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Noel Martinez , a witness on the case investigating Senator Leila De Lima’s involvement in the drug trade inside Bilibid , claimed that ...
Noel Martinez, a witness on the case investigating Senator Leila De Lima’s involvement in the drug trade inside Bilibid, claimed that inmates inside the New Bilibid Prison were forced to sell drugs to fund the Senator’s campaign.
Martinez, a convicted kidnapper and leader of the Genuine Ilocano Group (GIG) inside Bilibid, said that he was called by detained drug lord and alleged De Lima financier Jaybee Sebastian to his office on February 2013. Martinez said the Sebastian asked him to give a huge amount of money in exchange for the GIG’s protection.
However, Martinez said that out of utang na loob , he offered to hire pushers outside Bilibid as well as monitor the business. He also claimed that he was forced by Sebastian to sell drugs inside Bilibid "Dahil mas malakas daw ang kita kung dito sa loob ng Bilibid ang bentahan (There's bigger money if sales are done inside Bilibid)",
Martinez said in an interview with CNN Philippines.
Witness Noel Martinez: We sold drugs to fund Leila De Lima's senatorial campaign | LIVE: https://t.co/CaczwF9CtH http://pic.twitter.com/GKiHFUgb2K— CNN Philippines (@cnnphilippines) September 21, 2016
He also said that the GIG was forced to give P500,000 to former Bureau of Corrections Director Franklin Bucayo.
Eventually, the GIG was required to give money on a weekly basis.
Martinez begged to be transferred from Building 14, where high-profile inmates linked to the drug trade are detained, for fear for his life and safety.
Another witness named Jaime Patcho, commander of the Batman group also said that he was approached by Sebastian to help fund De Lima’s campaign.
De Lima dismissed the witnesses as false and their testimonies as fabricated.
Patcho: Jaybee Sebastian's word was law in Bilibid. I saw De Lima visit Sebastian twice inside Bilibid http://pic.twitter.com/hwT0yiF4ol— CNN Philippines (@cnnphilippines) September 21, 2016