The name of Senator Leila de Lima was mentioned in letter written by a German detainee inside the Camp Bagong Diwa jail in Taguig City. The handwritten German letter is among those items confiscated inside one of the eight prison cells when hundreds of policemen conducted a raid at the said jail last Monday, December 12. See photo of letter below.
“We have received persistent reports na may mga transaction dito at may nakakapasok na illegal drugs dito particularly shabu (illegal drugs are being brought inside this jail through transactions from outside.).” National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief Oscar Albayalde was quoted at CNN Philippines that day about the said Oplan Galugad raid.
According to the Metro Manila police, illegal drug transactions might have been moved to other jails after stricter implementation were imposed at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP). As we all know, Sen. De Lima is being accused of receiving drug money from high-profile inmates at the Bilibid through her former driver-bodyguard and lover, Ronnie Palisok Dayan.
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Among the other items confiscated during the Oplan Galugad at Camp Bagong Diwa cells include 17 small sachets of suspected shabu, drug paraphernalia, cellphones, bladed weapons, and undetermined amount of cash. No gun was reportedly found. The said raid was also assisted by members of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BLMP).
In an interview, Metro Manila District Jail warden Supt. Mark Brian Derain insisted there is no proliferation of illegal drugs inside the Camp Bagong Diwa prison. However, he admitted that there are few instances where shabu and other illegal items are being brought inside, and that this is because they lack personnel to conduct regular and stricter searches.
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Meanwhile, the German detainee who wrote the letter was identified as a certain Gruss Toni. He addressed his letter to Alfred Lehnert, and told him that Sen. Leila de Lima has visited the jail, and that the letter is mostly about money for his lawyer. However, he emphasized that he never talked with the Liberal Party (LP) senator, or even saw her.