Feb 23, 2021 @ 16:01
De Lima urged Guevarra to prosecute self-confessed drug pusher
Detained opposition leader Sen. Leila de Lima on Tuesday urged Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra to prosecute New Bilibid Prison inmate Jose Capones for complicity in the illegal drugs trade.
In a letter, de Lima stressed the inaction of the Department of Justice in holding “self-confessed criminal Mr. Capones liable is a serious dereliction of duty. ”
” Indeed, the DOJ’s apparently selective prosecution only affirms that the War on Drugs is only a war against the poor, the defenseless, and President Duterte’s political enemies, ” de Lima said.
Recently, Capones claimed that he witnessed suspected drug lord Jaybee Sebastian handed over to de Lima P1.4 million at the so-called “Bahay na Bato” in NBP in 2014.
During the continuation of hearing of the drug trading cases against de Lima before the Muntinlupa RTC, Branch 256 last week, DOJ prosecutors Capones who stated under oath that on December 2013, Sebastian asked him to engage in illegal drug trading inside and out of Bilibid to raise funds to support the lawmaker’s senatorial bid.
Capones admitted that he indeed transacted illegal drugs to heed Sebastian’s directive because he was convinced with the latter’s “strong influence with the previous administration,” particularly with de Lima.
“Wala na po ako magawa kundi sundin ang sinabi ni Jaybee, ” Capones told the court.
Capones narrated that on March 2014, during the anniversary of the Commando Sigue-Sigue organization, he delivered the amount of P1.4 million to Sebastian as quota payment of the shabu drugs that he sold.
According to him, the said delivery was at Sebastian’s “bahay na bato” inside the NBP. During the said delivery, he saw accused de Lima went to the same place to meet with Sebastian.
Capones recalled that he personally witnessed Sebastian handed over to de Lima the P1.4 million that he delivered to the alleged drug lord and heard him saying “Ma’am eto na po ang pera”.
Sebastian already pleaded guilty to the charge of illegal drug trading inside the NBP.#