Senator Leila de Lima and 17 others are facing complaints which the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has filed before the Department of Justice over their alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade inside the national penitentiary, according to reports gathered by NewsCentral. PH.
The NBI filed the complaints on Thursday, November 10, against de Lima for alleged violation of Sections 5, 26 (b), and 27 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act (Republic Act 9165), qualified bribery (Revised Penal Code) and Section 3 (e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (RA 3019).
Then Justice Secretary de Lima was also charged with violating An Act Punishing the Receiving and Giving of Gifts of Public Officials and Employees (Presidential Decree 46) and Section 7 of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (RA 6713).
Meanwhile, facing complaints for direct bribery and violation of Section 3(e) of RA 3019, PD 46 and Section 7 (d) of RA 6173 are:
1. former Bureau of Corrections chief Franklin Jesus Bucayu
2. former Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III
3. former Bucor officer-in-charge Rafael Ragos
4. Joenel Sanchez, De Lima’s former security aide and Presidential Security Group Member
5. Ronnie Dayan, De Lima’s former driver and bodyguard
6. Jovencio Ablen Jr., Ragos’close-in aide and NBI agent
7. Wilfredo Elli, Bucayu’s alleged bagman
8. DOJ employee Jesusa Francisco
9. Lyn Sagum, De Lima’s personal assistant during her DOJ stint
10. a certain Julius Rejuso
11. an alias George
Also included in the charge sheet were high-profile inmates linked to the sale and distribution of illegal drugs punishable under RA 9165.
1. Jaybee Sebastian
2. Herbert Colanggo
3. Engelbert Durano
4. Vicente Sy
5. Wu Tuan Yuan alias Peter Co
6. Jojo Baligad
The bases of the NBI complaints were sworn statements, documents, and testimonies of various resource persons, including inmates, who took part in the inquiry of the House of Representatives on the drug transactions at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Taguig City.
The complaints will be consolidated with two others pending before a five-man panel of prosecutors formed by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.
De Lima has repeatedly denied allegations that she used drug money to fund her senatorial campaign.