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Monday, April 22, 2019

Ex-BuCor exec admits delivering 'drug money' to De Lima

A FORMER Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) official admitted Tuesday that he personally delivered millions of pesos to Senator Leila de Lima in her residence in Paranaque City during her term as Justice Secretary.

National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director III Rafael Ragos, a former BuCor officer-in-charge, told a House inquiry that he went to de Lima's house twice to deliver drug money amounting to P5 million.

In November 24, 2012, Ragos said that an anonymous caller called him and ordered him to deliver a black handbag to de Lima's driver Ronnie Dayan.

Ragos said that the caller, whom he surmise a gang member, had told him that the P5 million inside the bag came from drug convict Peter Co.

Ragos said that he followed the order as he feared for his life.

He told the panel that after he received the order, NBI Intelligence agent Jovencio Ablen Jr. accompanied him to de Lima's residence.

Ablen was one of the agents assigned to help investigate the grenade explosion incident at the maximum-security compound of the NBP.

On the first delivery, Ablen said Ragos told him that the task is "very important" and "confidential".

"Confidential to. Tayong dalawa lang ang makakaalam nito. Dadalhin natin 'yung quota kay Lola. P5 million 'yang nasa bag," Ablen quoting Ragos said.

According to Ragos, they delivered the money at de Lima's residence in South Bay village, Paranaque City and handed the bag to Dayan.

"We proceed to the door where Senator de Lima was waiting. At the main door, Dayan handed the black handbag to Senator De Lima," Ragos said.

According to Ragos, the second delivery was made in December 2012 from the same drug lord, Co.

Ragos and Ablen were among the six people who testified in the congressional inquiry on drug trade at the NBP. The other four are inmates from the NBP. All witnesses were granted immunity and were admitted to the Witness Protection Program of the Department of Justice. (Sunnex)
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