Watch: Herbert Colangco Testifies vs Sen de Lima, Reveals De Lima’s Cellphone Number (Video)
Herbert Colangco appeared before the House Committee on justice this Tuesday, September 20, and testified against Senator Leila de Lima on the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) when she was still the DOJ secretary. The convicted drug lord also revealed De Lima’s cellphone number as 09178429131. Watch video below.
As featured on live TV, Herbert Colangco told Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II that fellow high-profile inmate Jaybee Bautista asked him to help raise funds for the senatorial campaign of de Lima in the 2016 election. But because he said is not in good terms with Jaybee, he declined the offer, noting that it was then Joenel Sanchez comes in.the scene.
Colangco, who is also for being a recording artist inside the Bilibid, identified Joenel Sanchez as De Lima’s security aide, and was the one collecting money amounting to P3 million a month for De Lima and P1.2 million a month to former NBP Director Franklin Bucayo. He said that the money was coursed through his talent manager named Reynante Diaz.
“May P3 million kaming binibgay kay Secretary De Lima, buwan-buwan… Ikokolekta ko po sa area ko, P100,000, P200,000, may P500,000. So ‘pag umabot ng P3 million… Iyon ang PR payola po,” Colangco said, noting that he decided to ask Sanchez if he can talk to De Lima because he has never heard of the latter since his first remittance in October 2013.
In addition, Colangco mentioned De Lima’s alleged driver-lover, Ronnie Dayan as also part of the transaction of drug money inside the Bilibid. The singer-inmate even stressed out that he was able to talk to then-DOJ Secretary de Lima on the second week of January 2014 via her phone number, 09178429131 to prove that De Lima knows about everything.
Shortly, Cebu Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia, who was also in the same House hearing, revealed that the said phone number is on her phone list under the name of Leila de Lima. Likewise, Secretary Aguirre later showed the panel a certificate from Globe Telecoms proving that 09178429131 was issued to de Lima. As of posting, the said number is still active.