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Friday, October 28, 2016
Pang-diin: VACC submits sworn statements of witnesses vs. De Lima to DOJ
To strengthen its drug complaint against Senator Leila De Lima, the Victims Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) has submitted before the Department of Justice (DOJ) the sworn statements of 18 witnesses who testified before the House of Representatives.
The VACC attached the statements of the witnesses in the supplemental complaint it filed Thursday (October 27) against De Lima.
Also included in the supplemental complaint is the report-slash-findings of the House Committee on Justice which recently conducted an inquiry on the proliferation of illegal drugs at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
“Nakita namin meron naituro na mga congressmen natin na mga credible na witnesses na nag support sa sinasabi ni Chair Umali (House Committee on Justice chairman Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali) that all roads lead to Senator de Lima pagdating sa NBP drug trade at iyon minarapat namin ilagay sa supplemental complaint upang patibayin ang unang complaint na pakita na kabaliktaran sa sinasabi ni Senator de Lima at di po hearsay,” said VACC lawyer Ferdinand Topacio.
The sworn statements included those from National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Deputy Director Rafael Ragos; NBI agent Jovencio Ablen; Presidential Security Group (PSG) members Joenel Sanchez and Romel Falcasantos; Police Superintendent Jerry Valeroso; Reynante Diaz; and Bilibid inmates Rodolfo Magleo, Herbert Colanggo, Noel Martinez, Jaime Patcho, Hans Anton Tan, Froilan Trestiza, Jojo Baligad, Engelberto Durano, Nonilo Arile, Joel Capones, Wu Tuan Yuan who is also known as Peter Co, and Vicente Sy.