Sandra Cam threatens to expose more dirt on De Lima
FORMER whistleblower Sandra Cam on Thursday threatened to expose Senator Leila de Lima’s shenanigans as former Justice Secretary after the latter dismissed as “rubbish” the “matrix” President Rodrigo Duterte made public that showed her and her alleged lover Ronnie Dayan’s involvement in drugs.
Saying she was like “a voice in a wilderness” after being ignored in years, Cam said she felt vindicated when Duterte publicly lambasted De Lima for her alleged drug ties, threatening the neophyte senator that she will reveal more evidence against De Lima.
“Kahit sa impyerno haharapin ko siya. I’m very willing to face her fair and square dahil 2012 pa kaming nagkakabanggan, kahit pinagtatawanan ako noon. At least now I feel vindicated. For so many years like I was a voice in a wilderness na walang umiintindi, walang nakikinig,” Cam told reporters at Camp Crame after a visit at the office of Interior Secretary Mike Sueno.
“‘Wag mo nang sabihing kabalastugan ito lahat dahil lalo ka naming ididiin. Mag-hintay ka lang. Maraming lulutang, pati ‘yung delivery ng (drug money) sa iyong bahay,” Cam added.
But Cam clarified that the President’s information on De Lima’s alleged involvement in drug activities did not come from her. She said Duterte has a “vast intelligence network” that could provide him evidence against De Lima.
Cam said De Lima was protecting National Bilibid Prison (NBP) inmate and convicted drug lord Jaybee Sebastian, sparing him from surprise raids in the penitentiary because he was the former secretary’s friend.
She added that Charlie Quidato, a Bilbid inmate, texted her a week before he was killed inside the Bilibid, saying Sebastian knew Quidato was tipping off intelligence operatives about the Commando Gang leader’s ties with De Lima.
“One week before ‘yung kasama ni Jaybee Sebastian napatay, si Charlie Quidato, sinabi niya sa akin feeling niya mamamatay siya dahil nalaman ni Jaybee na isa siya sa nagbibigay ng information sa akin at doon sa mga taga intelligence,” she said.
“Sinabi niya lahat paano pumapasok ang pera doon. Imagine, dalawang vault ng pera at may alahas at baril. Ngayon ang tanong ko sa’yo, De Lima, bakit noong nagre-raid ka sa Bilibid na naka cowboy attire ka pa, ‘yung sinabi mong ‘Bilibid 19’ na dinala mo sa NBI, wala si Jaybee? ‘Yan ang sagutin mo sa taong-bayan,” Cam added.
Reyes Brothers’ escape
Cam, also the president of the Whistleblowers Association of the Philippines, accused De Lima of allowing then fugitives former Palawan governor Joel Reyes and his brother, former Coron town mayor Mario Reyes to sneak out of the country when she was still the Justice Secretary.
The Reyes brothers were accused of masterminding the 2011 killing of broadcaster and environmentalist Gerry Ortega,
Cam said the driver of the Reyes brothers could testify that their passports were secretly signed by an Immigration officer inside their car so they could go in hiding in Vietnam. The two were arrested in September 2015 in Thailand.
“Yung paglabas ng Reyes brothers, tinatakan ang passport sa loob ng sasakyan. Bakit nagawa niya yun? Tanungin mo saan siya natutulog pag pumupunta siya sa Palawan. Doon kay Joel Reyes, sa bahay ni Joel Reyes,” said Cam, adding that De Lima was a former election lawyer of the Reyeses.
De Lima coddled Mancao?
Cam also said that during the campaign period, De Lima was going around the provinces with fugitive former police Senior Supt. Cezar Mancao II.
“Fugitive siya pero matagal ‘yang nag-manhunt operations kay Mancao, nakuha mo? Hindi. Nung nangangampanya ka diba kasama mo siya sa Compostela Valley, sa Panabo, sa Davao del Norte/ Sasabihin mo nanamang hindi totoo ‘yan. Dadalhan kita ng testigo,” she said.
Cam added that she has Mancao’s ex-partner, whom he had a child with, who could testify that De Lima coddled the former police officer.
“Secretary De Lima, alam mo from your heart na totoo ito. Kaya nga inupuan kita sa likod mo mismo doon sa Senado noon Tuesday for you to feel na kahit senador ka na, hindi tumataas balahibo ko sa iyo. Ngayon sasabihin mo ‘yung matrix ni President Duterte, kabalastugan? Tignan natin,” she said.
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