- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II announced that the stabbing incident against Jaybee Sebastian was linked to Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Leila de Lima
- According to Aguirre, Sebastian's attacker had given an affidavit which mentioned the two
- The two senators have denied the allegations, and called for an inquiry into the "apparent mismanagement and/or incompetence"
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II announced that Tomas Doniña, the man who tried to stab inmate Jaybee Sebastian, had acted on orders from Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Leila de Lima.
According to Aguirre, Doniña's affidavit had noted that he was instructed by a Navy official to carry out the orders of the two senators and attack Sebastian before he could appear in the congressional hearing.
"Ang tinuturo nila is parang ang kumuha sa kanila is an official of the Philippine Navy. Nabanggit doon si Trillanes and De Lima," Aguirre said.
"Nasa affidavit ng sumaksak ata. He was told through a Navy officer. Iyung Navy officer ang nag-utos sa kanya. Na-mention doon ang participation nina Trillanes and De Lima," he added.
According to Aguirre, despite the naming of the senators in the testimony, the affidavit is not enough proof so they were not charged.
The lady senator had already denied any knowledge of the kill attempt on the inmates who were expected to testify against her.
Trillanes, on the other hand, had categorically denied the allegation tagging it as "totally absurd."
“I categorically deny any involvement in the stabbing incident of Jaybee Sebastian. Why would I even do that? It is totally absurd,” Trillanes said.
“Anyway, Aguirre and his gang better get their stories straight because we will have a full blown Senate inquiry to get the truth out,” he added.
The two senators have denied the allegations, and called for an inquiry into the "apparent mismanagement and/or incompetence" of the Bureau of Corrections and Philippine National Police.