MANILA – Convicted crime boss Jaybee Sebastian on Monday denied that he was a government asset of the previous administration, refuting claims of Senator Leila de Lima.
De Lima earlier said Sebastian was an asset who gave the government useful information that led to the December 2014 raid in the Bilibid.
Asked by House committee on justice chairperson Reynaldo Umali if this was true, Sebastian said: “No, your Honor… Iyun din po ang gusto kong linawin dito [That is also what I want to clarify], your Honor.”
The convicted kidnapper repeated his denial after taking his oath.
NOT DE LIMA'S FAVORITE?
During the inquiry, Sebastian said it was not him but convicted robbery gang leader Herbert Colanggo who was De Lima's favorite.
Colanggo is among the "Bilibid 19," a group of high-profile convicts who reportedly enjoyed perks while behind bars at the NBP.
In his affidavit, Sebastian said Colanggo was appointed overall spokesman of the maximum security compound in 2013 despite his lack of skills.
He said Colanggo was also allowed to bring in contraband like women, guns, alcohol, and other expensive things to the jail.
Colanggo even brought in truckloads of beer and people to watch his concerts, he said.
"Tahasan niya ring ipinagyayabang sa aming mga kakosa sa maximum na malakas siya kay Sec. De Lima dahil kapartido niya sa Liberal Party ang kanyang girlfriend na si Nova Parojinog na isang bise mayor at ang tatay nito na si Mayor Parojinog sa Ozamis City," said Sebastian.
[He boasted to his fellow inmates that he had the favor of Sec. De Lima because she was the party-mate of his girlfriend Nova Parojing and her father Mayor Parojing in Ozamis City.]
Earlier, a viral photo and video clip fueled online speculations that De Lima had partied with Colanggo in at least two occasions. She denied the allegation.
CORRUPTION INSIDE BUILDING 14
Sebastian, while reading his affidavit at the hearing, also recounted the alleged corruption inside NBP's Building 14 or Special Housing Unit which was supposedly built for high-profile drug inmates.
He said he witnessed how inmates were able to smuggle cellphones, alcohol, laptops, roosters for cockfights, women, and millions in cash.
"Nag-mistulang lahat ng may kinalaman sa drug trade ay pinagsama-sama lamang sa Building 14 upang mas maluwag makagalaw at makapagnegosyo ng shabu," he said.
[It seems as if everything that had to do with the drug trade were collected inside Building 14 so it would be easier to smuggle and sell shabu.]
Watch a live stream of the hearing at https://news.abs-cbn.com/live.