THE Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) said it has strong evidence against detained Senator Leila M. de Lima linking the former Justice secretary to illegal drug trade inside the National Bilibid Prisons.
According to VACC Legal Chief Atty. 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 traffic dangerous drugs inside the prison on November 24, 2012 where they were able to collect five million pesos from illegal drug proceeds.
Former National Bureau of Investigation agent Jovencio Ablen Jr claimed that he saw the delivery of bags of money to Senator Leila de Lima’s house in Parañaque.
Citing the information charge sheet, Topacio said that former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) 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 November 24, 2012 and 15 December 2012, Ragos delivered Five (5) million each to accused De Lima and Dayan at Laguna Bay corners Subic Bay Drive, South bay Village, Paranaque City.
Ablen had known Ragos since 1991 when he was appointed as Intelligence Agent of the NBI, according to the charge sheet.
On 24 November 2012, he was in his house when at around 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 paramagprepare po. Ragos: “Sige, sige, mga 9 o’clock daanan kita”.
“ At around 9 o’clock in the morning, Ragos called Ablen again informing him that he is already down at the street waiting for him. ; Ablen boarded a Hyundai Tucson driven by Ragos with plate no. RGU 910 (a government vehicle owned by the NBI). ~ Ablen boarded the vehicle for many times. ; When Ablen and Ragos were inside the vehicle, the latter told the former, “Nior, may lakad tayo, magdadala tayo ng kota kay lola.”; According to Ablen, kota means money the source of which could be from illegal means. ; Lola refers to then SOJ De Lima. Term used by Ragos pertaining to De Lima. ; Ablen boarded the front passenger side. He noticed on his left a big black bag. ;Ragos told Ablen, “may pera dyan, limang milyon yan.”
Topacio said that VACC charged the respondents with violation of Section 5, in relation to Section 26 (b) of Republic Act 9165, otherwise known as the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
The said provisions prohibit the “sale, trading, administration, dispensation, delivery, distribution and transportation of any dangerous drug or controlled precursor and essential chemical or both.”