- Convicted drug lord Herbert Colangco revealed he paid P3 million per month to then DOJ Secretary Leila De Lima
- Colangco said the amount served as payola for the privileges accorded his group and for his illegal businesses inside NBP to thrive
- Colangco is one of the 12 inmates who agreed to testify in the Congressional Inquiry on the proliferation of drugs inside the national penitentiary
Convicted armed robber and drug lord Herbert Colangco said the Carcel Side, one of the two factions of inmates inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) that he heads, had given then Justice Secretary and now Senator Leila De Lima P3 million per month.
According to a Philstar article dated September 18, 2016, Colangco revealed in his 4-page affidavit submitted to the Department of Justice (DOJ) that the amount paid to De Lima served as “payola” for the privileges accorded his group inside the NBP and for their illegal businesses to continue.
By his own estimation, Colangco said the illegal drug trade inside the national penitentiary is worth P50 million a month.
“Sa tantiya ko po, ang umiikot na halaga ng droga sa loob ng Bilibid sa pagpayag ni secretary De Lima bago pa kami ilipat sa NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) ay hindi bababa sa limampung milyong piso kada buwan,” Colangco said in his affidavit.
[By my estimate, the amount of illegal drug trade inside the NBP upon permission of Secretary De Lima before we were transferred to NBI would not be lower than P50 million per month.]
Aside from illegal drugs, Colangco said he also ventured in beer business inside the penitentiary. He said he sold beer in cans 10 times the original price to thousands of inmates during events in NBP.
He said he would earn P3 million from 300 cases of beer in can.
“Ang share ni secretary De Lima sa pag-aapruba sa pagpasok nito ay P1 million. Ito po ay dinadala ng tao kong si Rey sa DOJ o kinukuha ng tao ni secretary De Lima na si Joenel Sanchez (kasama sa security ni De Lima) at ng kanyang boyfriend na si Ronnie Dayan,” Colangco said.
[Secretary De Lima’s share for approving the entry of beer was P1 million. It was either delivered by my courier Rey to DOJ or picked up by Secretary De Lima’s security aide Joenel Sanchez and her boyfriend Ronnie Dayan.]
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said Colangco is one of the 12 NBP inmates who agreed to testify at the Congressional Inquiry on the proliferation of illegal drugs inside NBP. The inquiry is reportedly set to start on September 20.