- Bilibid inmate claimed that Jaybee Sebastian ordered gangs to raise P20 million each for De Lima
- He said Sebastian told them to raise the money by selling drugs and contraband inside NBP
- He recounted falling out of favor with Sebastian after his group raised only P16.35 million
MANILA, Philippines – Did part of Sen. Leila de Lima’s campaign kitty for her senatorial run come from convicts in New Bilibid Prisons (NBP)?
In his affidavit, one inmate set to testify against the senator before the House of Representatives claimed prison leader Jaybee Sebastian ordered several groups under his command to raise at least P20 million each as their contribution to De Lima’s campaign funds.
According to the inmate who was a member of one such group, Sebastian — who made it clear to the different gang leaders that they were raising funds for De Lima — tasked them with selling drugs and other contraband inside the prison to reach their target with the assurance that they won’t be bothered by prison officials.
“We were told that there was nothing to fear, that we could freely move and that we would be protected. But we need to raise P20 million for our group within three months to support the senatorial candidacy of Secretary De Lima in the 2016 election,” the Philippine Star quoted him as saying.
The inmate added that Sebastian warned those who wouldn’t meet their quota that they will have their privileges cut off and transferred to the prison of the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila.
He also revealed that his group fell out of favor with Sebastian after they managed to raise only P16,350,000.
“I said I could not meet the target anymore because my collection fell. From that time on, Jaybee treated me differently,” he claimed.