The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption says it has strong evidence against detained Senator Leila M. de Lima linking the former Justice secretary to illegal drug trade inside the National Bilibid Prison.
According to VACC Legal Chief Ferdinand Topacio, the detained senator conspired with Ronnie P. Dayan, an employee of the Department of Justice detailed as driver and bodyguard of De Lima to commit illegal drug trade inside the NBP where she collected P5 million in cash.
Based on the charge sheet submitted by the VACC, Dayan willfully agreed with De Lima to traffick dangerous drugs inside the prison on Nov. 24, 2012 where they were able to collect P5 million from illegal drug proceeds.
Former National Bureau of Investigation agent Jovencio Ablen Jr. claimed he saw the delivery of bags of money to De Lima’s house in Parañaque.
Citing the information charge sheet, Topacio said in a statement that former Bureau of Corrections officer-in-charge Rafael Ragos also conspired with De Lima when he delivered the “quota” or money to the senator.
It summarized the event as follows: On Nov. 24, 2012 and Dec. 15, 2012, Ragos delivered Five (5) million each to accused De Lima and Dayan at Laguna Bay corners Subic Bay Drive, South bay Village, Parañaque City.
Ablen has known Ragos since 1991 when he was appointed as Intelligence Agent of the NBI, according to the charge sheet.
On Nov. 24, 2012, he was in his house when at 8 o’clock in the morning, he received a call from Ragos. The following conversations over the phone transpired:
Ragos asked him: “Nior asaan ka?” ; Ablen: “Sir, andito lang po ako sa bahay.” ;Ragos: “Daanan kita dyan, may lakad tayo.” ; Ablen: “Sir, maliligo lang po ako, give me at least an hour para mag prepare po. Ragos: “Sige, sige, mga 9 o’clock daanan kita”.