Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II promised an “explosive” congressional inquiry into the drug trade at the state penitentiary during the previous administration, as 14 witnesses, including high-profile convicts, are set to testify against Senator Leila de Lima.
Aguirre said in an interview with radio dzMM that Herbert Colangco will be among the witnesses who will testify before the House committee on justice on Tuesday morning, September 20.
Colangco is serving time for kidnapping but allegedly continues to run illegal drug operations from the maximum security prison.
Aguirre added that two National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Officials who delivered money to De lima’s house will also testify. “Two will testify that they delivered drug money to Senator De Lima at her house in Parañaque. Each delivery is worth P5 million ($104,666),” Aguirre quoted saying in Filipino.
He said the House probe would show why Edgar Matobato, a self-confessed hitman in the so-called Davao Death Squad, suddenly appeared at the Senate probe into extrajudicial killings led by De Lima on Thursday.
Aguirre also said that other witnesses are coming from different jails and not only from Bilibid.
“Expect explosive Senate hearing on De Lima,” Aguirre said. /Rappler, Tisa Carandang/