatorial campaign. Magleo also claimed that the NBP is the “drug center of the world” and that 80 percent of the inmates have cell phones.
“They have agents outside covering Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and they contact each other through cell phones, and then their agents meet outside. The orders are made in Bilibid but the transactions are outside,” Magleo said.
Magleo said that the maximum security compound at the NBP was known as the “little Las Vegas” for the concerts and parties inside.
Meanwhile, Colanggo claimed that he had given the senator a total of P60 million in drug money until he was transferred to the custody of the NBI during the 2014 raid.
According to Colanggo, he lived a luxurious life during his time at the NBP, comparing his cell to a Shangri-La five-star hotel room. He added that De Lima profited from the concerts inside the prison, claiming that she received P1 million for each one.
De Lima has vehemently denied the allegations, accusing the witnesses of fabricating evidence against her because they either want revenge or they were blackmailed by the Duterte administration.