Published January 3, 2017 5:10pm
Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Leila De Lima have been linked to the attempt on the life of high-profile New Bilibid Prisons inmate Jaybee Sebastian, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said on Tuesday.
Aguirre said he was convinced of the threat on Sebastian's life and this was the reason why he had already been transferred to the National Bureau of Investigation jail in Manila.
"'Yung kay Jaybee Sebastian meron one of the inmates said it was instigated to stop Jaybee Sebastian (from testifying on De Lima's drug links at the House of Representatives) at ang itinuturo nila ay an official of the Philippine Navy parang yun ang nag-utos (ng pananaksak)," Aguirre told reporters.
"Nababanggit dun si Trillanes and De Lima but no supporting (evidence). Nababanggit lang. Yung mismong sumaksak (ang bumanggit)," he added.
In his affidavit read before a House inquiry, inmate Tomas Doniña said he attacked Sebastian on instructions from a former colleague at the Philippine Navy supposedly to prevent the convicted kidnapper and confessed drug dealer from testifying on De Lima's links to illegal drugs.
De Lima already denied that she had anything to do with the stabbing incident last September 28 at the national penitentiary that left killed convicted drug lord Tony Co and injured four others including Sebastian.
Sebastian is said to have pooled drug money from fellow high profile inmates for De Lima's campaign kitty during the senatorial elections last year.
Sought for comment, Trillanes said Aguirre should get his stories straight as the matter would be the subject of a Senate inquiry.
"I categorically deny any involvement in the stabbing incident of JB Sebastian. Why would I even do that? It is totally absurd," Trillanes said.
"Anyway, Aguirre and his gang better get their stories straight because we will have a full blown Senate inquiry to get the truth out," he added. —Virgil Lopez and Kathrina Charmaine Alvarez/NB, GMA News