- Investigations show that New Bilibid Prison inmate Jaybee Sebastian was stabbed to hush him from testifying against Senator Leila De Lima
- According to a statement of Tomas Doniña, his colleague from the Navy instructed him to attack the high-profile convict
- Sebastian previously revealed in inquiry that he gave De Lima millions of pesos for her senatorial bid
Two months ago,after New Bilibid Prison (NBP) inmate Jaybee Sebastian was stabbed inside the national penitentiary, investigators said on Tuesday that the incident happened to silence the high-profile convict from testifying against Senator Leila De Lima.
According to P/Supt. Francisco Ebreo of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), Tomas Doniña, an assailant of Sebastian presented a sworn statement stating that a former colleague from the Navy instructed him to attack the Sebastian who was set to testify in a Congressional hearing on October. Ebrero said:
"May kumausap sa kanya na dati niyang kasamahan from the Navy na dapat gawan niya ng paraan para mapatahimik si Jaybee Sebastian para hindi siya makapagsalita laban kay Ma'am Leila de Lima ukol sa paglaganap ng droga sa NBP."
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However, Ebrero stated that efforts to know the identification of the mentioned Navy colleague was unsuccessful and that authorities have not seen a “strong link or strong evidence…that the person he mentioned is really involved in the said plan.”
Ebreo further explained that the stabbing of Sebastian and the incident involving Chinese inmates Tony Co, Peter Co, and Vicente Sy which happened on the same date were not related.
However, lawmakers were not convinced that the two jail incidents were not related. According to Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Calos Isagani Zarate, the stabbing incident involving the Chinese inmates may have been "a diversionary tactic" for the stabbing of Sebastian.
Sebastian previously confessed in a congressional inquiry that he gave millions of pesos to Senator De Lima for her senatorial bid.