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LOOK: Affidavits vs De Lima over alleged Bilibid drug trade

/ 12:17 PM September 21, 2016
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CONVICTED FELONS AT HOUSE Witnesses Rodolfo Magleo, Herbert Colanggo, Noel Martinez and Jaime Pacho appear before the House of Representatives committee on justice, which is hearing alleged illegal drug activities implicating Sen. Leila de Lima, who was then justice secretary, at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. RICHARD A. REYES

High-profile inmates and former subordinates testified against Sen. Leila de Lima and linked her to illegal drug trade in the ongoing inquiry of the House of Representatives on the proliferation of narcotics in the national penitentiary.

The witnesses include convicted kidnapper and former Philippine National Police Insp. Rodolfo Magleo, high-profile convicts Jaime Patcho, Herbert Colanggo, Noel Martinez, Jojo Baligad, Froilan Trestiza, and Hans Anton Tan, and De Lima’s former subordinates at the National Bureau of Investigation, Rafael Ragos and Jovencio Ablen Jr.

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The witnesses, who were brought in and being examined by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre despite not being a House member, alleged that De Lima allowed the flow of drugs and other contraband in the major prison facility and supposedly received payoffs for her campaign kitty.

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The administration-backed inquiry against De Lima is being led by President Rodrigo Duterte’s allies in the “supermajority”-dominated lower chamber.

De Lima, who has become the President’s staunchest critic, initiated the Senate probe on the spate of alleged extrajudicial killings in the country amid the administration’s bloody war on drugs.

Here are the witnesses’ affidavits pinning down De Lima:

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TAGS: Drugs, Herbert Colanggo, House of Representatives, Jaime Patcho, Jovencio Ablen Jr., Leila de Lima, Noel Martinez, Rafael Ragos, Rodolfo Magleo, Witness
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