NBP inmate ‘Jaybee Sebastian’ will attend the next hearing
According to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, they will assure Jaybee Sebastian from New Bilibid Prison will attend the next hearing to testify.
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“Kung iyong sabi mo to forcibly bring him? Pag ayaw niyang sumunod ay malamang iyon ang gawin sa kanya. Kasi compulsory process iyon eh,” Aguirre told radio dzBB in an interview.
“Actually hindi subpoena eh. Ako ang nire-request as head of the Department of Justice (DOJ) kaya parang kasi suspended ang political rights ng ilang prisoners eh so wala silang karapatan na tanggihan ang mga iyon,” Aguirre said.
Aguirre clarified that they has not issued a subpoena on Sebastian, he allegedly collected money from fellow high profile inmates for Sen. Leila de Lima’s candidacy in the last May elections.
The next hearing has been moved to October 5 because Aguirre was required by President Duterte to join the trip to Vietnam from September 27 to 30.
Sebastian was required to execute an affidavit regarding his knowledge on the New Bilibid Prison drug trade.
“Di ako maaaring mag-speculate. Dalawang bagay ang puwedeng gawin niya: magsabi siya ng totoo o magsabi siya ng kasinungalingan,” Aguirre said when asked about Sebastian’s possible testimony.
According to Leila de Lima that Jaybee Sebastian was a government asset, which Aguirre said was a foolish claim.
Aguirre said that he would like to cross-examine Sebastian so that he can get something out from the inmate.
“Kung ako ay papayagan na magtanong eh, sa cross-examination eh palagay ko makaka-contribute tayo kahit papaano para mapalabas ang katotohanan kay Sebastian,” he said.
”Sa assessment ng lahat, including the leadership of the committee, at malinaw na walang um-oppose na walang drugs dyan, walang um0oppose na nagsasabi na walang mga payola pero hindi ibig sabhin na proven na.” Aguirre said.
Meanwhile, Aguirre said they may not be able to file charges against De Lima soon because they still has to pursue several leads.
However, he is confident the charges may be filed before the end of the year.