NBI wants De Lima and others sued for Bilibid drug trade

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Thursday, November 10, recommendation for filing criminal charges against Senator Leila de Lima, other government officials and inmates of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
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The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) recommended the filing of criminal charges at the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The recommendation were led by spokesman Ferdinand Lavin and Anti-Illegal Drugs Division (AIDD) chief Joel Tovera upon orders of justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.

“We have interlocking connections, sanga-sanga ito. Iyong sinabi ng isa, vinalidate nung isa, kinorroborate ng isa (One’s statement was validated by one and corroborated by another). I believe we have a good case,” Lavin said.

De Lima, former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Franklin Bucayu, former justice undersecretary Francisco Baraan III and former BuCor officer-in-charge Rafael Ragos were also recommended to be charged for the following:

- violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act
- direct bribery
- violation of Republic Act (RA) 6173 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees

The NBI also recommended the filing of the three cases against Ronnie Dayan and Joenel Sanchez, as well as the following:

- NBI Intelligence Agent Jovencio Ablen Jr.
- Wilfredo Elli, Bucayu’s subordinate
- Julius Rejuso and a certain “George,” alleged collectors of De Lima
- Lyn Sagum, De Lima’s personal assistant

- Jesusa Francisco, the DOJ employee allegedly reporting to Baraan

NBI said that the immunity given to inmates Jaybee Sebastian, Herbert Colanggo, Wu Tuan Yuan alias Peter Co, Engelbert Durano, Vicente Sy and Jojo Baligad only covered their admission of wrongdoing, not the allegations of other witnesses.

“It is clear from their own testimonies and those of other witnesses that they themselves committed infractions considered criminal in nature and there is sufficient ground or probable cause exist to support the filing of cases,” it explained.

Source: MB

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