Aguirre on De Lima’s claim that Jaybee Sebastian is a gov’t asset: It’s stupid

  • DOJ Secretary rebuffed senator’s claim of Bilibid convict working for the gov’t
  • He said Sebastian should’ve been transferred with VIP cons if he worked as gov’t spy
  • He also said witnesses have tagged him as the one who centralized drug ops in Bilibid

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre III rebuffed Sen. Leila de Lima’s claim of convict Jaybee Sebastian working as an asset of the government and described the notion as ‘stupid’.

According to Aguirre, Sebastian should have been transferred along with the 19 high-profile inmates from Bilibid’s maximum security compound to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) holding facility so he could get information on them if he was truly a spy.

“Dapat sinama mo ‘yan sa Bilibid 19 para makuha mo ang impormasyon about the inmates involved in illegal drugs. Ang ginawa mo ay hiniwalay mo, so ano makukuha niyang information sa Bilibid 19?” GMA News quoted him as saying.

[He should have been joined with the Bilibid 19 so you could get information about the inmates involved in illegal drugs. What you did was separate him, so how could you get information about the Bilibid 19?]

“Why did you separate him from the other high-profile inmates?” Aguirre added.

Aguirre also pointed to the testimony of several witnesses who have tagged Sebastian as the man who centralized the drug operations in Bilibid.

“Yan ang talagang kalokohan. Kung paniniwalaan mo ‘yung witnesses namin na siya ang number one drug trader sa Bilibid matatawag mo bang asset ‘yun samantalang siya ang most guilty doon sa pagti-trade?” he asked.

[That’s the crazy part. If you believe our witnesses who say he’s the number one drug trader in Bilibid, could you call him an asset because he’s the one most guilty?]

De Lima earlier claimed that Sebastian was a government mole who was providing them information on the illegal goings-on in Bilibid which led to a series of raids on the prison. She stressed she separated Sebastian from the other high-profile inmates because they were already suspecting him of being a snitch.