JUSTICE Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has debunked Senator Leila de Lima's claim that suspected drug lord and inmate Jaybee Sebastian is a government asset.
According to Aguirre, it is impossible that Sebastian, whom witnesses in the congressional inquiry last Wednesday identified as the "king" and the head of the centralized drug trade inside the maximum facility, is a government asset.
Senator De Lima in a press conference on Thursday said inmate Sebastian, who is accused of requiring inmate leaders to trade drugs to raise funds for De Lima's senatorial bid, was a government asset.
“The reason why I’m saying he’s an asset is to dispel yung mga maling haka-haka, insinuations that the reason why hindi muna siya sinama sa Bilibid 19 is because favored, protektado and lalo na yung insinuations na siya kumolekta ng pera para sa akin,” De Lima said.
De Lima also challenged the House committee investigating the illegal drug proliferation in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) to invite Sebastian to the probe.
“If he wants to testify, let him address that,” the senator said.
According to inmate Rodolfo Magleo, a retired major who was detained in NBP for kidnapping, Sebastian is the most favored inmate as he was able to invite De Lima inside his kubol.
Magleo said he had seen De Lima going to Sebastian's cell thrice where the former Justice secretary stayed for about two to three hours.
Detainee Jaime Patcho, a commander of one of the groups in NBP called Batman, also claimed that he gave De Lima money through her alleged conduit Jaybee Sebastian.
Inmate Noel Martinez, commander of the Genuine Ilocano Group (GIG), also claimed that Sebastian called him to help in raising funds for De Lima's senatorial bid. The other leaders were also compelled to contribute by selling illegal drugs.
According to the inmates, the transfer of the high profile inmates at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) facility was allegedly planned to give Sebastian the power to centralize drug trade at the national penitentiary as ordered by then Justice secretary De Lima.
On December 15, 2014, 19 high profile inmates were transferred to the NBI except for Sebastian. (Sunnex)