- Convicted armed robber and drug dealer Herbert Colangco agreed to testify against Senator Leila De Lima
- A Congressional inquiry will investigate the alleged involvement of Senator De Lima on the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison
- The inquiry is scheduled to open on September 20
Department of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre disclosed on Friday, September 16, that convicted armed robber and big time drug dealer Herbert Colangco was among several high-profile inmates at the New Bilibid Prison who agreed to testify against Senator Leila De Lima.
A Congressional inquiry on the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the national penitentiary during the time when De Lima was Department of Justice Secretary will commence next week.
As noted by the Inquirer, 10 to 12 high-profile inmates will testify that then Justice Secretary De Lima received “drug money” from convicted drug lords serving time inside the penitentiary.
There are 10 to 12 high profile inmates that will testify. Kasama si Colangco dun (Colangco is one of them). They have agreed to testify,” Justice Secretary Aguirre said.
Aguirre made it clear that no concessions were given to the inmates in exchange for their testimonies.
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said they will invite Senator De Lima to the hearing that is set to open at 9:30 a.m. on September 20, but the senator, who denied allegations that she was involved in the illegal drug trade, said she will not attend the hearing.
The lady senator wondered why she is the one being investigated, saying she was the one who initiated the investigation of the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the national penitentiary.