Senators Leila De Lima and Antonio Trillanes IV are being linked to the stabbing of high-profile New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) inmate Jaybee Sebastian, according to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, citing the affidavit of the suspect, inmate Tomas Doniña. The suspect earlier said he was instructed to attack Sebastian so the latter cannot testify vs Sen de Lima.
“Yung kay Jaybee Sebastian meron one of the inmates said it was instigated to stop Jaybee Sebastian (from testifying on De Lima’s drug links at the House of Representatives) at ang itinuturo nila ay an official of the Philippine Navy parang yun ang nag-utos (ng pananaksak),” Sec Aguirre told reporters this Tuesday, December 3.
“Nababanggit dun si Trillanes and De Lima but no supporting (evidence). Nababanggit lang. Yung mismong sumaksak (ang bumanggit),” He added, noting that he was convinced that there is a threat on Sebastian’s life and this is why he allowed the latter’s transfer to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) jail in Manila last Wednesday, December 28.
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The said stabbing incident happened inside Building 14 of the NBP at around 7:40 a.m. last September 28, wherein Jaybee Sebastian identified Doniña as an aide of fellow inmate, former Chief Inspector Clarence Dongail. Three convicted Chinese drug lords were also stabbed in the incident. One of them died, who was identified as Tony Co.
In his testimony, Major Dongail claimed that shortly before the incident, he saw the Chinese drug lords engaging in a shabu session inside in the room of Tony Co and told them to stop before Special Action Force (SAF) members can see them. However, Co refused to stop, and attacked him with a bladed weapon which started the bloody riot.
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Sen. De Lima has earlier denied being involved in the stabbing incident. Meanwhile, Sen. Trillanes immediately reacted on Sec. Aguirre’s statement, saying that that DOJ secretary should get his stories straight as the matter would be the subject of a Senate inquiry. “Why would I even do that? It is totally absurd,” the anti-Duterte senator said in a statement.