Drug Lord and robbery convict Herbert Colangco revealed that the Carcel Side coalition of gangs of inmates from the Visayas and Mindanao in New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City had paid Senator Leila de Lima P3 million per month.
Carcel is one of the two factions of inmates in the national penitentiary with over 7,000 members belonging to the Oxo Allied Group which was led by Colangco and the other is the Presidio Side led by drug convict Jaybee Sebastian with over 5,000 inmates, mostly from Luzon.
This common allegation was raised by inmates in their affidavits submitted to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
In a four-page affidavit submitted by Colangco, he explained that the amount was for “payola” to then DOJ secretary De Lima “para sa pribilehiyo sa amin at para maipagpatuloy din ang mga negosyo sa Bilibid (for privileges accorded to us and also for our businesses inside the NBP to continue).”
“Sa tantiya ko po, ang umiikot na halaga ng droga sa loob ng Bilibid sa pagpayag ni secretary De Lima bago pa kami ilipat sa NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) ay hindi bababa sa limampung milyong piso kada buwan (By my estimate, the amount of illegal drug trade inside the NBP upon permission of secretary De Lima before we were transferred to NBI would not be lower than P50 million per month),” said by the self-styled musician who even managed to produce music videos inside the prison.
Aside from illegal drug trade, Colangco testified that he also ventured into selling beer inside the NBP during De Lima’s time as Justice Secretary.
He said he was allowed by de Lima to sell beer in can to thousands of inmates during events at NBP having more than 10 times the original price per can and would earn P3 million for 300 boxes.
“Ang share ni secretary De Lima sa pag-aapruba sa pagpasok nito ay P1 million. Ito po ay dinadala ng tao kong si Rey sa DOJ o kinukuha ng tao ni secretary De Lima na si Joenel Sanchez (kasama sa security ni De Lima) at ng kanyang boyfriend na si Ronnie Dayan (secretary De Lima’s share for approving the entry of beer was P1 million. It was either delivered by my courier Rey to DOJ or picked up by secretary De Lima’s security aide Joenel Sanchez and her boyfriend Ronnie Dayan),” Colangco further said allegedly in his notarized affidavit.
Colangco, head of the notorious Ozamiz robbery gang, recalled that when he and other high-profile inmates were transferred to the NBI in 2014, Sebastian then had a monopoly of illegal drug trade and other illicit activities inside the NBP.
“Ang hindi susunod sa kanyang gusto ay tinatakot na ipapatapon. Naniniwala ang mga tao sa loob ng Bilibid na pwedeng gawin ito sa kanila ni Jaybee Sebastian dahil alam nila ito ay malapit kay secretary De Lima lalo na sa boyfriend nito na si Ronnie Dayan (Those who will defy him were warned to be thrown away. People in the NBP believe that he is capable of doing that because he is known to be close with secretary De Lima, especially with her boyfriend Ronnie Dayan),” he added in the sworn statement signed last Sept. 1.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II confirmed that Colangco, fellow drug convict Noel Martinez and about 10 other inmates would stand as witnesses before the House of Representatives inquiry on the proliferation of illegal drugs in the NBP.
The DOJ chief added that there is also a witness who delivered P5 million to De Lima’s house in Parañaque City, which was allegedly personally received by the senator and his driver Dayan.
Aguirre added that they also received information that De Lima was wearing disguise everytime she visit the NBP for eight times and would go directly to the “kubol” of Sebastian.
He said that a letter from Sebastian would be submitted to the House regarding this matter.
Aguirre earlier alleged that secretary De Lima brought out “coached witness” Edgar Matobato, and was claiming to be a former member of the Davao death squad is in a desperate move to preempt falsify testimonies and evidence against the president for exploding her drug-related ventures.