- Rafael Ragos, former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) OIC and the star witness during the hearing of Sen. Leila de Lima retracted his previous statement
- Ragos was co-accused and was then made a key witness on record for the prosecution
- The former BuCor OIC said that there was no truth to any of the affidavits or court testimonies he gave
- He specifically mentioned those pertaining to the alleged delivery of monies to then Sec. De Lima or Ronnie Dayan
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Former Bureau of Corrections OIC Rafael Ragos, recanted his accusations against Sen. Leila De Lima.
In a sworn affidavit, the fomer BuCor OIC declared that there was no truth to his statements made in any investigative proceeding.
“I now hereby declare and make known to the whole world that there is no truth whatsoever to any of these affidavits or House and court testimonies, or any other statement made in the media or other investigative proceedings, including the Senate and the Department of Justice (DOJ), on the delivery of monies to Secretary De Lima or Ronnie Dayan in whatever amount," said Ragos in his sworn affidavit on April 30, as per Rappler's report.
The affidavit also stated that he was "forced" by former Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, a Duterte appointee, to corroborate the statement of Jun Ablen, an NBI intelligence agent, in pinning De Lima, CNN reported.
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"I just want to clear something that has been on my chest since this has been concealed for so long," Ragos told reporters, as per Inquirer.
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