Several inmates from the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), headed by drug and robbery convict Herbert Colangco, submitted affidavits to the Department of Justice (DOJ) alleging that Senator Leila De Lima has pocketed millions of bribe money when she was still Secretary of the DOJ.
Herbert Colangco is probably best known as the musician inmate who was able to create a music video while in prison, and even managed to win an online music award for it.
Colangco revealed that De Lima received at least P3 million every month from the Carcel Side, a group of gangs of inmates from Visayas and Mindanao inside the New Bilibid Prison.
He said that the bribe money they give to De Lima was for their continued enjoyment of privileges given to them, and for their continued hassle-free business operation inside the New Bilibid Prison.
Their business operation inside the prison block included illegal drugs, and even liquor.
He also disclosed that he was allowed to sell beer in can during events at the NBP, and could earn up to P3 million for beer alone. The beers were sold for more than ten-fold their original prices to inmates.
Colangco, fellow drug convict Noel Martinez, and 10 other inmates will be testifying in an inquiry on the illegal drug trade inside the NBP before the House of Representatives. This was confirmed by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre.
According to Aguirre, some inmates confessed to have collected drug money for the financial support of De Lima’s senatorial race. He also hinted that the man responsible for the delivery of P5 million to De Lima’s house in Paranaque is in custody as a witness.
Aguirre also alleged that Edgar Matobato was De Lima’s poor attempt at cushioning the blows of the incriminating evidences to be presented against her in the upcoming House of Representative inquiry on Tuesday.